How to Show Employees Gratitude This Thanksgiving Author: Savy Huynh

The Thanksgiving holiday is not just a time to enjoy an abundance of great food, but is also an opportunity to reflect on the happenings of the previous year and be thankful for family, friends, and even employees. This holiday season, stop and take a moment to think about your employees and how you can show your gratitude for everything they do to help make your business successful. Glassdoor survey results show that over 80% of employees work harder when their boss shows appreciation, so find ways to express your gratitude to them along with some highly effective perks to keep your employees motivated, help them feel appreciated, and contribute to their happiness for many years to come.

Simple thank you gestures

Sometimes less is more and a simple thank you goes a long way. Motivating your team requires thanking all of your employees, and never assume they know how much you appreciate them. Stop by and visit your employees to tell them in person how much you value them and their contributions to the organization. Personalize each discussion so they don’t feel that you’re just repeating a rehearsed speech. Have a genuine casual chat with each employee, and don’t forget to simply say thank you!

Drop a note

If you have remote workers, take the time to handwrite a note or letter to your employees that expresses your gratitude for them. Personalize it with specifics and examples about what it is they’re doing that you truly appreciate. Employees will be very surprised and honored that you noticed their efforts and achievements.

Host meetings outside of the office

Mix things up and host regularly scheduled meetings outside of the office. This is an easy way to surprise your employees with a change of scenery. According to a Gallup survey, “A reported 70% of workers feel disengaged from their workday, a disengaged employee costs in the US alone between $450 billion and $550 billion annually.” Taking the extra step to turn a simple meeting into something valuable and memorable shows employees they are appreciated.

Be flexible

Modernize work schedules and give employees the chance to manage their own work load. Instead of monitoring their production daily, try assigning tasks every week and letting the employee allocate their own time. A small gesture of flexibility can inspire faster and more efficient work, and it shows that you trust them and have faith in their abilities and their loyalty. Employees feel empowered and more independent when they are in control of their working routines based on their preferences and needs, and this gesture of faith towards them encourages them to go that extra mile for you and your company in return.

Allow paid time off for volunteer opportunities

Having a PTO company volunteer day at a local charity or organization is a great way to exercise teamwork and unity within a business. It's also a great way to improve morale and gratitude among employees. According to a study by United Healthcare, “Employees who volunteer through work report feeling better about their employer and strengthened bonds with co-workers.”

Bring outside activities into the workplace

Bringing an outside activity into the office is an entertaining way to see your employees engage with one another and experience a festive diversion in the workplace. Having a little fun can get people laughing and recharging in a way that beats the afternoon slump. These activities can be as simple as a scavenger hunt or a game of “corporate bingo”, or go for something big like renting an adult bounce house to let employees go wild and unleash their inner child.

Rewards program

Implement a rewards program where employees can earn points for milestone achievements and performance goals, then redeem those points for merchandise or experiences of their choice. Recognizing and rewarding employees frequently shows you notice their efforts regularly and not just at the end of the year. Merchandise rewards motivate employees because they are tangible reminders of their hard work and success.

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Created By
Savy Huynh


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