The giving of gifts is one of the best ways for employers to show their appreciation to their employees, and with a little thought, you can find gifts that will boost their morale and commitment to their role. As a business owner, you need to balance your budget when it comes to gifts and aims to spend the same amount on each employee if it is a team gift. Slightly higher value gifts should be given to mark an achievement or to mark an employee-facing retirement.
Here are some affordable items that recognise your employee’s skills and hopefully lead to more engaged and positive workplace culture.
Work anniversaries and retirement
Flowers work well for those who are celebrating their work anniversary, but fresh bouquets could be a bit unimaginative year after year. Instead, consider using the list of wedding anniversaries which show the materials used to mark each year. The first year is paper, so you could gift an origami kit and others you to interpret how you wish. Mark your company’s milestone anniversaries with silver and gold gifts as these are significant.
Rewards for reaching a target
When it comes to Christmas time, you want to gift something lighthearted to each employee. VR headsets are fun to test out and enjoy in the office, but also at home. They are not particularly expensive, and you could offset some of the cost by having your logo discreetly added to show that your business is tech-savvy.
Portable power bank
It is a universal experience amongst employers and employees that the power on a phone, tablet or laptop has died at an inopportune moment. The gift of a portable power bank that is compact and light enough to have with them all the time and which has a fast charge facility means you can be back in business in no time.
Health and self-care
Gifting time a good local spa, a popular gym class or a yoga studio is not only something your staff will appreciate, but it is also an investment in the health and wellbeing of your staff. On your list of gift choices, you could also add a fixed number of lessons to a dance class where they can learn ballroom, jazz or tap. This is time for your employees to de-stress and find new ways of self-care.
An extra paid day off
When staff have shown initiative or otherwise stepped up to the plate to take on a challenge in the company, the reward of one day paid leave on top of their standard annual leave allowance can be more meaningful than any gift and can be a budget-friendly gift.
Smashing targets and extraordinary achievements
These are a more expensive gift, but noise-cancelling headphones can be a bonus in your business if your employees are working in an open-plan office and sometimes find it difficult to focus. So, whilst this is a gift they can use anywhere, noise-cancelling headphones can help them get in the zone at work or escape from it all at home.
You can be sure that everyone in your office has a smartphone. A powerful yet practical gift is smartphone speakers that they can use at home or on the go. They are also good in the workplace if you need background music to get you through when working late.
When it comes to holiday gifts, keep things simple with gifts that all have the same value. For an employee with a sweet tooth, gift a mix of dark and white chocolate truffles or cookies. Gift the latest blockbuster by their favourite author or fix the issue of drinks being left to go cold whilst working with a coffee mug warmer that will stop any hot beverage becoming lukewarm.
If you prefer, but the whole office a game set they can use in lunch breaks. Great for team building and networking across teams, a cornboard and bean bag set works or a basketball hoop if you have an outside space.
Gifts for employers
Etiquette dictates that whilst is it acceptable for the boss to give a gift to employees, employees should not give gifts to their managers. This gift prevents any pressure being put on employees to purchase a gift for someone who signs off their pay and can also confuse the power dynamics between the employer and the employee.