November 24, 2017

Festive Touches That Will Bring Your Employees Christmas Cheer

If you run a small business, it's likely your team of staff will probably be a little like family. Your employees will have been the ones who have helped your business grow into what it is today, and are vital to its future success, development, and longevity. Therefore, it’s important that you let them know how key they are to your brand, and that they all feel appreciated for their hard work and dedication. Thoughtful rewards and some effort to acknowledge your staff will ensure that they remain motivated of work hard for you and it will keep up the momentum during the new year when it can be challenging to get back into things after the holidays.

There’s no better time than the festive season to spread some cheer and to give those who work hard for you some treats to thank them. Making an effort to be kind to each member of staff will not go unnoticed, and you’ll reap the rewards in the future. With a small or modest team of people behind you; there’s no excuse not to put in the effort they deserve, so get out your notebook and pen and start writing down your ideas. The following are some tips, advice, and inspiration for the little touches you can bring to the workspace this Christmas so that your team feel festive and appreciated.

Decorate Their Space
Nothing says Christmas like the addition of festive decorations to a space, so make an effort to get some trimmings to adorn the office, studio, or wherever your team work from the most. You can get everyone involved; pop on the music for a couple of hours and encourage people to hang streamers and ribbons, and make their desk their own winter wonderland. Perhaps you can bring in a synthetic (or real) tree if there’s room; again, it’s the perfect chance to hang up, and decorate with string lights and baubles, and don’t forget the star at the top!

Ask everyone to bring in their own decorations if they want to so that they can personalize their work environment to their taste. Don't forget to be mindful of those who may not celebrate Christmas as you do, and get their thoughts on the decorating process. Festive photos from years gone by, cards to each other, and other traditional items can be placed around the room to give people even more of a reason to smile when they’re at work. Bowls of festive candy and the odd plate of something baked is another great way to make the time of year feel special, and your staff will know that they can grab a treat when they need a boost during the day. Christmas music can be a little overwhelming, especially in a work environment; however, you could keep it on in staff quarters, or only play it during lunch hours and break times.


Cards And Gifts
If you want to make sure that your team feel really special at this time of year; you could spend some of your free hours choosing gifts for each of them and writing words of thanks. Christmas greetings can double up as thank you cards and you can look into designing some that are specific to your business or brand. The message within each of your cards can be different, and it’s worth picking up positive points that you’ve noticed throughout their last year of working with you. The card will be something that each person can keep, perhaps on their desk, and in their drawer in the new year, and look back on whenever they’re having a stressful day and need a pick-me-up. Little touches like personal messages can keep the momentum in an office high as your workforce will be motivated to do their best for you and exceed last year’s expectations.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on gifts; it really is the thought that counts. Try and pick things that you feel your team will like, enjoy, and that reflects their personality. If someone is an animal lover; adopt a wild animal for a year, or perhaps someone is known for their skills in the kitchen and would appreciate a cookery course or some new kitchen equipment; the possibilities are endless, but they will mean so much when each gift is received. For some affordable gift ideas for your employees, take a look here: and get some inspiration before you head to the shops or an online store.

Christmas Parties
If you don’t feel that individual gifts are appropriate in your workplace; you can still treat your team by organizing a festive celebration before everyone leaves for the holidays. The size of your company will often reflect what you get up to at this time of year, so take some time to think about what your staff will enjoy doing, and where that might be. Perhaps a party in the office space is the best way to start; you can do a gift exchange, eat and drink, and have a dance to some music (it doesn’t have to be Christmas music). Depending on the mood of the get-together; you could head out to a bar afterwards and dance the night away!

For a more intimate and chilled-out affair; book a room or a table at a nearby restaurant, and treat everyone to dinner and drinks. You could ask them to bring partners or a close friend so that it’s a chance for everyone to get to know one another on a more personal level. Bonds are often strengthened through office get-togethers, and your Christmas shindig is the perfect excuse to create a solid and happy workforce. Give your cards and gifts over at the table and enjoy everyone’s reaction. Take plenty of photographs to hang up in the office in the new year, and use your strong relationships with your employees to your advantage; it’s part f your brand identity, so you can pop the odd picture on your social media or website. Have fun this time of year, and focus on those little things that make a big difference to your team at Christmas.

*This is a collaborative/contributed/partnered, compensated post. The copy, content, images & opinions are not my own.

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