Celebrating your employees is a great way to show you care. They work hard for you and it can be easy to overlook things, such as birthdays and work anniversaries. However, you should be celebrating them when these times come each year. Here are some of the ways you can make sure your employees are celebrated.
Skip the Traditional Birthday (Sort of)
Instead of celebrating the birthday that declares them another year older, celebrate the work birthday. When they have dedicated another year to helping your dreams come true, it’s a great time for cake.
On their actual birthday, you can simply give them the option to take the day off or to take a paid holiday any other time they want that month. This can help with birthday celebrating and can allow your employees to take a three day weekend once that month if they prefer.
Personalize a Gratitude Memo
We’ve all seen the shows and read the Dilbert cartoons that make fun of the memo. However, you can reinvent the memo by turning it into a gratitude memo. Personalize it and send it individually to just one or a small group of employees to thank them for the contributions they recently made.
Provide Random, Paid Days Off
Sometimes, the best way to celebrate an employee is to give them a day off. This can be as a reward for an accomplishment or to help celebrate specific personal milestones. If they are getting married, an extra week of vacation for the honeymoon is a great way to celebrate them, as well.
Make it Personal
If you really know your employee, you can make your celebration personal. For example, if you know they have a family member struggling with cancer, you can make a donation or sponsor an event in their name that has to do with the type of cancer their family member is battling. You can do this with many different things to show them you really do care.
Send them to Dinner for their Anniversary
When an employee celebrates their wedding anniversary, you can pick up the dinner tab. Let them know in advance you’d like to do this and let them choose the restaurant. Anniversaries are a huge personal milestone and it can be a great time to celebrate them and their spouse as a part of your work family.
Other ways you can celebrate employees include:
- Throw an event in their honor
- Give cool Etsy gifts for accomplishments
- Let their closest work friends plan an event for them
- Take them to lunch and make it longer than normal
- Write an Employee Spotlight in the company-wide newsletter
The key to really showing your employees you care is knowing what motivates them. An employee that needs recognition and thanks may love a gratitude memo, but not really care so much about an extra day off. However, an employee that really enjoys time with their family will love the extra time off, but may not care as much about the recognition.
Find out what makes your employee’s tick and personalize the way you celebrate them this year.