- August 1, 2020
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Let’s talk about the practice of giving gifts at the workplace. It is one of the most underrated human resource management techniques. And yet a company cannot survive without its workers. Employees fulfil day-to-day operations and also play a big role in a business meeting its long-term goals. But getting the best out of your team can, sometimes, prove problematic. Your employees deal with a multitude of challenges – both at work and at home – which might be keeping them from fulfilling their jobs competitively. Anything you can do to motivate them will go a long way in boosting your business success.
Surveys indicate that 70% of employees admitted to feeling happier and working harder when they received recognition for their work. This recognition can come in many forms. Below, are some of the benefits of adopting a gift-giving culture as one such form.
Gift-giving motivates your employees
Giving bespoke gifts to your employees makes them feel valued and appreciated. Sometimes, that is all an employee needs to rediscover the joy of doing their job. A recent Gallup survey found that about 20% of employees often feel burned out. A further 40% admitted to feeling burned out on occasion. Burnout affects productivity by lowering an employee’s motivation. And while a gift will not automatically fix your employees’ issues or end their burnout, it goes a long way in making them feel appreciated.
That token of appreciation for your employees makes work more fulfilling and reduces the likelihood of the stress that results in burnout; because employees thrive where they feel their talents are appreciated.
Gift-giving creates a sense of loyalty among employees
Hiring and training employees can be time-consuming and expensive. So when you find good ones, you must do everything you can to keep them around. A gift allows you to get closer to your team and establish a personal relationship. As you deliver your gift of appreciation, you can also take the opportunity to catch up with your employees and find out if they have any personal or workplace issues hindering their performance.
Gift-giving honours performance at the workplace
Whether it is hitting a milestone like ten years of service to the company, being the most productive employee or simply coming up with a great idea, gift-giving can be a way of honouring an employee’s efforts in the workplace. It can also foster a spirit of healthy competition such as with an employee of the month gift voucher or an after-promotion gift token. This level of recognition will make your staff work harder to achieve these milestones, boosting their overall productivity in the process. But you should be careful not to foster ill feelings for those who missed out with this gifting strategy.
Gift-giving creates work satisfaction and can foster a ‘fun’ organisational culture
Studies show that employees in offices where gifting is a common practice express a higher level of work satisfaction. A gift makes the recipient feel that the giver is thinking about them, which goes a long way in making them feel like they matter. To generate some excitement and buzz, you may want to schedule a gift-giving day. It is the furthest you can ever get from a “typical” day at the office!
A gift to all your employees that gets them excited enough to talk about it in and out of the office can strengthen their personal relationships, which further enhances their ability to work together on projects.
Gift-giving fosters teamwork and breaks down barriers
Gift-giving can be a great way to bring your employees together and break down those departmental and rank barriers that hamper proper cooperation. When gift-giving becomes a social event where people interact and have some fun, even boss-subordinate barriers come down. A more relatable boss is able to get the most out of employees because they can always be open with him or her.
In conclusion, establishing a gift-giving culture at the workplace is one of the most beneficial things you can do if you are looking to enhance the workplace environment. And by leveraging technology, you can streamline this process and make it even more effective. For example, you can gift your employees with e-Vouchers that allow them to select their own gift at their own time. After all, everyone has their own unique idea of what an ideal gift should be. An eVoucher is a fail-safe technique of ensuring that every employee receives a gift they will love and treasure.
GiftPesa eVouchers are redeemable across the major supermarkets for an unlimited time. This means that your receivers can redeem them whenever they want, wherever they want- no pressure.