It’s that time of year… Thanksgiving is behind us and we’re moving full steam into the holiday season. But that doesn’t mean we’re done saying thank you. In fact, this remains the perfect time to show gratitude for those who work with us, every day.
But in the workplace, showing gratitude in a sincere, memorable way can be tricky. So we asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) this question:
This time of year, how do you show employees and coworkers that you are grateful for them?
Take a look at their insightful answers. We’re sure you’ll discover some great ways to show your gratitude this holiday season.
1. Handwritten Notes
Handwritten notes — especially when mailed to employees’ and coworkers’ homes — are a great way to show sincere gratitude. Although adding a gift card to the notes is always appreciated by the employees, of course. But the sincere thanks often means more and goes further toward boosting morale, teamwork and the quality of workplace relationships.
People want to be liked and they don’t want to look foolish. Sometimes the easiest way to show appreciation is to give them a pat on the back and tell them they did a good job, in front of their colleagues. We do this during standup meetings every morning, and it’s not limited to management. Everyone should give and receive “shoutouts” they feel have been earned.
3. Holiday Surprises
Each year, I plan a holiday surprise for my team. Typically they’re involved in planning our office outings or celebrations, but during this time of year I try to leave as many surprises as I can. I also give each team member or coworker a present based on their personal style/interest and accompany it with a handwritten card reflecting on the past year.
4. Public Recognition
Combining your company’s blog as well as your company’s social media accounts, highlight the employees’ accomplishments and show how grateful you are. On the company blog, write a post showcasing what makes them exceptional, and why they earned the recognition. Then share the posts all across your company and social media.
5. Small, Thoughtful Gifts
When I visited my out-of-state sales guy who I recently hired, I realized he was using a bookbag to carry his samples to meetings and it was causing him some discomfort. After I came back, I ordered him a nice roller travel bag with a note that read, “Hope this takes some weight off your shoulders. Welcome to the team!” We got the nicest phone call from him that day.
6. Beauty Time
Because we are mostly women on our team, we sometimes go out for a manicure/pedicure session or hair blowouts or massages. It’s a great way to pamper the team for the holiday season without having to spend a lot of money. It also serves as another way for them to understand why we work in the first place: to beautify one woman at a time.
7. Know What They Appreciate
I like to get to know what my employees appreciate. I have a manager who has worked 42 days in a row, stays late and comes in early. He has casually talked about wanting to go to California while the weather is still nice. To show our appreciation and give him the chance to take a breath, we are paying for a weekend getaway of his choice!
8. Team Outings
I like to do something fun with employees that doesn’t involve work so we can celebrate their effort and get away from the work environment in the process. We all tend to relax more, and I use this as a time to communicate my gratefulness by seeing them as people, not employees.
Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched Business Collective. This free virtual mentorship program helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.