A good manager treats employees like family, which means caring for them all throughout the year. To show your gratitude during the holidays, make sure to practice:
Holiday gifting is the oldest trick in the employee appreciation book, and for good reason: it works. While employees appreciate extra vacation time, bonuses, and other displays of gratitude, gifts are the only way to specifically tailor your thanks to each employee’s interests. Pay attention to your workers’ hobbies and desires over the year and choose their gifts accordingly.
If an employee is always reading, for example, buy him or her a gift certificate to a local book store. If an employee likes to drink tea, buy him or her a set of fancy china or bags of rare teas. Personalized gifts show your employees that you care about them beyond their contribution to the workplace and have taken the time to get to know them as people.
Holiday parties are a great way to celebrate your employees, but they work best if you allow each worker to play a role in planning the event. Let your employees have input on the food, drinks, decorations, and other elements of the party. If any of them sing or play instruments, invite them to provide music accompaniment. If any of them have experience with acting or stand-up comedy, ask them to provide entertainment. Letting your employees plan the party tells them that you appreciate all of their skills, even those that don’t directly contribute to your bottom line.
Flexible work schedules are always a great way to please employees, but they will be particularly welcome during the holiday season. The more flexible your employees’ schedules, the easier it is for them to spend time with their friends and family, shop for gifts, and go on their dream vacations. Tell your employees that anyone who finishes his or her work ahead of time can leave work early without any reduction in pay. Not only will this make them happier, but it will also give them an incentive to remain focused and increase their productivity during the preceding weeks.
The Direct Approach
Beyond parties and pay raises, don’t hesitate to tell your employees directly how much they mean to you. Try calling them up and thanking them while they are away, or tag them all in appreciative Facebook posts. Thanking them on a holiday will show them that their happiness is worth your time even when they aren’t working.
In addition to our appreciation for our employees, we’d also like to take this time to let you know that we appreciate you! Whether you are a current client, or simply exploring options for your industrial painting needs, all of us at Production Paint Finishers appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.