If you run a business, chances are, you have some helping hands keeping your business afloat. Nobody can keep things afloat and meet rising demand single-handedly. Your staff will provide the backbone of your business. They’ll be able to bring their individual expertise and knowledge to the table, helping to complete tasks you may be unable or unqualified to do. You will also be able to dedicate your time to other areas of your business that you are more interested in or require more executive decision-making. Of course, as the year draws to a close, many of us begin to finalise projects and reflect on the twelve months that have passed. This is an important time to show staff recognition and that you care. Here are some simple ways to achieve this!
Many companies offer some sort of staff party at the end of the year. This can be themed, or it can be a get-together that is funded by the company. Of course, this is going to require planning. First, you will need a budget to ensure you avoid overspending. You need to find a venue, ensuring that it is suitable for everyone in your team to attend. You need to choose a time and date. You should also check dietary requirements and set a dress code, so your team know what to expect and how to present yourself.
Now is a good time to consider rewards and bonuses for hard work and special achievements. If you have any team members who have really gone above and beyond over the past year – exceeding targets, coming up with innovative ideas or anything else that has particularly helped you – it’s important that you acknowledge this with rewards. There are countless rewards you can offer and only you can know which are best suited to your team. This could be a cash bonus added to their paycheck. It could be ham for employees from G Thank You. It could be extra annual leave or PTO for them to use next year. If you’re unsure which rewards are deemed most desirable, you can always simply ask, or send out an anonymous survey for feedback.
Words carry power. Do your team know how much they are appreciated? Have you commended people on their strengths and the positives that they have brought to the business? If you have a few employees, take some time to individually thank them and let them know what you are grateful for. If you have a larger team, an email of thanks will generally do. Make sure that everything included is genuine and honest. This should be genuinely heartfelt – empty messages really won’t mean much. You could also ask staff to provide one another with positive feedback. This can build team connections and maximise positive feelings.
Of course, you’ll find your own ways to recognise and support your staff, but hopefully, some of the options here will serve as starting blocks on this journey, guiding you in the right direction!