The holidays are right around the corner, but it’s not too late to throw together a holiday party to reward your employees for a job well done. If you’ve been on the fence about whether to host a holiday gathering or not, we’re spelling out four good reasons that will sway you toward holiday cheer. Sure, there are plenty of factors that might inhibit your plans for a holiday party, including other engagements, money and the entire planning process. But, the party doesn’t have to be complicated and it serves a greater purpose than celebrating the end of the year: it celebrates their hard work. Before reading on, protect your business year-round with a comprehensive Indianapolis Business Insurance policy.
It establishes a workplace culture.
This is the time of year where your employees can relax, have a good time and enjoy the company of their coworkers. Rather than stress about deadlines and clients, a holiday party should be strictly for fun and building rapport. If you want to focus on individual achievements, host an award ceremony. Or, you can host lighthearted games to keep everyone engaged. The biggest takeaway here is that you show your employees you genuinely value their happiness.
It shows gratitude.
It’s true: giving your employees a year-end cash bonus or extra PTO is a pretty good way to say thank you for their hard work. However, they will also appreciate a more personal way of showing gratitude. Having a party for them says that you value them as both employees and people—they aren’t just a faceless entity you can throw a check at and call it personal recognition. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can hand out “awards” to employees at the party to show them that you truly appreciate their contribution to your organization, explains Zenefits.
It boosts morale.
Ending the year and the party on a high note is a great way to motivate employees to work hard in 2018 and achieve a collaborative goal. Working hard is a given, but rewarding your employees for doing so will make them proud to work at your company. The more optimistic the year-end is, the more empowering it is for your employees to start the year off on the right foot.
It connects you to your employees.
In a work setting, it’s a challenge to get to know your employees. However, having a party and simply getting to know the basics of who works for you is a great way to develop rapport. They’re more than workers, they’re humans; so take this opportunity to get to know them.
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