4 Ways to Give Your Employees What They Want For the Holidays
New York Times bestselling authors of All In, The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton bring two decades of experience as global workplace experts, specializing in culture, engagement, leadership and teamwork. As customer service, employee appreciation and leadership keynote speakers, Gostick and Elton powerfully deliver compelling books, speeches, workshops, consulting and assessment services, and training that help supervisors build stronger team and organizational cultures. We love this recent note they sent to their constituents about employee appreciation at the holidays to boost company productivity.
December is a time of giving. And as a manager, there is no substitute for a sincere thank-you to your employees to help them feel valued and appreciated for their great work. And the holidays are the perfect time, since, frankly, employees are expecting some form of recognition.
Here are a couple of ideas to help your holiday celebrations lead to more productivity in the New Year:
1. Make the company’s gift your own. Here’s a way to be generous—without spending a dime. You can get more mileage from the company’s holiday gift—whether a fruit basket, turkey, or merchandise item—by personally picking them up and delivering them to your people. As you make the rounds with the gifts, spend a little time with each person and express sincere gratitude for specific contributions. We guarantee the time invested will be well spent.
2. Don’t forget the card. As important as your gift is to employees this holiday season will be the card that accompanies it. There is no substitute for a sincere thank-you from the boss. Be sure all your communication surrounding your holiday gift is positive and thankful. The ultimate goal of the gift is to make sure employees feel valued and appreciated. After all, they are the ones keeping the doors open every day.
3. Measure success. Since you’ve hopefully been recognizing your people throughout the year, it’s helpful to take a moment in December and measure the results of your efforts. Give a quick, verbal survey to your employees and ask what they like and don’t like about their work environment—especially ideas like career development and recognition. Make a plan now to continually improve by creating a workplace where people come and stay engaged.
4. Help them recognize. Here’s a personal one to take home. If you have kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews, at the end of the holiday festivities gather the kids together to open one final gift: a stack of thank-you cards. Set aside some time on Boxing Day to help them compose notes of gratitude to those who gave or sent them gifts. (If this is a new venture, you may want to give older relatives a heads-up so they don’t faint dead upon receiving a thank you card.)