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Let’s face it, some companies and employees are still struggling.  There have been cut-backs, pay freezes, no raises and suffering morale.  Even if your company is doing great, maybe an employee’s spouse, parents or children have fallen on tough times.  I’ve felt it, and let me tell you, it is stressful.  So how can you maximize the value of the holiday gift your company gives employees?

Glassdoor recently did a survey, “Employees’ Top Work Resolutions For 2013 & Preferred Holiday Perks” sharing what holiday perks employees want most.  Not too surprising, the first three are cash bonus, salary raise, and paid time off.  If you’re struggling, the first two are not going to happen, but what about paid time off?   Suzanne Lucas, HR blogger for CBS, suggested paid time off is a great holiday bonusthis year.  It really won’t cost you that much in the end for salaried workers.  She even noted that most employees will stay late and show up early to make sure they get their work done, and I can see that happens in my departments.

Next on the list: 29% of the employees surveyed want a grocery gift card (up from 23% the year before).  Employees aren’t asking a lot with this one.  They need groceries and this is something everyone will use.  Even $25 will help towards their Holiday meal with family and friends.  Up next is the opportunity to work from home.  As someone whose husband drives an hour and fifteen minutes to and from work every day, with pay cuts, this would be a hugely appreciated Holiday bonus.  If this is possible in your industry try it out for next year.  Even two times per month or once a week can help employees with travel expenses. 

There is a comment by PSU_HRIM on Suzanne Lucas’s blog, “What do your employees want for Christmas?” that really caught my attention.  This person understands there is no opportunity at their company for bonuses or anything with monetary value.  They stated that a simple sincere and genuine thank you would mean a lot.  Maybe all you really need to do is thank your employees for sticking with and believing in the company through thick and thin, and that their hard work means something and is appreciated.  After all, happy employees are more productive employees, right?

What do you have up your sleeve this year?

Erica L.

Originally posted at: http://uecubenefit.uecu.org/

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