Employee Motivation Strategies

The holidays are a great time to show that you’re thankful for all your blessings—your family, a roof over your head, your friends, your career, and all your talents. But have you considered showing appreciation for your employees this holiday season? Good employees aren’t easy to find, so it’s important to show your gratitude and let your team know that you value their hard work. 

Four Ways to Show Employee Appreciation this Holiday Season 

Thank you notes 

It seems simple, but a quick handwritten thank you note can go a long way. Or, if there’s no time for a card, a simple email will suffice. What matters is that it’s honest and sincere and conveys your appreciation. Let them know that you notice their hard work and the sacrifices they make. Use a specific example of something you appreciate so they know you really mean it. You can even include a gift card or other small token of gratitude—perhaps some company swag.  

Holiday potluck  

A company-wide or team-wide potluck is a fun way to celebrate your team’s efforts this year. It’s gives everyone a chance to come together and relax and enjoy each other’s company, even if it’s only for a little bit. If you want to really treat your employees and give them a break, you could even have lunch catered. Or host it at a restaurant and invite your employees’ families. You can tailor your plans to fit your budget, but the important thing is that you stress to everyone that this event is to reward their efforts and talents.  

Go easy this week 

The holiday season makes for a short week in most workplaces, so make it a light week if you can. Celebrate with casual dress, remote work, and days off for your team. Most of your employees are probably traveling and trying to maximize their time with friends and family, not to mention doing all their shopping and prepping for the big feast, so give them that freedom and flexibility. Everyone will appreciate that gesture!  

Surprise bonuses 

Most companies treat their employees to year-end bonuses, so what if you surprise them with bonuses during the holidays instead? Most people are already starting to feel the pinch of holiday spending by this point, so a gift card or some extra cash will be really appreciated by your team.  

Showing your gratitude can go a long way, keep your employees loyal, strengthen their morale, and remind them what a great employer they work for. For more tips on managing and motivating your employeescontact PrideStaff Denver Northwest today.   


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