Thanksgiving is the perfect time of the year to show your appreciation to your employees, if you haven’t been mindful about them the whole time.
Don’t underestimate employee appreciation
Taking time to show appreciation to employees can have an enormous effect on their motivation, productivity, and ultimately on your business. Employee recognition is considered as the factor that most inspires employees to do great work. In fact, a White Paper has revealed that the lack of appreciation is a key reason for 79% of workers who quit their employment in a company.
Thanksgiving and employee appreciation
Below are some of the ways to show your appreciation to your employees this Thanksgiving.
Invest in their skills development and professional certifications
People appreciate employers who invest in their career development because it’s a sign that there’s potential growth for them in the company. It’s also a sign that the company sees great value in its workers. If you haven’t done so, plan and implement employee development programs in your company and announce it to your workforce during your Thanksgiving event.
If you’re in the electronic manufacturing industry, get in touch with Blackfox to discover how you can integrate skill-based training as well as IPC courses in your employee development programs.
Give employees a long weekend
Employees are looking forward to a long weekend this Thanksgiving when they can enjoy quality time with their family and celebrate with friends. Giving them an extra day off will surely be appreciated.
Provide turkeys for all your employees
Almost everyone wants to have a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner with the family. Handling the expenses for this big-ticket Thanksgiving item for your employees is an awesome gesture that shows your appreciation to your workforce.
Give them practical gift baskets.
If turkeys for every employee are too expensive for your company, you might want to consider giving gift baskets to your workforce that contain ingredients for popular Thanksgiving dishes. This gesture is also a way of reducing some of your employees’ expenses in preparing for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast. You can get in touch with your local grocery or shopping center to organize the items you need to complete the gift baskets.
Send out Thank You cards
Make sure you don’t use generic greeting cards for everyone. Handwritten notes add a sense of authentic sentiment, genuine appreciation and personalized appeal. Make your message more specific and relatable to the recipient. You may also opt to include a cash gift with the card for everyone.
Highlight them on your social media
This gesture can also be a part of your Thanksgiving marketing campaign where you show the human side of your business. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.
Organize a Thanksgiving party
Having a holiday party is a common gesture for companies to show appreciation to their employees. This event allows employees to take a break from their usual routine and connect with their colleagues. Use this event to make a short speech thanking everyone for their hard work and recognizing the individuals that have contributed greatly to the company’s success during the year.
Don’t forget your remote workers
Take note that the suggestions mentioned above are also applicable to your remote workers whether they’re in the US or overseas.
Employee appreciation should apply to remote workers, too. According to a study, work-from-home employees often get far more corrective feedback than praise, and that they get less appreciation and performance feedback than their colleagues doing the same work but in the office.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
We, at Blackfox, genuinely send you warm wishes from heart to heart to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!