How to Appreciate Your Employees During the Holidays
14 Dec 2016
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By: Leanne Zacharias


The holidays are a perfect time reflect on the year and plan for 2017.  It is also a perfect time to show your appreciation for your staff for the work they have done this year.  Showing recognition is an essential part of fostering a positive workplace culture.  Here are a few ways you can show appreciation for your staff this holiday season:


1. Give a Gift…

When most people think of a holiday gift from their employer, the most traditional or stereotypical item is the Christmas turkey or ham. Perhaps more popular now is cash or gift cards.  You may wish to give specific items to your staff for a more personal touch, just be sure to stick to inclusive and appropriate items. Check with CRA to find out if your gifts are taxable items. Another great way to incorporate gift giving is a gift exchange. This could be added on to a staff meeting or holiday party. Set a price limit, make it optional to participate or not, and it’s sure to be a fun and memorable experience!


2. Write a Card…

Hand-written cards are more personal than emails. The act of writing the note is also a powerful gratitude exercise because it forces you to focus on the positive aspects of that person and their contribution to the team. 


3. Throw a Party...

The annual holiday party is a staple in most workplaces, and for good reason.It’s a chance to socialize and get to know co-workers and clients in a different environment. The event may incorporate recognition and year-end highlights, gifts (such as door prizes, etc.), dinner and a dance floor.Alternatives to a party could be bowling, attending a local event, volunteering at a charity, or partnering up with other nearby organizations to have a celebration together.


4. Have a Meal…

Let’s face it, people love food!Whether this is a catered supper, or having a lunchtime potluck, there’s nothing like a meal that brings people together during the holidays.This can also more easily be tagged onto a staff meeting or something else during work hours, which may better fit the budget this time of year.


5. Deck the Halls…

Decorating your workplace can bring a lot of cheer to the work environment.  Be inclusive and aware of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds to create an environment that is welcoming to all.  Invite staff and clients together, bring in a box of oranges or other treats, and create a fun teambuilding experience.


…And whatever you do, say “Thanks!”

Whichever way you choose to celebrate and recognize your employees this season, the key to turning it into employee engagement is showing appreciation.  For example, having the management team say a few words of genuine thanks, mentioning successful projects or obstacles overcome as a team over the year.  This act of giving back shows everyone that their efforts don’t go unnoticed, and can help keep spirits high as you head into the new year.


Happy Holidays!

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