Making sure that your employees feel appreciated is an important component of company culture. Your thoughtfulness can minimize turnover rates, and increase both productivity, and employee engagement. Employees are the backbone of the company, and one of your most important assets. Their contributions should not go unnoticed.
Of course, offering authentic words of affirmation is nice, and genuinely appreciated by employees. However, there are other methods for employee appreciation which have greater positive impact, such as giving paid time off, catering lunch, or giving them an egift card to their favorite store.
Employees especially love receiving gift cards as a token of appreciation for all their hard work. This is a perfect solution for employers too because it is exciting for the employee to receive, and they also take the stress out of having to buy personalized gifts for everyone, which is a daunting task. Gift cards empower the employee to buy what they want, giving complete freedom to essentially gift themselves, with the support and applause of the company who provided the gift card.
Below are some ways in which these types of gift cards can be used in employee appreciation initiatives.
Incentivize for Performance
It is important to recognize employees for their hard work. Their contributions should not go unnoticed by management. If you have an employee that is consistently going above and beyond the call of duty, or one that has met an identified performance goal, a symbol of appreciation should be given.
A great option is an egift card, because it is fully customizable, so any images can be uploaded from an award for performance to showcase their achievement, or even a funny picture of the employee’s happy, smiling boss. This allows creative control over the design of the gift card, but also adds a really nice personal touch to this earned reward.
On the other side of this, if there is an employee you have noticed is struggling a little bit, giving them a small gift card with a note of encouragement, can help them feel cared for and valued, which can increase their morale. Something as simple as a $5 gift card to their favorite coffee or lunch place, can help to increase their performance and productivity.
Recognition for Milestones & Admin Assistant Day
Employee milestones should always be celebrated to show that their commitment to the company is valued and appreciated. If someone is celebrating an employment anniversary, like 5, 10, 15 or 20 years, their loyalty should be rewarded with a nice lunch, and through a gift card with a dollar amount corresponding to the amount of time they have been with the company, or maybe add a zero to the end of that number.
Also, coming up on April 21st, Admin Assistant Day, is a great day to show your admin staff in particular, a little extra acknowledgement. A large majority of the work they do on a daily basis, contributes to the overall, smooth functioning of the office. Without them, operating would likely be difficult, and certainly, more challenging. Ensure they feel valued by giving all admin staff a “thank you” card, signed by everyone on their team, and email their gift card with a wide shot picture of their cheerful, appreciative team, uploaded to make them feel special on Admin Assistant Day, or any day when they have exceeded your company’s expectations for hard work, well done.
The holidays are a wonderful time to give extra thought to the well-being and morale of your employees. It is common for the employer, or department managers, to provide employees with a holiday gift. However, when this task is added to the necessary and perfunctory shopping for their friends, and family, buying gifts for employees can increase the already mounting holiday stress. Thankfully, the perfect gift already exists in the form of a gift card!
This form of gift giving is celebratory and fun because gift cards are customizable. Your team can take pictures at the holiday party, which can be uploaded to showcase the laughter and hilarity the team had together, to give the company’s holiday gift an individualized touch. When your employee goes to use the gift card, he or she can reflect on how appreciated they feel by their employer, and what a gift it is to be valued and affirmed for their work ethic.
It is also possible to utilize customizable gift cards as prizes, at the company holiday party, if games and/or raffles are planned. This type of prize will incentivize all employees to participate, given the chance that they will receive a thoughtful, personalized gift card, to use as they wish. The card may even be kept in remembrance of the great workplace, which they help to grow and prosper.