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The Ultimate Holiday Gift to Reward Employees

Niala Samnarine

By Niala Samnarine

November 27, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or not, November through January usually elicits feelings of holiday warmth and cheer. It’s hard not to when everyone’s in the spirit of charity, giving and reflection. The same is true in organizations.

Many managers and owners wait until the end of the year to look back and see how their staff has contributed to the organization and try to find the perfect gift to thank employees for their dedication, hard work and loyalty.

The task is difficult, especially when you have employees that go the extra mile and perform above and beyond—what do you get those special employees? We’ve got the perfect gift!

What They Don’t Want

While the old saying “It’s the thought that counts” generally holds true, around the holidays hardworking employees would much rather have a reward for going the extra mile and if given the right reward, it has the added bonus of encouraging them to keep up their hard work into next year. In certain cases some gifts are better than others and then some are plain old bad. 
CBS News has been doing an almost annual review of the worst holiday gifts employees have received, here are some personal favorites:

“…we had an employee gift exchange and my boss gave a picture of himself 
and a few rolls of toilet paper in a nicely wrapped box.”

“At the annual Christmas luncheon my boss presented me with a Christmas 
present....which was a coffee mug. When I got back to the office, I had a bill on my 
chair for the cost of the Christmas luncheon and the mug.”

These are obviously extreme cases, but they still highlight an important point. Just because you spend money on something doesn’t mean you’re spending it the right way.

The Ultimate Employee Holiday Gift

Imagine this: you’re an employee at a huge company where all year long you come in early and work late, have visibly increased profits, made an impact with your coworkers or truly exemplified your organization’s culture and as a reward your boss gives you a trip to Hawaii. ::Insert Jaw Drop Here::

Incentive Trip to Hawaii

Can you imagine how you would feel about your company? The amount of pride in yourself for being singled out (or even chosen as a part of a select group) to receive such an amazing bonus for all of your hard work?

Studies have shown that while employees may state that they would prefer cash bonuses, they statistically work harder for non cash incentives. Similar studies also show that when giving ‘experiences’ such as travel incentives or event incentives, there’s a greater impact on the employee and longer lasting effects of the reward.

Because employees will look forward to and talk about the experience before it happens, be a part of it while it is happening, and discuss it long after it is over, the impact and return on travel incentives and experience rewards make the ultimate employee holiday gift.

Back to Hawaii

It’s actually easier than you would think to take your employees on a trip of this nature. One example is with the annual NFL Pro Bowl. This particular trip has everything an employer and employee could dream of.

For employers, it takes the hassle out of planning with everything from tickets, parties, accommodation and transportation taken care of. As an added bonus, because the packages are bundled direct from the NFL the tickets are guaranteed to the game AND the price is lower than trying to piece together these elements on your own.

For employees, it’s the ultimate reward. A beautiful destination, gorgeous weather, a coveted bucket list experience to see the best of the best in the NFL, as well as exclusive extras such as player and cheerleader meet and greets and behind the scenes access to parties and player practices.

It’s the reward that they will remember for the rest of their lives and the ultimate holiday gift for employees


Give the Ultimate Holiday Gift