Staff satisfaction and motivation are vital to keeping your
business performing at its best. If your employees are feeling
unsatisfied or unappreciated, their motivation, and subsequently
their productivity, will drop. Show your staff that they are valued
to boost and maintain morale. One way to demonstrate how much you
appreciate and value your employees is to provide a holiday gift
for employees—a holiday gift that they really want.
Survey Results Pinpoint Favored Gifts
A survey of workers by the online print company, Instantprint,
illustrates how important giving a holiday gift for employees is
for your business. 94% of respondents said a holiday gift from
their employer would make them feel appreciated, valued, and
happier at work.
To make the most of the holiday gifts you offer your employees, you
need to ensure you are giving them something that they want.
Undesired gifts won’t help boost staff morale or provide
inspiration. Instantprint’s research has also unveiled the most
popular gifts to receive from employers, as voted for by workers,
to help you choose gifts for employees that they really want.
Gift Cards as Gifts for Employees
Gift cards came in as the most popular gifts employees could
receive from their companies with almost one-third of the vote (29
percent). In addition to employee appreciation of gift cards as
gifts, gift cards offer further benefits.
First, they are easy for an employer to provide. Other options on
this list, such as providing early time off from work, involve
staff time to plan. Gift cards, however, are readily available to
purchase both online and in a wide range of stores.
Second, gift cards give employees the freedom to choose a gift they
will really use. With gift cards now available that are valid in
most major stores, giving them to your staff can help make the most
of your gifts for employees.
Early Finishes During the Holiday Season as a Gift for Employees
Coming in at a very close second to gift cards in terms of the most
popular holiday gifts to receive from employers is the option of an
early finish. With 28.8% of the vote, little difference exists
between the two gift options.
The holiday season is about spending time with your loved ones, so
it’s not surprising that early finishes to the workday rank so
high. Getting away from work early can make all the difference when
it comes to finishing your Christmas shopping or making it to the
Two ways in which you can arrange early finishes for your staff are
- Allow staff to choose which day they want to leave work early. Set
up a spreadsheet, similar to one for monitoring annual leave, and
ask staff to request their day to leave work early, so you can
ensure you always have adequate coverage.
- Choose a day for the entire company to leave early, for example,
Christmas Eve, when many companies close at noon. Just make sure
you give fair warning to clients and customers that this will be
Provide an Open Bar at the Holiday Party as a Gift for Employees
Office holiday parties and get-togethers are great events to
organize for your employees. They bring your staff together outside
of the workplace and help build and improve their working
One in five employees says the holiday party would be better if
their company offered an open bar. Providing an open bar is a way
to encourage staff to attend the holiday party and helps your
employees enjoy themselves.
Covering the bar tab for the entire company is costly, but you
don’t have to go this far at your holiday party if the cost isn’t
in your budget. Consider offering to cover everyone’s first drink
instead. Or, issue a certain number of drinks tokens or coupons
employees can use throughout the night. This will stop everyone
from piling up to the bar and ensure that all staff has equal
access to the perk.
Physical Gifts for Employees
One in ten employees wants to stick with the classic option for the
holiday season, asking their employer to get them a physical gift.
Physical gifts allow you to team build when the employees unwrap
their gifts together.
To achieve this, however, you’ll likely have to give all of your
employees the same gift. This one-size-fits-all gift-giving is
difficult to get right. You’ll want to talk to your staff, take
note of their interests and habits, and use their ideas as your
Often the classics are best when you give employees a physical
holiday gift. For example, your staff is likely to use a