If you own a company or operate one, you probably have a lot on your mind. Presumably, you think about things like expanding into new territories and developing new products. You need funding for your company, and you must keep your investors happy. You likely put in long hours and have many tiny disasters to deal with every day.
Maybe owning a company still feels great, though. You find it rewarding and can’t imagine doing anything else. You also realize that you can’t succeed without the many dedicated employees who help you each day.
How can you show your appreciation for them? You can always give them competitive starting salaries and plenty of useful perks, but you should also consider getting them holiday gifts when Christmas rolls around each year. If they celebrate Christmas, you can give them gifts, but even if they don’t celebrate the holiday, most people appreciate getting a present.
We’ll talk about some of the key reasons why you should get your employees holiday gifts right now.
It Shows You Appreciate What Your Workers Do All Year
Holiday Christmas gifts show you value your employees. You might tell them during the year that you appreciate them by awarding them employee of the month status and giving them a gift certificate or some other prize to motivate them. Aside from that, though, giving them holiday gifts at Christmas time is a way to tell them you know they work hard for you and you don’t take that for granted.
You might get your employees holiday gifts based on how prominent of a job they have within your company and how long they’ve worked for you. For instance, maybe you might get a newer employee who has only been with the company a few months a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
If you have an employee who has put in five years with the company, you should probably get them something more substantial. You can get different gifts for workers depending on how long they’ve worked for you and how much you value their position and input. You might leave it up to HR to come up with gift ideas, or you can come up with some yourself if you’re creative.
It Makes Workers Staying with You More Likely
Many times, a worker will leave a job because they feel like their boss and the company don’t value their work. They might start at low pay and never get the raise they feel they deserve. They might work long hours and never get so much as a thank you for everything they do.
That’s a recipe for losing that employee. We mentioned keeping workers by giving them competitive salaries and excellent perks. Holiday gifts go the extra mile to show them you want to keep them around, though.
If you retain your workers, that means you can promote from within when a spot opens up. You already know this candidate because they’ve worked for you for a while, and they already know the business. If you get them considerate holiday gifts, they’re much more likely to stay with you for many years, and you won’t have to spend anywhere near as much time hiring.
It Shows You Connect with Them as People
You don’t want your workers to feel like they’re just drones or cogs in a machine. That’s why you should try to take the time to get to know their names and what they do for you, even if you run a large company and you’re very busy.
Simply addressing each worker by name lets them know you’re making the effort. That can go a surprisingly long way.
You can also get them personalized gifts when Christmas time comes. If you get every employee the same gift, that might work since it means you’re considerate but don’t show favoritism. That doesn’t seem appropriate, though, if you have one worker who just started a month before and one who has been with you for a decade.
Getting unique gifts for each worker shows you pay attention to them and you know what they like. It’s not as easy doing things this way since you might not know every person’s hobby or personality.
If you buy personalized items for as many workers as possible, though, they’re certain to appreciate that. Any newer workers or ones that you don’t know much about, you can always reward with gift certificates, gift cards, or more generic presents.
It Makes for a Friendlier Workplace Atmosphere
Some bosses or company owners like to establish a reign of terror. They want to seem intimidating and unapproachable. They walk around glaring, almost daring anyone to talk to them.
Nobody likes working in a place like that. That’s the kind of atmosphere that any employee will want to escape as soon as they can. Any boss who conducts themselves like that has no right to act surprised when they can’t retain any of their workers. Those workers will jump ship and head to a different company the first chance they get.
You want to make clear that you’re approachable and you value every worker, from the CFO to a lowly mail clerk or building custodian. That’s why you should greet them all with a smile, and your office door should remain open to them whenever it’s convenient for you.
Giving holiday gifts is another small way to show your workers that you want to retain them and that you’re willing to go the extra mile to do so. You agree on a contract with your employees and pay them a certain set amount, and the contract stipulates any perks that come with the job.
A gift goes one step beyond that. It’s something you have no legal obligation to give, but you’re doing so out of kindness. It’s easy for a worker to remember that and stay with you if a chance to leave ever comes up.