Well, with the snow flurries amassing outside, it seems as though the holiday season is officially upon us. Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, Christmas is inching closer and closer each and every day, and all of us here at the Newsletter Pro are dying with anticipation to see what lands under our trees this year.
Speaking of what’s under the tree, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on something that I feel is very important. Although it may sound a little cliche, and most likely pretty cheesy, I think the holidays are the perfect opportunity for everyone here at TNP, myself included, to give thanks for some of the gifts we’ve had all along: each other.
Like I said, it’s a bit cringe-worthy, but I’d be lying if I said my coworkers weren’t a lot of what keeps me coming back to work every day. And if you’re a business owner, or simply an employee that happens to have super cool coworkers like I do, I think it’s really important to let them know just how cool they are from time to time, especially during the holidays.
However, if you’re like me, and have a hard time “opening up” around the people you work with, here are a few activities and outings you can enjoy with your coworkers and or employees that not only show that you care, but are also sure to make some memories that will last a lifetime.
First off, when it comes to showing that you care, one of the best ways to do so is wrangle up the troops after work one day and volunteer somewhere in your community. Around this time of year, there are plenty of homeless shelters to volunteer at, not to mention countless other local organizations that could use a helping hand. So, don’t be afraid to get everyone together, roll up your sleeves, and be that positive change you want to see this year!
Secondly, nothing says, “I appreciate you and all the things you do,” like a night out on the town. It can be dinner, drinks, dessert, or what have you. I know that budgets are strained around this particular time of year, but moving some money around in the name of employee appreciation for a holiday get-together is well worth it, and your coworkers/employees will definitely agree. After all, nothing brings people together quite like a holiday dinner.
Finally, not to pull the cheesy card again, but, there really is nothing better than a good, old-fashioned field trip to show the people you work with that you care. The best part about this is, given your industry, you can make this both an educational and exciting experience for everyone involved. However, if you go that route, I suggest keeping it as fun as possible. You don’t want to bore anyone to tears, so keep it light, and most importantly, interesting (much like your newsletter).
At the end of the day, employee appreciation isn’t necessarily about which activity you choose or how much money you have to spend on the occasion, it’s about showing your gratitude for all the people who work for, with, and alongside you. They’re the ones who help you keep the train on the tracks, so, as the holidays loom closer, be sure to do a little something for them. It doesn’t have to be lavish, just make sure they know that they’re appreciated, and when in doubt, a pat on the back goes a long way.