The traditional way an employer says thank you during the holidays is a holiday party. According to Yahoo Finance the average employer spends $75 per employee on a holiday party and most employers are seeing a decrease in participation and engagement. Depending on which industry you are in, the holiday season can be a slower time of the year where you can really focus on boosting morale.
1.Have a “Bring a Family Member to work day”. We have all heard of bring your child to work day. Did you know LinkedIn started Bring In your Parents Day and had over 20,000 people participate? https://bringinyourparents.linkedin.com/
This encourages your team members to connect on a personal level and show off your business!
2.Do an analysis of your actual workload during the holidays. So many companies go with a traditional time off schedule of only closing the office the day of and day after the holiday. If your analysis shows low productivity during holiday weeks, close the office! Your teams will come back less stressed and excited for the New Year. This also reduces costs during unproductive times.
3.Write hand written personalized notes to your employee’s family about what a pleasure it is to work with them. Tip: mention a specific skill set “Your dad’s ability to spot trends is the BEST in the organization.”
Bottom line the holidays are a time for celebration. Allow your team to celebrate and your organization will reap the rewards.