Would your employee Christmas gifts make Santa’s list?
Santa loves gifts shared in the spirit of the season! This is as true for the children on his list as the employees in your workplace.
Your sincere gratitude is essential. But the best employee gifts have an added layer: they’re memorable and make recipients feel special.
Santa’s 4 Lessons in Employee Christmas Gifts
“Memories are perhaps the best gift of all,” songwriter Gloria Gaither famously said. What kind of memory do you want to create for your employees?
Santa knows how to give gifts that are memorable, appreciated and exciting! You can achieve the same effect in your workplace. Your employees might not leave out cookies and milk, but they will be happier, have increased motivation and be more committed to your company.
1. Make Your List (And Check It Twice)
Santa does his homework. He knows what people want because he pays attention. Unsure of what’s most appropriate for various departments? Consult with direct managers for employee preferences, customs and special celebrations. Even if you’re giving everyone on staff the same gift, make sure it’s one everyone will appreciate.
Go for gifts that are practical and can be shared with family — food fits these criteria perfectly.
2. Get Creative and Make It Look Nice
Santa stuffs his presents in special stockings or places them under decorated, lit-up trees because he knows presentation counts. Your employees deserve to experience the delight of unwrapping their gifts, especially if you’re sharing paper gift certificates (wrap it up with a nice card and envelope or include it as a welcome surprise in payroll mailings). A 2009 Australian study on perceptions of gift-wrapping found that, unsurprisingly, recipients prefer wrapped gifts and appreciate a well-wrapped gift — ie., a gift that looks like a gift!
3. Turn Your Gift-Giving Into An Event
Christmas morning is a highly anticipated event for children worldwide. There’s a tradition to opening presents together and sharing in the joy of the process. In the workplace, the best employee gifts are shared with fanfare — at a holiday party, hand-delivered by managers with a smile and handshake.
4. Convey Heartfelt Appreciation
Santa knows the best gifts celebrate the recipient — who they are, what they value and what they give. The most important aspect of your employee gifts are the gratitude that accompanies them. Don’t assume your appreciation is understood or implied! Say it, and say it often: “Thank You!” Be specific in your gratitude, too. How exactly did employee contributions this year help your company prosper and succeed?
This season, give in the spirit of Santa! Remember, Santa and his elves don’t work for a paycheck, they work for the greater good. In your workplace, keep focused on the reason for gift-giving: a culture of appreciation that fuels a productive, happy community of employees working together toward a common goal.
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