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