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It’s that time of year again! The time where you have to wrack your brain to come up with the perfect presents for the ones you love. But there are others in your life who deserve the perfect gift as well. They are your employees!

The holidays offer you the perfect chance to show your employees how much they mean to you and your company. The perfect gift can be the figurative bow on top of a great year, helping them carry feelings of fondness and loyalty into the following one. Of course, you need to make sure that you are getting them the right gift. So, need some ideas?

Money

Well, this probably isn’t a big surprise.

Christmas bonuses are a staple of what employees expect during the holidays. In many Christmas specials, including the very first episode of The Simpsons and the movie Christmas Vacation, a lack of a Christmas bonus is what drives the main character to desperation. Although money might not seem like the most thoughtful gift, it can certainly be one of the most appreciated.

Gift Cards

Although this shouldn’t be a replacement for a Christmas Bonus, gift cards can be an excellent way to help give your employees a dose of the holiday spirit!

To avoid accusations of favoritism, everyone in the office should get the same amount, but not necessarily the same type of gift card. If you pay attention to your employees throughout the year and watch their habits, likes, and dislikes, you can pick of gift cards that will be specific to each person. This will show your employees that you pay attention and listen to them, outside of work-related conversations.

Time Off

A little extra time off around the holidays can be one of the most precious gifts you can give an employee. Stress runs very high at this time of year, what with the need to shop for presents, decorations, food prep, family headaches, and children’s holiday concerts. Being given an extra day or two of paid vacation that they can use throughout the year could be a gift that they will never forget, and will always be grateful for.

Holiday Party

An office holiday party can be equal parts loved and dreaded.

On the one hand, a holiday party can be a huge boost to morale and improve workplace relationships as employees will be spending time with each other during their off-hours. On the flip side of the coin, employees will be spending time with their coworkers during their off-hours when they might prefer to be spending time with their family and friends.

The solution is that holiday office parties should not be compulsory. If people want to come, they will. If they can’t, it’s no big deal. This makes it a win-win for everyone!

A Plan for the Upcoming Year

A lack of direction in a workplace can be dangerous to both morale and productivity. If employees don’t feel like they are working towards something, then they may lose some of their motivation.

One way you can fight against this is to share some rough plans for the upcoming new year with the office around the middle of December. This will give them something to look towards, something to focus on. They might even incorporate these plans into their new year’s resolutions.

A Friendly Ear

The holidays can be remarkably stressful for everyone, and sometimes people feel like they don’t have anyone to talk with about it. By offering an open door policy for the holidays, you can encourage them to vent a little bit about workplace-related holiday stresses. They might not actually take you up on the offer, but the gesture will make them realize that you are ready to genuinely listen to their needs.

A Handwritten Holiday Card

Digital holiday cards are all the rage now, but that makes the handwritten holiday card all the more special. By sending some holiday cards to your employees’ homes with lovely personalized messages, you will be reminding them just how vital they are to your organization. It can be a bit time-consuming, but the ROI is more than worth it.

Secret Santa

A secret Santa can be a fantastic way to build office morale and a more cohesive workplace.

Of course, the problem with a Secret Santa is that they can be stressful, especially at a time of year when people are already panicked about getting their own loved ones’ gifts. An excellent way to mitigate this is to make it optional and put an upper limit on the price of the presents.

Contribute to a Charity

Being a socially-conscious business is important nowadays, especially to employees. They want to feel that they are working at an organization that makes a positive difference in the world. A great way to do this is to contribute to a charity around this time of year. Make sure that the donation is made in the name of everyone in the office. This will make them feel that they’ve done something to help those less fortunate around the holidays.

Candy

Sweets and the winter holidays go together like fireworks and the Fourth of July! It can be a small thing to boost office morale, but bringing in some delicious chocolates or candies around the holidays will put a smile on people’s faces! Be sure that they are higher-quality sweets; don’t just come in with a box of candy bars. Make them seasonal and fun! And you can do it more than once. Maybe one day, come in with some specialty holiday cupcakes. Another day, chocolates!

The holidays give you the perfect excuse to show your employees how much they mean to you, no matter if they are on contract, temp-to-hire, or direct hire. They should all feel valued at this time of year. At Spectra360, we will help you find employees that are the perfect fit for your organization. That will be our holiday gift to you!