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31 Way to Say Thank You to Your Employees

by | Nov 23, 2020 | Workplace Culture

With the season of thanks and gratitude here, there’s no better time to say just how much you appreciate your employees. Whether you’ve got a team of 2 or a team of 2,002, we’ve rounded up thirty-one ways to say thanks. With so many possibilities, offering up some gratitude for each individual member of your team can help boost company morale and in return increase retainment rates. Double win.

Whether looking to spend a little or a lot, here are thirty one ideas that spread some gratitude for all your team does this holiday season:

  1. Send an individual email remembering an accomplishment this year
  2. Buy lunch
  3. Offer a free wellness program with a gym membership or free one-time class
  4. Purchase a lottery ticket for all
  5. Upgrade an office workspace
  6. Stock up the coffee bar
  7. Start a trophy baton to recognize accomplishments weekly for the upcoming year
  8. Say thank you for the hard work with a bottle of wine
  9. Subscribe to a professional development magazine for your entire team to enjoy
  10. Celebrate birthdays
  11. Have a spontaneous pizza party
  12. Email thanks noting someone personal about each employee – whether it be their full name, kids, etc
  13. Let your team take the afternoon off for a manicure or spa day
  14. Try to say thank you to your employee by making them internet famous. Post your appreciation of employees on the company’s website
  15. Send a video to your team noting their hard work
  16. Offer a casual dress week
  17. Have every employee write up a gift, privilege or recognition they’d like (or just use this list) and then put each item into a jar. Have the employee being recognized select their method of appreciation at random from the jar.
  18. Call in the ice cream truck to make a drive-by
  19. Select a day to allow everyone to bring a pet to work
  20. Start a permanent “work from home Wednesdays” program
  21. Countdown to the holidays with a half-day off for shopping, gift wrapping, and decking the halls
  22. Give a desk plant. Did you know that plants can actually increase a person’s productivity?
  23. Someone must have a karaoke machine (or similar video game)… if not, get googling your nearest singing hot spot to take the team
  24. Take birthdays off… everyone’s own kind of individual holiday
  25. Give cash. Nobody will argue with that kind of thank you gift
  26. Order some new company swag – t-shirts, pens, note pads make great gifts
  27. Get your star employee to work a few minutes earlier and show your appreciation with a parking space just a hop, skip and a jump from the front door!
  28. Send an edible arrangement for a Saturday morning surprise breakfast treat
  29. Pending on the size of your team, a retreat or trip may be just the way to say, “Thanks for your hard work!”
  30. Have a nearby restaurant cater a delicious in-office breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
  31. And the most favorite of all… give some extra paid time off to rest and reset!

Have other unique ways your team is appreciated and celebrated? Share them with our team over on Linkedin.

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