With the holiday season right around the corner, there’s no better time than now for companies to invest in an employee incentive program. Giving your employees an ‘unexpected’ reward for all of their hard work and dedication will encourage them to keep continue their positive work ethics. Unfortunately, far too many companies allow the holiday season to slide by without offering rewards for their employees. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some holiday season incentive ideas for employees.
Incentives Are Not Expected
According to an infographic published at Parago.com, over 2/3 of employees don’t expect to receive a holiday bonus or reward. In the past, holiday incentives were commonplace in the work environment, with most employees receiving at least some type of incentive. Today, however, fewer and fewer companies are using them. Does this mean you can get by without holiday season incentives for your employees? Probably, but the benefits of offering your employees an unexpected reward this holiday season greatly outweigh the small investment they cost.
Benefits of Holiday Season Incentives
If you scan over the infographic published at the website previously mentioned, you’ll notice that 83% of employees said they would feel more appreciated, work harder, feel motivated, and have more loyalty towards the company if they received a holiday incentive. These are all huge benefits that will greatly improve a company’s performance and efficiency.
Contrary to what some people may believe, holiday incentive programs don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Employees want to be recognized for their continued hard work and dedication, and it doesn’t cost an astronomical amount of money to accomplish this. In fact, there are dozens of paid and free incentives which are perfect for the holiday season.
Holiday Incentive Ideas
Still trying to come up with a holiday incentive program for your employees? Here are a few ideas to help you get started on the right track:
- Gift cards
- Free lunch or dinners
- Personalized trophies
- Personalized wall plaques
- Company-branded gear (t-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, etc.)
- Movie tickets
- Concert tickets
- Sporting event tickets
When choosing a holiday incentive program, consider the overall price and effect it will have on your employees. Gift cards are a great idea, but offering personalized trophies and plaques to your employees is a more meaningful incentive that’s bound to leave a lasting impression. Regardless of which incentives you choose this holiday season, the fact is that most employees are going to appreciate this unexpected reward.