As contributor Ryan Scott says in a Forbes article, The Best Gift You Can Give Your Employees, attractive benefits will get talented recruits to come work for your company. But once they’ve arrived, how do you keep them?
The article shows the growing interest in using employer matches of workers’ charitable donations and giving employees time to volunteer, as important attributes of an employee retention program. Scott shares that as HR professionals look for diverse options to manage employee satisfaction, the ability to let people invest where “their heart is”, is an appealing gift to employees.
Eight Companies with Best-in-Class Employee Matching Gift Programs, an article on TriplePundit, notes 65% of Fortune 500 companies do so. It cites a study, Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Statistics on the Double the Donation site.
The companies are:
- General Electric
- Soros Fund Management
- The Ford Foundation
- State Street Corporation
- Johnson and Johnson
All obviously have the financial wherewithal to support such generous matching programs. What about the rest of us? Every company should facilitate employees’ charitable giving and efforts to the best of its ability. Flex time to be able to volunteer to help a family member or local charity is a great place to start. But, obviously, all businesses can’t afford such widespread, generous programs as those above.
So, what employee gifts can smaller businesses give to make workers feel valued, appreciated and recognized for their hard work?
The Truth: Employee Gifts don’t have to be expensive or complicated.
People have delighting grateful recipients for decades with meaningful and practical gift certificates, as this 1980 Bell Telephone Big Hello commercial shows. If you have a moment to watch, click the link – it’s priceless.
So why were the “Big Hello” Gift Certificates so popular? The same reason Employee Gift Certificates are popular today, they’re:
- Easy to use
- Flexible—people could call anyone, anytime
- Universal—who doesn’t want or need to make phone calls?
So now you know. For a cost-effective way to improve workplace morale and employee satisfaction—and help to retain your best workers—give them practical, convenient, flexible, universal Gift Certificates of gratitude!
The result? Happiness and gratitude all around. Problem solved.
What employee gifts have been most successful for you? What tools do you employee to improve employee satisfaction?
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