At this time of year, employees of organisations everywhere are attending Christmas parties, pulling Secret Santa names out of hats, and sporting festive jumpers ahead of the Big Day. Many workplaces indulge their employees with gifts during this season, from bottles of fizz to all-expenses paid Christmas bashes. Although these traditional gifts will (undoubtedly) be appreciated, sometimes the very best things are free.
With this in mind, we’ve put together three free gifts you could give to your employees this Christmas…
- Share your gratitude
This time of year offers a great opportunity for reflection. What’s gone really well this year? How has everyone been involved individually in the success of the organisation? What did your employees contribute that made all the difference this year? The festive period can be an extremely busy time for many organisations, so there’s a good chance your employees haven’t taken much time to consider how their own input has impacted the organisation on the whole.
With this in mind, take some time out this month to send individual notes (or emails) to your employees, to thank them for their involvement in what you’ve achieved together. It might be a specific project or piece of work they’ve been involved in, or it could be a positive, motivating attitude that inspires others. Whatever you love about your employees, Christmas is a great time to share your gratitude. A little extra appreciation and recognition goes a long way!
- Give them more time with their loved ones
In some organisations, finishing around lunch time on Christmas Eve is an unwritten rule – everyone eagerly awaits the arrival of the MD on the office floor, to announce that it’s time to head home for mulled wine and mince pies. This isn’t about escaping a job you dislike, or ditching work that needs to be done ahead of the big day; it’s about spending more time with the people you love. Christmas can be a hectic time for many families, so there’s a good chance that anyone left in the office will be worrying about everything that needs doing when they get home!
If you’re considering an early-finish on Christmas Eve, make sure you give employees ample warning to ensure they go home feeling that everything’s in place for the festive period. Of course, this won’t always be possible in every organisation (and many workplaces close for the Christmas period altogether). However, if it is an option, it’s an extra gift that you could consider for your employees this year.
- Understand their individual circumstances
Christmas can often involve a lot of travelling for many of us, with family members spread far and wide. If your employees work from the office five days per week and aren’t taking much annual leave during the holiday period, arranging to spend time with family over the Christmas break could prove tricky for them.
Unless your employees have to be in the office over the holidays, considering flexible working arrangements could be beneficial for everyone. It’ll allow your employees to spend more time with their loved ones, whilst enabling them to continue with their work during office hours.
Even if you’re not planning for this to be a permanent arrangement, suggesting this as an option to your employees during this busy time will no doubt be appreciated. It could make the holiday season considerably less stressful for many families, and allow them to spend quality time together.
Offering these gifts to your employees could be a great way to show your appreciation and gratitude. What gifts have you planned for your employees this year? We’d love to hear all about it – let’s keep the conversation going via Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments section below.