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Gifts that show your employees you appreciate them


Most experts will agree that we live in an age of diminishing employee loyalties. The days when people worked for the same company for decades are long behind us as people have become disillusioned about work and the way they are treated by the people they work for.

Because of this, acknowledging your employees and making them feel appreciated has become more important than ever. Unless you let them know you appreciate the work they put in for you, they will leave you for another company and you will find out about the negative consequences of employee churn.

One of the ways in which you can do this is by gifting your employees when you feel they deserve this. These do not have to be expensive gifts or anything. They are, as they would say, tokens of appreciation.

Throw a party

We are not talking a lavish, Mardi Gras-type party here. We are talking a couple of pizzas, perhaps an ice cream cake and some music. The important thing is to let everyone know who is to thank for this party, which would not be you, but the person who deserved recognition. Everyone loves an impromptu office party and the rest of the staff will remember for a long time who to thank for this particular get-together.

Give them a day off

It is often said that time is the best gift and if you agree with this, you might want to show your appreciation by allowing your employees to take a day off after going beyond their call of duty. For the most part, your company will be able to survive without a single employee for a day and you can rest assured that they will know how to appreciate a day off work. If you really want to make them feel special, then pay for a spa day or something like that, on top of the day off. If you really cannot operate without them, at least let them work from home for a day.

Gift cards are always nice

Another way to show your appreciation is to put your wallet where you mouth is, so to say. In other words, get them something concrete. If you are not really sure what this person would like or if you want to gift them something truly practical, something from Gift Card Store is always a good idea. This way, they can spend the money on something they will really like. This is far better than taking a bet on something you believe they would like, only to fail miserably.

Give flowers

No, we are not being sexist here. If it is a male employee, give them flowers, too. People love flowers. Flowers are nice. For some reason, flowers never go out of fashion.

Tickets to something

Depending on where you live, you will have more or less choice of the venue or the event, but you will always be able to give your deserving employee a couple of tickets for an event. If they are a sports fan, gift them a couple of tickets to the local team’s next game. If they are more culture than sports, give them a pair of tickets to opera or the local museums. More often than not, museums do personalized tours and they might really appreciate it.

Take them out to lunch

A large number of employees feel like they are disconnected from their superiors and taking your best employee out to lunch can go a long way in dispelling this feeling. Such a lunch will provide your employee with much-valued one-on-one time. During the lunch, listen to what they have to say, both about their personal lives and, more importantly, about the company. More often than not, you will be able to learn a lot about your own company during such a lunch. If you are a manager and there are a few more superiors above you, try and get some of them to come to the lunch. It will mean even more to the employee.

Something of the month

The “something” of the month thing may seem corny or so 1990s, but if you choose the right way, it can be a great way to acknowledge your employees. For example, someone who enjoys a good beer will love a “brew of the month” type of a gift where they are sent the best local brews over the course of a year. The same goes for wine, books and other things like that.

About Alex Williams

Alex Williams is a journalism graduate, and a blogger on the path to writing success.

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