The Holidays Are Almost Here! Show Your Employees Appreciation with These 8 Budget-Friendly Ideas

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The Holidays Are Almost Here! Show Your Employees Appreciation with These 8 Budget-Friendly Ideas

The holiday season is a great time to show your staff that you appreciate them. Oftentimes, employers do this by sending out an end-of-year bonus or other monetary perks. However, that isn’t possible for every business. Employee appreciation doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s how you can show your staff you value their contribution on a dime.

Give Time

One of the best ways to show your employees appreciation during the holidays is by giving them some extra time. It is one of the busiest times of the year, both personally and professionally. Your staff members will appreciate an extra day or two off to address their personal to-do list. It will also show them that you value them beyond what they do in the office and acknowledge their lives outside the job itself.

Hold a Special Event

Another budget-friendly way to show appreciation during the holidays is by holding a special event. Many companies throw a party at this time of year or an awards ceremony. This can be a great chance to tell your staff how much you appreciate all their hard work through the year. It can also be a welcome break from the busy pace of the office.

Write Thank You Cards

Writing out thank you cards for your staff is never a bad way to show your appreciation. A handwritten thank you can go a long way. Your employees will feel valued, and it only costs you an envelope.

Branded Gift

Many businesses have branded products, probably by the boatload, laying around for marketing events. Consider gifting your staff some of the better-branded items around the holidays. For example, you might give them each a company-branded mug. This is something they can use all year long, make them feel appreciate, and cost you very little.


Show them you appreciate the work they do by giving them the gift of flexibility. Employees want more and more flexibility from their jobs these days. Around the holidays, that flexibility is desired even more. Open up the option to work from home for a portion of the week or offer optional half days. The flexibility will give them a well-needed break during this hectic season.

Free Lunch

Treat your staff to lunch one day. Taking the time to order them each lunch to say thank you will make them feel valued, and lunch isn’t typically very expensive. So, you can stick to your budget and give thanks.

Meet Up

If you can’t cover everyone’s lunch, go dutch. Meet up with your employees and colleagues after work for dinner or drinks. Taking the time outside of work to connect with them will help them feel appreciated. It can also help nourish better morale in the workplace. Best of all, this quality time spent with your team won’t cost you anything.

Office-Wide Gift Swap

The end of the year is a popular time for gift swaps. Consider setting up a swap within your office. This can be a fun and a welcome break from the monotony of the workplace. It will give your staff something to look forward to and boost morale.

We Can Help You With All Your Seasonal Staffing Needs

Let Top Notch Personnel help you with your staffing needs through the holidays. Our team of recruiters can help you give your employees a better work-life balance by filling in the gaps in your staff when there are vacation days, personal days, or extra help is needed. In many ways, that’s the best gift you can give.