How to Show You’re Thankful for Your Employees

The holidays are the perfect time to show your employees how much you value and appreciate them. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are some ways to say “Thank You” to your employees.

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A Simple “Please” and “Thank You”

In a fast-paced workplace, manners can sometimes fall by the wayside. So, this is the perfect time to remember what your parents taught you—a simple “please” and “thank you” can make a huge difference when communicating with your coworkers.

Publicly Recognize Their Work

Praise your employee’s efforts at an all-hands meeting, departmental meeting, or on a public recognition wall. Point out the specific behaviors that you admire in your employees and give kudos on projects they rocked. Doing this publicly will also encourage others to share positive feedback, and it’s a great note to end the year on.

Make Office Improvements

As Pam said in The Office, “Look, I really need this new chair. I mean, seriously, how is it possible that in five years I’ve had two engagement rings, and only chair?” If there’s an area of the workspace that could use a facelift—desk equipment, technology, common areas, cafeteria—invest in those improvements.

Give Them A Little Extra Time-Off

Take the stress out of holiday travel by being flexible on scheduling. Allow employees to work remotely, let them leave the office a couple hours early, or give them a half day off the Friday before a holiday weekend. Show them that you value their work-life balance and time spent with family and friends.

Personalized Gifts or Handwritten Cards

Give employees an end-of-year gift with a handwritten thank-you card acknowledging all their work throughout the year. Again, point out specific actions and behaviors that you feel are their strengths. Let them know why they’re so valuable to the team.

Feed Them

Hey, who doesn’t love food? Take your team out to lunch, host an ice cream social, bring in a catered lunch before a holiday weekend—this should be a bigger gesture than a box of bagels or donuts. Pretzel Day anyone?

“I wake up every morning in a bed that’s too small, drive my daughter to a school that’s too expensive, and then I go to work to a job for which I get paid too little. But on Pretzel Day? Well, I like Pretzel Day.” – Stanley Hudson, The Office

Start a Holiday Tradition

Give the team an annual event to look forward to. It can be a Turkey Bowl football game before Thanksgiving, a Secret Santa gift exchange, a holiday potluck lunch, an interdepartmental chili cook-off or bake-off, a Friday afternoon movie screening. Think of something that captures the spirit of your company culture.

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Provide Growth Opportunities

The greatest gift you can give employees is demonstrating that you’re invested in their long-term development. So, give them the chance to lead a meeting, attend a conference or seminar, making a presentation in front of the entire company, represent the team on executive or interdepartmental committees, or attend philanthropic events. It’ll set an exciting tone for their growth in the year ahead.

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