When giving your employees a small gift at Christmas, include a thank you card. The card can make the difference between an employee who feels like he is getting a throwaway gift and an employee who feels truly appreciated and valuable to the company. Make the thank you cards personal and specific, in addition to extending warm holiday wishes without offending those who do not celebrate Christmas.
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Choose a thank you card with a simple holiday message on the front. It could say "Happy Holidays," "Joy," "Peace" or "Season's Greetings." The image on the card should be something simple such as a gift, bird, winter landscape, snowflakes, snowman, penguin or geometric design. For religious reasons, stay away from cards that say "Merry Christmas" or have Christmas-specific images.
Print a greeting inside that communicates warm feelings and thankfulness for the employee's work. For example, write "With gratefulness for all your work this year, we thank you and wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season."
Have the head of the company or the office sign each card in ink. Even in a large company, this gesture shows that each employee matters.
Write a personal message to each employee on the thank you cards. In a small business, the company president can do this. In a larger company, the duty can be handed off to a manager who knows the employee personally. The message should thank the employee for something specific she did during the year. For example, write "Your cheerfulness and can-do attitude make you a pleasure to work with every day. Thank you for your efforts to transform our work environment."
Address the envelopes by hand. This is much warmer and more personal than using printed labels.
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