5 Unique Ways to Say “Thank You” To Your Staff This Holiday Season

Higher Ed Leadership Series

As we mentioned in last week’s blog post, an important part of wrapping up the year is expressing gratitude to your staff for the hard work they’ve put in throughout the year. But how do you say “thank you” in a meaningful way that is sure to make them feel appreciated? We’ve got you covered!

Here are 5 unique ways to say “thank you” to your staff this holiday season, whether in person or virtually:

1) Handwritten Thank You Cards

Verbally expressing your appreciation is important, but the personal touch of a handwritten note goes a LONG way! This small physical gesture of your gratitude will speak volumes to your team members.

2) Candy/Snack On Their Desk

Leave their favorite snack on their desk along with a note saying “Thank you for your hard work!” You’d be surprised how something so simple can light up someone’s day!

Note: If your team is remote you can use a service like Sugarwish to send snacks to their home.

(P.S. If you don’t know their favorite snack, use an engagement builder in the new year to gather this info about each of your team members!)

3) Breakfast/Lunch On You

Food is always a great way to say “Thank you.” Surprise your team by bringing breakfast or lunch to work – or if time allows, take them out for a spontaneous team lunch!

Have a remote team? Send them an UberEats gift card and cover their lunch!

4) Impromptu Happy Hour

Invite your team members out for an impromptu happy hour after work. Or if you have remote staff, send them a message to sign off an hour early for the day!

5) Half Day Coupon

Give each of your team members a coupon for an extra half-day off, on a day of their choosing! You can also use the “coupon” idea for other perks, such as flex day to work from home.

Making your staff feel appreciated doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Try these simple but memorable ways to say “thank you” to your team this holiday season!

LaToya Jordan, Leadership Development Coach

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