The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show your team how much you appreciate them, especially this year when we can all use some extra cheer. Your team has worked hard all year under abnormally stressful conditions. Here are some ideas to show gratitude for your employees during the holidays.

Host a Virtual Awards Ceremony

A virtual awards ceremony is a great way to end a year that has been characterized my social distancing. An awards ceremony over Zoom will allow you to recognize the achievements of your team members safely. As you give out rewards, make sure to communicate clearly what the accomplishments are and why your team members deserve the recognition. This will help your team understand what they did well this year and push them to continue to perform well next year.

Accommodate for the Holidays

The holidays can cause people a lot of anxiety. Enduring a pandemic during the holidays is only going to amplify the normally high stress level. One way to show how much you appreciate your employees is to do your part to make the season more enjoyable for your team members. For example, you can be flexible and accommodating with people’s schedules and make sure everybody on your team gets to spend the holidays with their families.

Write Personalized Thank You/Holiday Cards

A simple thank you note is still one of the best ways to show your employees how much you value them. You can personalize the cards by highlighting each employee’s accomplishments for the year. If the cards are too generic, you may sound insincere. Thus, it is important to be specific in describing their achievements and identifying the specific traits and feats you admire about each of your team members.

Give Gifts

Gifts are another excellent way to demonstrate your appreciation for your employees over the holidays. However, it is important to be smart about what gifts you give your team. Usually, your best option is to give the same gift to everyone. Personalized gifts are thoughtful but can be risky. You don’t want team members feeling jealous or asking themselves if you’re playing favorites. You also want to give gifts that everyone can use, such as gift cards.

As 2020 nears an end, it’s time to think about how you are going to reward your team for all the hard work they have done this year. You can help spread holiday cheer by thanking your employees for their accomplishments.


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