The festive season is upon us, have you organised gifts for your employees? A survey conducted by Black Hawk Network found that 88% of employees would like a gift from their employer, while almost half (46%) don’t expect to receive anything this holiday season.
Thoughtful gifts are great for improving employee morale, creating a happy company culture and retaining staff. 39% of the people surveyed view gifts as an acknowledgement of their hard work and makes them feel appreciated by their company. Don’t underestimate how much a meaningful gift will make employees feel valued and in turn foster a productive working environment.
Chris Ronald, VP, EMEA Incentives, Blackhawk Network, said,
“The Great Resignation combined with economic bounce-back, has resulted in staff shortages at an all-time high. Adding to this, the competition for talent is driving up salary expectations. This year’s festive challenge is for employers to gift smart. Providing rewards as a ‘thank you’ plays an important role in ensuring that staff feel appreciated. Even small gestures can go a long way in building loyalty and bringing some festive cheer to hard working teams.’
It can seem costly to buy your staff Christmas gifts, but can you afford not to? Employee gifts needn’t be extravagant, over-the-top gestures. A decent bottle of wine that you know they enjoy; a favourite hand cream, chocolate bar or a gift card they can put towards a bigger purchase are some appropriate gift ideas. A lovely handwritten Christmas card expressing your genuine thanks for their work over the past year will complete the package.
Secret Santa Success
But if Secret Santa or Kris Kringle is a feature of your Christmas parties, make sure it’s a hit. 42% of employees surveyed don’t enjoy doing a Secret Santa, believing it to be a waste of time and money. You could use an online app like Secret Santa Organizer which allows participants to create a gift list. Creating a gift list means that the recipients will get items which are needed and wanted, therefore reducing unwanted gifts (and saving the planet a little).
After a turbulent two years due to the pandemic, now is time to make your team members feel more appreciated than ever. Showing how much you value them will boost employee morale and therefore will greatly benefit your business. A small act of employee recognition makes a big difference.
If you want to know more about how to motivate your staff and improve employee morale at any time of the year, give Maxine a call on 01256 236007 or email 01256 236007.0
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