Since 2020 has been such a hard year, you may be wondering how best to show your employees that you appreciate them. The typical holiday parties and meals out are off the table for the time being, so you may need to get a little creative.

To help you with this decision, we’ve put together a list of employee recognition ideas that are perfect for this year, and all the years to come.

1. Virtual Happy Hour

A bar or restaurant may be out of the question this time around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a holiday spirit or two. Send your team a little care package with some refreshments or offer them the opportunity to expense something of their choice. Afterward, hop on a video call and have a sip, a bite, and enjoy together.

2. Time Off

Many of us are just itching to take a long vacation. A few extra vacation days could be just the thing your employees need in 2021. Or, if you’re feeling generous and the budget allows, plan a working trip away some time next year with plenty of time for leisure built into the agenda.

3. Donation to a Charity of Their Choice

It’s a time of giving, and many are in need of help this year. Ask your team who they would like to lend a hand to and join them. Whether you’re matching their donations, contributing in their name, or even helping out one of their family members, this gesture can make a huge difference.

4. Send A Note

A personalized, hand-written thank-you note makes quite an impact when people aren’t used to snail mail. Recognize each employee’s contributions and show that you’re paying attention to their efforts and successes.

5. Ask for Input

We can give you plenty of employee recognition ideas, but the truth is that your team will give you the best input. Send out an email or a survey asking them what kind of things they are looking for or value. This shows them that you’re receptive and truly want to show them appreciation as best you can.

If you are looking for more management tips like these, please browse our advice section. If you’re looking to add to your team, feel free to reach out to our expert team of recruitment consultants today.

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