Employee Appreciation Day isn’t around the corner. As a matter of fact, it won’t be coming around for another four months. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be thankful for all that your employees do for you. Fall and winter are the seasons of giving and being thankful. So why not thank your employees for all the hard work they have done this year. As the year comes to an end, employers should consider how to thank their employees and make them feel special these seasons and in the upcoming year.
Here are eleven ways employers can say thank you:
1. Give up the Good Parking Spot
Everyone wants that parking spot that is closest to the office. That spot is usually reserved for the CEO. Perhaps the CEO would consider swapping parking spaces with an extraordinary employee for a week or a day. The employee will feel special and appreciated. Best of all, it won’t cost the company any funds to say thank you.
2. Free Lunch
As the saying goes, the way to a man’s (and woman’s) heart is through [their] stomach. Employees love free meals. Taking your employees out to lunch or having food catered can boost the employee’s morale and let them take a break from their dinner leftovers. Also, if the meal provides a benefit to the employees, the cost can be written off as a 100% deductible. So in essence, it’s free for the company and it will show your appreciation for your employees.
3. Random Gifts
A small gift such as an orchid or a frame that an employee can use at their desk can be a nice way to say thank you. Not only will the gift brighten your employee’s day but it will also make their space much more cozy and personal. Additionally, adding a small memo alongside the gift will help personalize it.
4. Employee of the Month
This is a common practice by many companies. Employee of the Month awards are a great way to recognize the extraordinary work that your employees are producing. It also allows employers the opportunity to thank more individuals throughout the year.
5. Say it with Fruit
Many times, employees don’t have time to prepare snacks or lunch for work. Provide them with a healthy snack to help them through their day and keep healthy and happy. Here at MMC, our employees are provided with a fresh fruit platter every morning to show them that we care about them.
6. Celebrate Birthdays
Employee birthday celebrations are a way to remind your employees that they are being thought of. Many companies cut a cake, decorate the employee’s desk, and/or get the employee a small token of appreciation.
7. Write Them a Note
With today’s technology, handwritten notes have become outdated. However, they are still a powerful tool to simply express your appreciation for an individual. Carla Turchetti states that we should “think about composing a handwritten note” instead of an email or text. It’s much more powerful and meaningful.
8. Acknowledge Them in Meetings
A very inexpensive way to thank your employees is by acknowledging them at your next staff or department meeting. Acknowledging their hard work or their positive attitude can make that employee feel special and appreciated. It’s a simple gesture that can go a long way.
9. Casual Week
Casual Fridays are so last month. Giving your employees a whole week to wear casual clothing as a very nice way to allow them to express their individuality and feel comfortable at work. A whole week breaks the mundane pattern that your company might follow. Additionally, if you’re worried about clients thinking your company is not professional enough, simply explain the reward during their visit. Ultimately, your employees will be excited to show off their unique outfits and will be motivated to come to work.
10. The Gift of Wellness
Create a welcome week filled with events for your employees to participate in. During that week, employees can learn how to cook healthier, how to exercise, and ways to improve your health. It will also show that the company is concern about their well-being.
11. Just Say It
The best way to thank someone is to simply say it. It is personal, intimate, and simply a nice gesture that requires no effort to do.