Thanking Your Employees This Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Business Management [ 1 Comment ]

thanking your employeesWhen was the last time you properly thanked your employees? This Thanksgiving, take the extra step to thank each of your employees for working so hard for your company all year-round; it’s important to remind the people who work for you that their contribution is important and is what keeps your business afloat.

A huge 88% of employees recently surveyed by the U.S. Department of Labor stated that lack of acknowledgement is their top work issue. By taking the extra time to thank your employees this holiday season, you could greatly improve your office morale and contribute to a positive and festive atmosphere.

Thank You Notes

While this form of communication seems out of date, thank You Notes are a great way to let your employees know that you appreciate their hard work.

  • If your company’s size allows it, make sure you personalize each note by hand-writing them or listing specific qualities they have exemplified while working there.
  • If you have a large list of employees to thank, consider using a free template available online or include thoughtful quotes, for example: “You gave me your time, the most thoughtful gift of all.” Dan Zadra, From: Gratitude
  • Send a company-wide email expressing your thoughts and words of thanks. Reflect on your company’s accomplishments of the past year and explain how your employees contributed to your success. Highlight certain individuals who your feel went above and beyond.

Have a Thanksgiving Potluck or Luncheon

If your budget allows it, a company-wide potluck or luncheon is a great way to improve employee’s morale and give them the opportunity to unwind a bit during the work day.

Take a moment to thank to the group as a whole with a toast, or give each employee a smile and a handshake to thank them for their time with your company. Thanking your employees face-to-face will make your gesture more heartfelt and genuine.

Decorate Your Work Space

Buy flowers or seasonal plants to decorate your employee’s work space. Decorations serve as a friendly reminder of the holiday season, and can subtly improve the atmosphere of your office. Present them to the people who answer your phones or work the front desk to make your front office look better to both employees and customers!

Be Flexible With Hours

Not every company can afford to give all of their employees the entire week off for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Still, it is important to keep in mind the family obligations of your employees around this time. Be more flexible with work hours this holiday season by closing the office a few hours earlier the day for Thanksgiving, or give them the day off one day before.

Offering 2 hour lunch breaks will allows your employees to see their families on holidays, and paying them overtime for working will help to thank them for their time, as well.

Give Thanks to the Community

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to not only your employees, but also to the community. Organizing a company-wide charity donation is a great way for your company to come together while supporting a good cause this holiday season. Consider having a toy or canned food drive in your office and give your employees the opportunity to give back to the community.

All of these are great ways to boost your company’s morale this holiday season. Employees can easily get discouraged by working long hours instead of spending time with their families, so as their employer it is your obligation to make sure your employees feel appreciated this Thanksgiving.

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