As the season for giving thanks draws near, it’s time to start thinking about how to show appreciation to those who help make your company a success. The simple act of showing gratitude can motivate, strengthen relationships and create a better workplace. Giving thanks should happen every day, but sometimes it’s important to amp up your efforts while staying authentic. Whether it’s with employee appreciation gifts or special volunteer shoutouts, show those who keep your organization running just how much you care about them.
Give big thanks with small employee appreciation gifts
Company programs that celebrate specific milestones—like work anniversaries or sales achievements—are great, but they can sometimes feel impersonal. If these programs are the only way you show appreciation, there may be some room for improvement. Checking in daily may seem like a small thing, but it can have a big impact on staff. Take the time to learn about your team members and what they enjoy. Someone who loves to take handwritten notes may enjoy a notebook and pen, along with a handwritten affirmation. If some team members are working from home, mail a company branded mug as a symbol of camaraderie. These employee appreciation gifts will show your team you care.
Show gratitude with volunteer thank-you gifts
Volunteers are giving your organization their valuable time, so it’s important to find creative ways to show your gratitude. Simple handwritten thank-you notes and a thoughtful gift, like a branded tote or a T-shirt imprinted with the phrase, “Valued Volunteer,” can really make an impression. They can show off their pride in your organization while promoting your name.
Think outside the box for customer appreciation gifts
When it comes to showing client appreciation, it’s important to think outside of the box. Make it personal by sending gifts on birthdays, to commemorate work or partnership anniversaries, or to recognize other major life events. Aside from timing, try to get creative with what you’re giving too. Clients will appreciate something they’ll use daily, like an insulated tumbler or quality laptop backpack. And remember, appreciation doesn’t always need to be a gift. Give customers a social media shoutout. There’s nothing quite like telling the world what makes your clients so special!
Enhance your members’ experience with special gifts
While your members may not interact with you as often as your employees, they still like to be recognized. When new members sign up or current members renew their memberships, send them a hand-written thank-you note along with a coupon or small gift. Appreciation gifts can be as simple as a branded calendar magnet or a members only lapel pin. Members also love receiving personalized content. In fact, 79% say receiving targeted, valuable content from their organization or association is important. Aside from monthly newsletters, send members a personalized email or letter, using their past purchases to help identify their interests.
From customers to employees to volunteers to members, there are a variety of special ways to show people you care. Take the time to show appreciation and reap the benefits of stronger relationships and loyal team members.