6 Holiday Incentives to Say “Thank You” to Your Employees

11.21.18 | Company Culture, Employee Wellness, Management Tips

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to think about how you’re going to say thank you to your employees for another year of hard work. Most companies perform year-end reviews that can come with a raise, but it’s important to go above and beyond when possible to let your team know they’re appreciated. Here are six holiday incentives to help you express your gratitude:


More vacation time

Awarding extra paid days off for a job well done is a great way to show your employees you’re thankful for their work and you value their time and dedication. The gift of time is invaluable.

Extra fun in the office

Sometimes an incentive can be as simple as adding some fun to the office. Kick off the season with some holiday excitement to keep everyone engaged as the end of the year approaches. You can have special days with bagels, donuts, and even a potluck. These events don’t need to take a lot of planning, but they can help spread good cheer.

Bonuses for everyone

If your company had a great year, consider giving bonuses to everyone. You want your team to be invested, and if you reward them for their efforts, they’ll feel more connected to the mission. This is a great way to recognize everything that was achieved was accomplished because of your employees.


It doesn’t need to be complicated. Incentives in the form of cash or gift cards can say thank you in a really impactful way.

Performance-based bonuses

These are a more common incentive, but they’re effective. A raise is good, but an extra paycheck at the end of the year based on how an employee did can make them feel good and inspire them to keep working hard. It’s an easy tie-in to a performance review and can take away accusations of being ‘unfair.’

Find out what they want

At the end of the day, the easiest way to find out how your employees want to be thanked is ask them. Do a survey to see what would make them feel appreciated and reward them accordingly. This is a great gift in and of itself – not only are they getting what they want, you’re starting the process by listening to them.

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