Research consistently shows us that recognition is imperative to retaining top talent, with “insufficient recognition” among the top three reasons why employees leave jobs. Recognition can come in many shapes and forms, but thoughtful employee gifts (especially around the holiday season) can be a great way to show your employees that you care and appreciate their hard work all year long.
We know what you’re thinking: “But, my company doesn’t have a huge budget for employee gifts!” Don’t worry; you don’t have to blow your budget to give a good holiday gift. Smaller, thoughtful gifts can prevail over generic office giveaways (We’re looking at you, gift cards) if done correctly. Trust us, you can find a stellar employee gift for under $10. Need to see it to believe it? Check out the items below.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re choosing a gift. First thing’s first – keep it practical. Employees are much more likely to utilize and keep a corporate gift if it’s something they can put to use in everyday life. Try an umbrella – your employees will be thanking YOU the next time they have to brave a storm to get into the office.
Next, choose something useful. How about a portable power bank that charges smartphones? There are over 2.1 billion smartphone users the world (let that one sink in), so this is a gift practically everyone will enjoy. Whether your employees are traveling or just stuck at their desk without a charging cord, a portable power bank will be there to save the day.
Lastly, make it fun! One of the best things about receiving a gift is that most times it’s something you wouldn’t buy for yourself. Virtual reality is booming – global downloads of VR games and apps were up 276% in 2016, and VR headsets are becoming more and more affordable so everyone can get in on the fun.
Pro tip: Deliver the gifts with a handwritten “Thank You” note instead of a generic email. A recent study showed that the average corporate email address sent or received more than 100 emails per day! Cut through the digital noise while adding a personal touch to the gift, the recipient will appreciate the few extra minutes you spent on the note.
When deciding how to decorate an employee gift, try subtle branding, like a tone on tone impression or a smaller logo.
Ready to wow your employees with some awesome holiday gifts? Contact HALO to get started today!
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