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5 simple ways to reward and engage your employees this Christmas

Jessica Tabinor leadership advice

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    LEADERSHIP ADVICE | 3 MIN READ

  • It’s important to engage your staff throughout the whole year, but as we approach the end of the year and the holiday season it’s time to give a little back and show your employees that you appreciate their efforts.

  • We share a round-up of our favourite ways to reward and engage staff after a year of hard work. 

It’s important to engage your staff throughout the whole year, but as we approach the end of the year and the holiday season it’s time to give a little back and show your employees that you appreciate their efforts.

For most people, this is the last full working week before the Christmas break, so we share a round-up of our favourite ways to reward and engage staff after a year of hard work. If you haven’t ticked off any of the below, then don’t fear, we’ve added some quick-wins to sneak in before Friday! (We’ve got your back!).

1.Secret Santa

An office favourite! Although organising it can seem like a pain, hosting a Secret Santa gift exchange is an easy way to get everyone involved and feeling festive in no time. There are so many online tools that pretty much organise the whole thing for you. All you need to do is pick a price limit and set a date for the big reveal!

2. Desk decoration competition

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Nothing makes you feel Christmasy like some festive Christmas decs! Whilst most of us decorate every inch of our homes, it can be a little uninspiring to turn up to work and there be none! So, we suggest you turn your office into a grotto!

Hold a Christmas decoration competition across the teams in your office, you’ll be surprised how creative you can get! 

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3. Watch a Christmas film (with snacks!)

With work starting to wind down (fingers crossed!) in the final week before Christmas, your employees probably have a lot more time on their hands. A simple way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit is to book out a meeting room, put a Christmas film on and chill for an hour or two! It brings everyone together in one room and shows that you appreciate the work that they have done over the past year. However, this suggestion comes with a caveat that there has to be snacks too!

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4. Host an award ceremony

People love to be awarded and rewarded for their hard work and effort, so why not host an office award ceremony? It can be as simple as booking a meeting room, getting together some snacks, drinks and your favourite Christmas Spotify playlist.

The awards don’t need to be based on targets either, just think of it as a bit of fun and get creative!


5. Send a Christmas card

If you’re struggling to do any of the above, then a simple Christmas card, especially if they aren’t expecting it, would go a long way. Sometimes simply thanking your employees for their hard work over the past year and wishing them a Happy Christmas can make a real difference.


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