Recognition is intangible — even if it’s just a pat on the back or a compliment paid to a deserving employee during the staff meeting. But when a verbal “thank you” doesn’t seem sufficient, a gift for your employee is a great way to show your appreciation for a job well done.
Here are several ideas to help you appreciate your employees throughout the year:
If you want your employee appreciation gift to say a simple “thank you,” choose a box of chocolates, which come in 1-pound and 1.5-pound boxes, as well as high-end Ghirardelli hot cocoa sets for chocolate lovers and connoisseurs. While chocolate is a sweet gesture that's sure to be appreciated by most recipients, be on the safe side and buy chocolates without nuts and other allergens.
When the president of the United States signs a bill, a designee hands over the writing instrument. The employee you want to recognize probably doesn't have a designated pen holder; nevertheless, a fine writing instrument could be the ideal gift for an up-and-coming manager or company executive. The Monteverde line of writing instruments includes polished, elegant pens to grace the desk of your organization's rising star.
If you're stumped about what to give a fussy staff member, settling for a gift card is a winning and flexible choice. You can buy gift cards in denominations up to $500. This way, your staffer can shop for electronics, business essentials and other items that appeal to his or her lifestyle and preferences .
Employee Gifts to Show Off
Help your employees fill empty wall space or desk space with engraved plaques, commending them for loyalty and dedication, tenure or superior service. Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to plan so that you can personalize the plaques with your employees’ names, titles and commendations. Trophies also make impressive appreciation gifts, although they may be more appropriate for recognizing a team’s collective work rather than an individual.
About the Author
Ruth Mayhew has over two decades of experience in human resources management and consulting for various industries including the technology, healthcare and federal government services. Her work appears in various top professional human resources and consulting publications.
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