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Corporate and Employee Holiday Gifts: An HR Manager’s Guide

Corporate and Employee Holiday Gifts: An HR Manager’s Guide

Corporate and Employee Holiday Gifts

It’s that time of year again—time for HR managers and business owners to decide what their organization is going to give as their corporate gift this holiday season. Your company’s gift to employees is an opportunity to show your appreciation, grow company culture, and stay true to your brand. Here’s what Broadway Awards recommends for corporate gifts in 2016.

 

If you’re a small business . . .

If you’re a small business owner with just a dozen or so employees, give a corporate gift that comes from the heart. Employees appreciate thoughtful gifts accompanied by a personal note from you. Depending on the size of your company, you could opt to give a different gift to each employee based on their personal interests or one gift that deeply reflects your company’s culture (an office espresso machine if your office is full of coffee aficionados, for example, or this personal one).

Whatever you choose, accompany your gift with a handwritten note expressing your gratitude for each employee and what they contribute to your team.

 

If you’re a startup . . .

New companies don’t have a lot of cash lying around to splurge on corporate gifts. But that doesn’t mean your employees should go without. Take a look at your company’s mission and core values for inspiration on what to give. Or, use corporate gifts to build your brand and loyalty among your employees. Team apparel, coffee mugs, or laptop bags are useful and culture building.

We recommend handwritten notes for startups, too. Show your employees you appreciate their dedication and hard work as you get your company off the ground.

 

If you’re a large corporation . . .

If you manage the HR department of a large corporation, you’ll likely decide on one or two items to purchase in bulk to give to your team. Take a look at the list of the gifts you’ve given the last few years to make sure you don’t repeat yourself. Run a few options by your HR team and your company’s leaders before settling on your final decision. Large corporations often give gifts such as tote bags, apparel, and travel mugs.

If you employ hundreds or thousands of employees, you can still include personal notes with your gift. Divide and conquer—ask your managers and team leaders to write personal notes to their staff, and send out a company-wide card or email from leadership.

Need help deciding what to give your employees in 2016? The team at Broadway Awards has years of experience helping entrepreneurs, startups, non-profits, schools, and large corporations find the perfect employee gifts. Contact the experts at Broadway Awards today at 763-533-0979.

5 Promotional Product Must-Haves for Start Up New Businesses

Start-Up Swag: 5 Promotional Product Must-Haves for New Businesses

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Congratulations on your new business! We know your to-do list is likely a mile long, and we’re here to help you choose the best start-up swag to promote your new venture. Here are the top promotional products you’ll need to get your business off on the right foot.

 

1. Pens

Pens—the old promotional stand-bys! There’s a reason pens are our top choice for must-have swag. According to the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), more than half of all consumers in the United States own and use branded writing instruments. That means they’re looking at your brand and your contact information every day.

 

2. Bags

Own a store? Then you need branded bags. Bags create the most impressions on potential and current clients than any other promo products. Women are more likely to own a branded bag, so they’re definitely must-have swag for businesses with a predominantly female target market.

 

3. Magnets

Magnets are one of the hardest-working promo products. They sit on your prospects’ fridges for years, keeping your name and logo right in front of them. Add your headshot or create a custom shape for extra impact.

 

4. Chip Clips

Never underestimate people’s love of salty snacks! Chip clips are wide enough to include your logo and contact information and useful enough for prospects to keep them in their junk drawers for years. Magnetized chip clips do double duty for your brand.

 

5. Nametags

You might not think of your employee nametags as swag. But wearing a branded nametag is a great way to keep your brand in front of your clients and prospects, especially if you “forget” to take it off outside the workplace. The more creative and colorful the design, the better!

When you’re just starting your business, don’t forget to invest a little money in promotional products. The right swag will keep prospects thinking of your business for years to come. For helping creating your must-have swag, contact the promotional products experts at Broadway Awards today.