10 Ways to Show Your Employees You’re Thankful for Them

Many managers value the contributions of their staff, but they don’t always express it. By demonstrating how thankful you are, you can improve morale and productivity, creating a more positive culture. If you want to show your appreciation for your team, here are ten easy ways to get started.

  1. Say Thank You

Offering praise can go a long way when you need to show your appreciation. Just make sure it is sincere and specific, relating it to an example of what they accomplished that led you to be thankful, as that will have the biggest impact.

  1. Group Fun

Team-building activities aren’t always the most exciting. However, if you choose something unique, like a trip to a laser tag arena, you can not only explore team dynamics, but also have fun.

  1. Catered Lunch

Every employee enjoys a free meal. Consider having a local restaurant cater a lunch to show your appreciation. Just make sure to have a few entrees available, including some that meet the requirements of common dietary restrictions, so everyone can find something they can eat.

  1. Office Comforts

Anything from upgraded ergonomic chairs to sit-stand desks can be rewarding if they make the workplace more comfortable. Talk with your team and see what additions could help increase efficiency by making the office a nicer place to work in and make appropriate selections.

  1. Prime Parking

If your employees use a standard parking lot or garage, consider reserving a space near the building’s entrance for top performers. It can be used as a reward for being named “employee of the month,” landing the most sales or reaching a goal that required a significant amount of time and energy.

  1. Concert Tickets

Concerts can be a lot of fun, but they are often fairly pricey. By providing workers with tickets to their favorite band (or a gift card that lets them choose the event), you’re giving them a chance to enjoy something that may otherwise be outside of their budget.

  1. Surprise Small Gifts

An unexpected small gift can be a great way to recognize the contributions of your staff. Token presents like candy bars, movie tickets, or gift cards placed secretly on their desks with a note of appreciation can be great for morale and relatively inexpensive, making it ideal for companies with tight budgets.

  1. Upgraded Coffee

Workplace coffee is rarely the tastiest, but many employees rely on it to keep their energy up throughout the day. By upgrading to a nicer brand and adding some extras, like seasonal creamer flavors, you create a bountiful beverage station that everyone can enjoy. Just make sure to include a variety of teas or water enhancers for those who don’t drink coffee, so your entire team can benefit.

  1. Conferences

One reward that can provide the company with tax benefits is sending your staff to a conference that relates to their job. Let them explore events in the area (or outside of your city, if you have a travel budget) and select options they may enjoy.

  1. Personal Care or Spa Treatments

Giving your employees a chance to relax with a nice massage, pedicure or similar treatment can be a great reward. Consider providing gift certificates to spas that offer a wide range of services that men and women may enjoy, giving your staff a little pampering on the company dime.

If you would like to learn more about how you can show your employees you are thankful for them, the professionals at Career Options can help. Contact us to speak with one of our team members today and see how our workplace expertise can benefit you this holiday season.

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