Employee appreciation gifts are a proven way for companies to reward their employees. It is imperative to let employees know they are valued and appreciated by recognizing their hard work. Studies show appreciated employees are more engaged than non-appreciated employees. The Harvard Business Review stated that “A decade of research proves that happiness raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%, as well as a myriad of health and quality of life improvements.” By showing your employees that they are an important part of your team and appreciated, their work performances will improve!
More fuel for thought - the Coresight Survey showed that 80% of respondents said that gifting had improved employee relationships, 48% said gifting yielded substantial benefits, 45% reported that the primary benefit was that the recipient felt substantially more valued. 41% of respondents said it improved employee retention. A little extra acknowledgement towards your employees can go a long way.
Our suggestions for successful gift giving:
Plan ahead! Figuring out gifts that will best suit your team ahead of time allows for less stress on you, and inevitably for a more thoughtful gift for them. It will also ensure that you have enough time to customize your gifts. It's a win-win for everyone!
If you a have large staff, your gifts need to appeal to everyone. That can be super challenging. Hiring a gift company that will work with you to design a gift that embodies your company and its values. It is a great way to approach the task at hand. Keep in mind items that everyone on the team would enjoy such as a breakfast gift box or a box filled with items to help relieve stress after a long day of work. If employees are working from home, don't go with the necessities - get creative! Get them something they can use but probably wouldn't buy for themselves.
If you have a smaller staff - make it personal. By really focusing on the recipient's likes and needs your employees will know you care, and that speaks volumes. It lets your employees know you understand them. Focus on their hobbies, passions, or family. By doing this you can give a gift that really hits the mark.
Be unique! Old-fashioned gift baskets and gifts with your logo all over them are not items most employees want. They want something that is thoughtful and meaningful, something that is useful or brings them joy.
A few gifting ideas:
- Gift cards - A gift card may seem unimaginative, but it is a great way to satisfy everyone if the gift card is for something desirable like a spa treatment, a wine club or for dinner at a well known restaurant. You may want to give them a choice. Our e-gift cards are perfect for this. Your recipients can pick their own themed gift box, and with over 60 curated gift boxes to choose from, there's something for everyone.
- Event tickets - Let them choose their event. Give them a few choices like Concerts or Sports Events.
- Pamper them - With everyone so stressed, self care gift boxes have been super successful for our clients.
- Tech - With everyone in every industry so connected to their tech products - tech focused gifts are always a welcome gift.
- Curated Gift Boxes - That's where we come in. At ekuBOX, we create gift boxes that can be tailored for your company. We will work with you to customize the gifts so they represent your brand. With our products, designs, and expertise, we take all the stress out of employee gift giving.
So why go through so much trouble? Because you are only as good as the people working for you. The employees are the ones who keep the business flowing and growing. Giving them gifts that show you appreciate them will help connect them emotionally to your company and their job. Three out of every four employees report that they would work harder if they felt better recognized! This will help with job satisfaction, increase profitability and decrease turnaround or increase job retention. A study from Rare Assembly shows that 69% of employees say that they would work harder if their efforts were better appreciated and 66% of employees would quit a job if they felt under appreciated. Everybody wants to feel like they are an important asset to the business. Small gestures such as giving them gifts would not only improve the employees work ethic, but also improve your business.
Make sure you finish your gift off with a handwritten card. Make your message meaningful and personal, and always keep it professional.
At ekuBOX – We can help make your next gifting event successful. We have over 60 ready-to-ship (but made to order) gift boxes available. Our The Breakfast Club gift box, Wellness gift box and Morning Brew gift box are just a few of our most popular gifts. We can also customize your gift boxes to your liking so it complements or aligns with your ethos or aesthetic. Our curated gift boxes are unique because each ekuBOX has something to eat, keep and use inside. Our gifts always hit the mark and each box comes with a greeting card of your choice and your personal message handwritten by us. To make gifting even easier, we can issue gift cards to all of your recipients so they can shop for themselves. All we need is their name and email and we’re good to go. Can’t get much easier than that!