Rewarding your staff over the Christmas period

Posted by Dan Kelly

With the festive season upon us, you might be thinking about what you can do to keep your staff feeling both motivated and rewarded ready to start the new year off right. We’ve put together this blog to highlight just some of the things that you could keep in mind when planning a Christmas reward program for your staff.

Keeping in the spirit of the season

It’s Christmas, so what better way to reward your staff than with some once-in-a-lifetime rewards that they’ll never forget? Some grand gestures will surely fill your staff with gratitude and bring them back to work in the new year happier and more motivated than before.

The usual go-to box of chocolates or bottle of wine aren’t quite as popular as they once were. Think instead about what your employees will actually want from a Christmas incentive.

Ask around the office and see if you can find a shared experience that everyone is really keen to try out, but has never had the time, money, or incentive to do so before. You might end up finding that staff would love to go scuba diving, wine tasting, or skiing in the Alps. What better way to feel rewarded than finally getting to do something you’ve always wanted to do?

This isn’t to say you have to go all out, though. If you have a lot of employees, or a smaller budget, you could benefit just as much by providing smaller, personalised gifts to each staff member.

Tap into what you know about your staff’s interests and hobbies and you’ll be showing them that you care about them as individuals, and you pay attention to who they are, rather than just seeing them as employees.

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Christmas feast with all the trimmings

The social element of Christmas can’t be forgotten. Staff will get to spend time with family over the season, yes, but, with the right environment, work can start to feel like a second family too.

Encourage some staff socialisation with a slap-up festive feast at a local venue. Maybe ask everyone to wear the silliest Christmas jumper they can find, just to add a little more humour to the proceedings.

It’s not too grand a gesture, but it does give staff a chance to really bond as people and as friends, rather than co-workers.

Don’t underestimate the simpler things

Don’t think that, just because it’s Christmas, you have to go overboard when rewarding your staff. Sometimes, it’s the little things that will make staff feel just as rewarded as a grand gesture, if not more so.

Finding an applicable and relevant gift for your staff will depend on your team. Some might like a present, other teams may prefer a Christmas bonus instead of a gift in order to help with the cost of the season.

This could be vouchers or a pre-loaded cash card, which allows you to give staff the option of what they spend their bonus on.

During the build up to Christmas, many families may begin to feel the financial squeeze as they balance household responsibilities with preparing for Christmas festivities.  This is exactly why a small cash injection can be so well received – it takes some of that pressure away and allows employees to have an even better and more relaxing Christmas with their families.

It’s a simple gesture, but it certainly demonstrates some empathy over what some families may be going through at this time of year.

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How can we help you reward your staff?

Getting your staff rewards right can help demonstrate that you appreciate and value the effort and hard work your staff have put in over the last 12 months. Not only is this a great way to thank staff, but it also serves as a great way to motivate and inspire staff by showing that their work is valued.

Employee recognition schemes allow you to reward your staff in ways which can suit different requirements and budgets.

At CR Worldwide, we can plan, organise and run effective employee recognition programmes that can increase morale, performance and staff development across your business. Our employee recognition schemes are:

Easy to implement – Our recognition schemes can be quickly set up, and easily tailored to suit your staff, their needs and your business goals.

Easy to manage – Our programmes offer real-time reporting allowing managers to easily keep track of staff achievements to instantly recognise and reward and reach new goals. A range of exciting rewards can also be selected from a catalogue that we provide.

Easy to use – We provide simple methods to reward your staff’s hard work and achievements in a way that makes them feel valued, improves their performance and enhances their loyalty, while creating an instant emotional bond with your brand.

We’d love to excite, engage and inspire your staff with our employee recognition schemes. To speak to a member of our award-winning team:

As a founding partner of CR Worldwide in 2002, Dan helped develop the company from a start-up business into the multi-million global brand it is today.