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Now that the new year is in full swing, don’t forget to recognize your holiday workers—those who worked holiday shifts rather than celebrating with family and friends. You want to ensure they still feel engaged, valued and enthused, as they are the ones who made sure you were open for business during the holidays.
Be Sure to Recognize Holiday Workers
If you can afford to do so, giving holiday workers a bonus is always appreciated, but as Fox Business article “How to Keep Workers Happy When Working Holiday Shifts,” notes:
“While many smaller companies can’t afford to give their workers holiday bonuses, there are other ways to keep employee morale up”, says Daniel Rubin, vice president of Aon Hewitt Talent & Rewards Practice.
“Not enough companies recognize employees in this way,” he goes on. “It’s easy to do, in a sense of saying, ‘Thank you.’ It’s the standpoint of taking the time and not necessarily spending money, and that is something every single company should do.”
Even if budgets are tight, give holiday workers a small token of your thanks, even if it’s just a $5 or $10 gift certificate, a home-cooked meal or a hand-written thank-you note, Rubin says.
Be sure to link this action specifically with your employee’s working on a holiday or overtime, this way he or she will be more inclined to repeat it in the future.
“Making that connection makes the effort more real to employees that their work was recognized,” Rubin says. “Get specific with them. When employees make a link between anything the company does for them with their own effort, that makes all the difference.”
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