“What would they like best? A gift card? Or wait, what about a company outing? No, maybe a stainless-steel water bottle with our firm’s logo—but this time, we include their name!”
These questions can only mean one thing: It’s time to start looking for ways to show your staff how much you appreciate them and their hard work throughout another uncertainty-filled year.
To maintain a healthy firm culture, it’s important to express gratitude to your employees. After all, your staff are the people who matter most. They work hard to be successful in your firm and for your firm. You want them to feel like they belong—that they serve a purpose and that you appreciate what they do.
Elevating their employee experience is a powerful way to help them feel appreciated. While staff appreciation gifts are important (and we’ll cover gift ideas later), a great place to start is with employee recognition. So, let’s dive in.
Take a few minutes to think about your employees and what they mean to you and your firm. Now, think about how you’re contributing to their employee experience in a positive way. Have you celebrated their accomplishments recently, either professionally or personally? Have you encouraged them in their career with your firm?
If not, it’s never too late to start. And here’s why.
Recognizing your employees is important in so many ways. It helps boost firm morale; makes employees feel valued and engaged; and increases loyalty and longevity with your firm. Genuine and thoughtful gestures—both tangible and intangible—make employees feel like you’ve invested in them and what they bring to your firm. Some benefits of employee recognition include:
While running a successful firm is the most important goal for many firm owners, making sure the people who matter most feel like they matter should also be top of mind. Your firm needs happy employees, and it starts with consistent employee recognition. Employees who feel valued and appreciated will inherently boost morale, be motivated to produce their best work, and increase your firm’s productivity and success.
There are several ways to show your staff how much you appreciate them and the work they do, from gift cards to stainless steel water bottles to an extra vacation day. We’ll go over tangible gift ideas later, but first, we want to touch on some non-traditional ways—from simple to more elaborate—you can show appreciation to your staff that you can use at any time of year.
Remember that any gesture of gratitude is a good gesture. Keep it simple by sending a handwritten note or—if you’re able—offer a competitive benefits package to show your appreciation to your team. Just be sure to use these ideas throughout the year to keep employees feeling appreciated all year long.
There are several things to consider when it comes to curating the perfect gift. Is your team working in the office, or do you have remote employees? Do you want to give your team something they can use personally or professionally, or maybe something that checks both boxes?
It’s a lot to think about, so that’s why we’ve created criteria for selecting the perfect gift. You’ll want to choose something that is…
If you don’t work with your team daily, collaborate with a couple of coworkers who can help you select the best gift. At the end of the day, choosing something thoughtful and heartfelt is the way to go.
Now that we’ve covered some ways to show appreciation and how to curate the perfect gift, let’s get down to some fun ideas for staff gifts. We’re splitting this up based on categories to help you choose the best gift for your team members.
Instead of a traditional gift that may end up collecting dust on a shelf, give your employees the gift of an experience. Allow employees to choose their own experience, whether it’s attending a professional sporting event for the first time with friends and family or crossing a hiking adventure off their bucket list. Here are a few places to start looking:
Giving your employees an experience creates lifelong memories they can cherish.
Outside the norm of a one-and-done gift, consider a year-long subscription based on your employees’ hobbies or interests, or give them the chance to learn (or master) a skill. From online classes and annual park passes to craft beer subscriptions and pet-friendly gift boxes, there’s something for everyone at multiple price points. And here are a few to consider:
A subscription is a gift that keeps on giving.
A focus on an employee’s health and wellness has come into the spotlight over the past few years. While you may offer an incredible work-life balance to your team, take it a step further by showing how much their health (including their mental health) means to you and your firm by checking out the following options:
Helping encourage healthy wellness activities for your employees is not only good for their wellbeing, but it also promotes happiness in the workplace.
For employees who are into the latest and greatest gadgets, let them choose from a list of technology they’ll love to use in and out of the office. Items can include:
Take it a step further by looking into personalization options for whatever you choose.
If you’re unsure what your team would most like to receive, come up with a few gift ideas with the same monetary value, and allow your employees to choose their own custom gift. The sites below let you curate your own inventory, and then your employees get to choose their favorites.
There are options for branding and many price points, and you don’t have to pack and ship the gifts yourself. This option gives your employees a chance to choose something they’ll enjoy.
There are many things to consider when it comes to expressing gratitude to your team. However, don’t let the fear that you need to spend a fortune be one of them. Appreciation doesn’t have to be all about the money if you truly can’t afford to spend a lot. Just be sure you take the time to select a gift or acknowledgement that shows you care about your team and their contributions to your firm.
Also, remember to keep showing that appreciation not only during the holidays, but throughout the year (and especially after tax season!), and you’ll go a long way toward helping your firm establish a healthy culture. After all, it starts at the top.
For more information on creating an irresistible culture, download our Healthy Culture in The Modern Firm® eBook today.
Happy holidays and happy gift giving!
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