Thanksgiving is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by showing your employees how much you value their hard work? Thanksgiving celebrations don’t have to be expensive to be good. Showing your employees your appreciation is a great way to boost morale going into the holiday season. But what are some ways a company can show appreciation to its staff?
Casual Dress Week
Letting employees dress casually (within reason!) for the week of Thanksgiving is a free but enjoyable way to show your appreciation for your employees. It costs you nothing and employees will be both happier and more comfortable, especially if your dress code is usually more formal. The change of pace and comfortable clothes can have a positive effect on morale and may even improve productivity.
Another great way to celebrate the holiday and show your appreciation to your staff is to host a Thanksgiving dinner at the office. Your company can either cater in Thanksgiving dinner or make it pot luck. The party will be a welcome break and making it pot luck can save you the cost of catering food. Employees can bring their favorite Thanksgiving foods to share with their coworkers.
Giving them the chance to relax at work, even if it’s only for a short time, can be a welcome break. Just don’t forget to take into account allergies and other dietary restrictions. You could even invite their families to make the dinner extra special.
Early Release Day
Unless your company is exceptionally busy at Thanksgiving, letting your employees leave a little bit early on the last day before the holiday is a great way to show your appreciation. Employees will be grateful for the extra time with their families. They’ll also have some more time to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner the next day. The extra time can see them return the following week more relaxed and rejuvenated.
If your company has the funds, sharing the wealth can go a long way toward making your employees feel valued. Holiday bonuses can help with the holiday shopping they’ll need to do in the coming months. It will also help reduce employees’ stress as they won’t have to worry so much going into the holiday. That bonus can take the form of either a cash bonus or a gift card.
Work from Home
The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest travel week in the U.S. Let your employees work from home the day before Thanksgiving so that they can avoid having to commute during the holiday rush. This will increase productivity as employees aren’t struggling to get into work on time with all of the extra traffic.
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