If you work in HR, or have a managerial position, part of your job, no matter what time of year it might be, is to know whether staff are on the “naughty” or “nice” list. However, as the festive period approaches, it might be worth really looking at ways to reward staff for their hard work throughout the year.
The idea of giving something back for the effort put in, is not new. In 1843 Dickens penned A Christmas Carol, and from there the name “Scrooge” became synonymous with miserly and unappreciative ways. The last thing you want is to be though of in this way!
The countdown to Christmas can be a critical period for many businesses, large and small, with a strong finish setting you up for the best of starts in the new year. Staff generally are full of cheer, and increased motivation can be a great way to yield better results, and really hit those targets.
No matter what industry you’re in, you could not function without happy, productive and engaged staff; so now is a great time to sit back and think about who you want to reward, and how.
One of the most important things is to ensure that your gifts are personalised. Actually consider who is going to receive them, and show you have taken the time to think about them, rather than buying a generic bottle of wine. We’re the first to admit then when you’re having to consider a variety of ages, genders, cultures, religions, personalities and individual preferences, choosing the most appropriate, and best gifts to suit everyone is really challenging.
The good news is that gifts don’t have to be time consuming to source, order or wrap; and they certainly don’t need to be expensive.
When we think of Christmas, two things come to mind. Firstly, spending time with family and friends, relaxing and taking time away from the office. Secondly, the massive costs associated with all things festive, from the food to the gifts, to the additional travel likely to take place.
With that in mind, here are some of our favourite “thinking outside the box” presents you might want to consider buying for your staff to say thanks:
If you have staff with young children, why not purchase tickets for them to attend the pantomime? It’s a great way of showing that you appreciate them and the things that are important to them, and will give them a chance to enjoy some wonderful family time either before, or after Christmas. Oh yes it is! Sorry, we couldn’t resist.
Panto’s run up and down the country, from big, professional theatre productions to smaller ones taking part in community halls and hotels.
Department store gift card
Whether you want to go up market and shop in the likes of Harrods, or you want to keep it generic, there are gift cards for a wide variety of shops and online stores.
Gift cards have the added bonus of being easy to find and budget for, and allowing the recipient to buy precisely what they want, rather than being stuck with a kettle they don’t need.
There are so many options when it comes to hampers, you can get them filled with wine, cheese, teas, coffees and retro sweets. Some stores offer a huge variety so you can buy all in one place, and find something that’s suitable for everyone and their family.
The Gift of Nature
A nice alternative gift, especially for those you know are keen nature lovers, is a National Trust membership. Membership is not expensive, and is a great way to encourage staff to take some down time and enjoy the fresh air all over the UK.
The gift of relaxation
There are many mobile therapists who can come in to offices to provide relaxing spa treatments, Indian head massages, meditation sessions and even a full body massage. Why not book someone in for a whole day and treat all your staff to a 30-minute indulgence?