It’s customary to start talking about showing appreciation for employees around this time of year, and obviously, gratitude takes on a whole new meaning after what we’ve all been through in 2020. If there ever was a year to show appreciation for your staff members – 2020 is it.
Between furloughs, budget cuts, and remote schooling their kids, your employees have been going the extra mile for you all year long, and you absolutely need to recognize that not just now, but also moving forward through the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consider one or more of the following ways to show appreciation this holiday season.
Just Say It Already
While a gift around the holidays is almost always appreciated, sometimes just handing out envelopes can feel a bit impersonal. Simply saying a heartfelt thank you can give employee appreciation a personal touch, which can mean so much more this year. A simple thank you is especially powerful if it comes from those in upper management.
A Handwritten Note
Because they take time and effort, handwritten notes are mostly a thing of the past. However, that just means receiving a handwritten thank you note has a lot more impact than a few kind words or an email. If you’re going to go to the trouble of handwriting a note, be sure to thank each employee for something particular they did this year. That level of personalization is the key to making this gesture truly meaningful.
When in doubt, a gift card is always a safe and popular choice for most people.
Whether it’s for Amazon, Grubhub, or Google Play, small gift cards can help people buy a pandemic essential or a diversion from everyday stresses. Thankfully, grocery stores continue to be open, and a gift card to Whole Foods or another “up-market” grocery store will give your employees the chance to splurge just a little bit more on their holiday meals.
Also, keep in mind that gift cards don’t expire. Something that is closed now could be re–opened in a few weeks.
Offer Time Off
With so much that has happened this year, giving staff members an extra day off, or even a half day, can help them enormously. If you do decide to give time off, ensure that it does not impact the workload of your team. The last thing you want to do is create animosity by short-staffing your on-the-clock team.
Send Something for Families
Throughout COVID, families have been bearing an overwhelming majority of the burden. One big way to show appreciation is by acknowledging the sacrifices that the families of your employees have made throughout this year. Gift baskets, family gift cards, or group discounts are all safe ways to show appreciation to families.
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