Expressing gratitude to your employees does not have to cost a lot of money or take much time.
Many organizations struggle with how to thank their employees for a year of hard work and dedication, particularly during times of financial difficulty. The good news is that as long as it is heartfelt, it does not have to break the bank.
One way to thank your employees is to give them a little freedom during the day. If that hard working mom needs an extra hour at work to run a few errands or go Christmas shopping, the freedom to do so will go a long way. Encourage your employees to step away from their desk each month to enjoy a meal with their child at school, spend some time at the gym or even volunteer at a local charity. Encouraging personal and professional development will undoubtedly create a more inspired, engaged and happier workforce.
Hosting a holiday potluck lunch at the office is another way to express gratitude toward your employees. For example, Anthros recently joined together for our first annual Thanksgiving luncheon. The company provided the turkey and team members contributed side dishes. It allowed us to take the time to sit together, share the things in our life for which we were thankful, and enjoy a meal as a family, not just as colleagues. It was cherished time together and a celebration enjoyed by all.
Additional gestures of gratitude may include gifting your employees a subscription to their favorite magazine, or perhaps providing a gift certificate to the local grocery store. The monetary amount associated with the gift matters less than the sentiment behind the gesture.
All of this is to say that saying “thank you” is so much more important than the money you spend to do so. If you are grateful for your employees and the job they do, say it in a simple and heartfelt way. Your expression of appreciation will not go unnoticed.
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About the Author:
Nikki Brown, SPHR – Director of Operations
About Anthros, Inc.:
Anthros provides expert back-office solutions in human capital management-from payroll and human resources, risk management and workers’ compensation to business consultation and beyond. Anthros focuses on “Human Capital” so businesses can focus on profits.