7 Fast Ways To Thank Your Team Before The Holidays


You realize that it’s only a couple of days before Thanksgiving, and you’ve missed the boat to do anything for your people.

Work can get so busy that before you know, the holidays are on us. You’re still scrambling to accomplish year-end goals but also want to include your people in thanking them for their loyalty all year.

No worries, there is still time to give value and meaning to your teams. Here are 7 quick and cost-effective ideas to thank your people:

  1. Buy them breakfast. Breakfast is a cheap meal alternative and a very fast on-the-fly menu. Very little planning needs to be involved here. Whether catered or picking up a bunch of baked goods and juices at the supermarket or a breakfast locale, you can start the days before Thanksgiving off with in a nice way that shows your people that they’re appreciated. (Lunch and dinner can be done to this effect too, but breakfast is usually the least expensive and fastest route).
  2. Have an informal holiday meeting. You can even couple this with having a breakfast social. Gathering your people to tell them how much they are valued in your company and even highlighting some of the achievements of the past year shows them that they’re recognized for more than the results they generate and work they produce.
  3. Hand written cards from the leadership team. The entire leadership group can divide and conquer to write off some nice holiday cards and pass them around to sign. For larger organizations this may be the most effective way. Everyone (still) loves to get a tangible means of expression and thanks. Doing this during conference calls, meetings, or a little earlier in the morning can help get this effective means accomplished rather quickly.
  4. Buy a round of $20 grocery, gift, or gas cards. Usually grocery cards are popular this time of year as everyone can use these for their families in hosting the holidays. Call the stores and find out if their is bulk discounts and take advantage of what they offer. Some may even allow you to place your order ahead and have ready for you to pick them up.
  5. Know those who are struggling during this time. Undoubtedly there are people hurting financially, or with an illness, loss of a loved one recently, or other hardship. Help them out however you can, and pay special attention that these folks aren’t herded into the rest of the group generically. Their circumstances will need some extra attention, and will encourage them during these coming days.
  6. Remote conference calls, video chats, employee email. Especially for large and/or remote work forces, sometimes a quick impromptu 5 minute call or email that expresses sincere appreciation can be effective as people are still working into the holiday season. When you can’t meet them in person, meet them however you can.
  7. TBWA – Thank them by walking around. But when you can meet them in person, do so. Just having a boss or member of the leadership team shake their hand, pat them on the back, and look them in the eye with a genuine thanks goes a long way towards making someone feel highly esteemed in your organization.

Just a few minutes to thank your people build better trust and teamwork in your organization. You’ll be thankful you did!

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About Paul LaRue

My goal - To encourage you to lead & influence others with positive impact.

Posted on November.22.2016, in Leadership. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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