HR · 27 May 2016

Five ways to say thank you to employees this bank holiday weekend

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Saying thank you boosts retention and productivity

New research has revealed that small business employees feel more valued than their large company counterparts, but 24 per cent don’t feel recognised at all. Business Advice explains how to change that.

1. Put pen to paper

If there’s one thing everybody likes even more than being thanked in person, it’s receiving something in the post that isn’t a bill, so scribbling something sincere on a nice card and getting it in the post before the end of the day is guaranteed to brighten your employees’ Saturday. If you’re really pressed for time, the staff at card company Creased will handwrite a message in any cards you order, and send any orders placed before 4pm out on the same day.

2. Place your order

Whether there’s extra work to do to make up for the four-day week ahead or added pressure because staff need to leave early to catch a flights, the day before a bank holiday can often be hectic. If staff need to work through their lunchbreaks, order a couple of large pizzas or a selection of mezze from the nearest Lebanese to keep them going.

3. Think social

Your company’s Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts are probably used primarily to promote your products, but they’re also great a tool to remind staff – and customers – how much you value them. Publicly thanking individual employees for the valuable contribution they make will not only make workers feel valued but reassure customers that you treat your people with respect.

4. Offer to help

If you have non-pressing work which can be done over the the weekend or put off until Tuesday, offer to help your employees with anything they need to get done before leaving the office for the day. As well as helping people start their weekend on time, doing work that’s usually delegated to other people can provide a useful insight into any processes that could be refined or issues that might be holding your company back.

5. Call in the professionals

Whether it’s the pedicure they haven’t been able to fit in or the dry cleaning that has been languishing on the back of the chair for weeks, most staff will have some form of life admin that they’ve not been able to fit in due to work commitments. With on-demand lifestyle apps offering everything from blow dries to prescription collections, it’s certain they’ll be something you can help your staff with.

Tried these and looking to make an even bigger gesture? Why not send your employees to co-work abroad?

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Hannah Wilkinson is a reporter for Business Advice. She studied economics and management at Oxford University and prior to joining Business Advice wrote for Kensington and Chelsea Today about business and economics – as well as running a tutoring company.

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