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5 Ways to Show Employee Appreciation During the 2020 Holiday Season

It’s safe to say that the pandemic has dampered most of our holiday plans during a time that everyone could use some extra love and appreciation. As an employer, you may be wondering what you can do that is pandemic-safe and shows your employees you care about them in lieu of the annual holiday party.

Below you will find 5 Ways to Show Employee Appreciation during the 2020 holiday season!

1. ZOOM Holiday Party

Just because we can’t gather at a public space doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the embarrassing egg-nog fueled holiday party antics. You can through a ZOOM holiday party. Send your employees UberEats gift cards and a bottle of wine so you can all gather for a good meal and a cup of cheer online. Plan fun party games such as Zoom charades to keep the mood festive. Keep the online-party around 1 hour so everyone can plan accordingly and not feel awkward about signing off to enjoy the rest of their night.

2. Online Concert

ZOOM can also be used to put on an online concert for your employees. You can hire a musician to perform and take requests from your staff as you all tune into a personalized performance on the ZOOM app and watch together.

3. Send them a Turkey

Don’t forget about the classic way to show your employees love during the holidays which is sending them a Turkey or a Ham for their holiday dinner. Especially during the pandemic, this gesture goes a long way for making their family dinner special. Coordinating a bulk turkey buy can be a little chaotic though so there are other ways to get dinner on the table. Try giving a Butterball Gift Card or a local meat delivery service may partner with you.

4. Amazon Secret Santa

Get all your employees involved with an Amazon Secret Santa. Give your employees $25 gift cards to Amazon and then assign them all a fellow employee to shop for. Supply the home address to the employees and let them shop for each other. This provides a nice comradery between staff members without requiring them to spend their own money during the holiday season.

5. Extra Bonus from Holiday Party Savings

When all else fails you can count on cold hard cash to make your holiday bright. If you normally budget for a big holiday party you can redistribute that money to your employees in the form of a holiday bonus.

No matter what you do, don’t forget to show your appreciation this holiday season. We could all use some extra love at the end of 2020!

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