» Giving Thanks to Your Team

This post is by Jennifer Reitmeyer. Jennifer has worked in the wedding industry since 1997. In addition to owning MyDeejay, an award-winning wedding entertainment firm serving the Washington, D.C. market, she also maintains a wedding business blog, WeddingIQ, and a blogging and social media service for wedding businesses, Firebrand Messaging. Jennifer is available for small business coaching, speaking, and writing opportunities. Read more at jenniferreitmeyer.com.

As the holiday season and end of the year approaches, many Pros scramble to send holiday greetings to their clients and other vendors. However, as business owners, it’s important that we remember the people who make keeping our company going: our employees, contractors and colleagues. Giving thanks to your team members for all their hard work is just as important!

Giving Thanks to Your TeamCelebrating the winter holidays with my team has always been an important part of my business’s operations. How we celebrate has evolved over the years, but it’s always been an invaluable time for celebrating our successes over the past year and enjoying each other’s company.

Here are five ways you can acknowledge your team’s hard work at any budget:

A holiday or new year soiree. I know I’d give up a lot of things in my company’s budget before I gave up our holiday party, because it’s that important for morale. A holiday party can be anything from drinks and desserts at your home or office to a fancy meal in a restaurant or hotel. As event professionals, many of us rarely get to actually cut loose at a party instead of working at it, and everyone seems to enjoy the opportunity to relax.You can also schedule ta fun start of the new year party once schedules slow down a bit and to kick the year off on a positive note.

Personalized gifts. Everyone loves presents, and choosing something tailored to an employee’s tastes and interests is a great way to show you care. When you don’t know a person very well, a gift card is always appreciated!

Bonuses. For business owners who feel uncomfortable selecting personal gifts for their team, a monetary cash bonus is a fantastic way to express gratitude (and lighten your staff’s financial burden during an expensive time of year!).

Unexpected perks. Sometimes handing out money isn’t feasible, but you can get creative with other benefits. Offering an extra day (or more) of paid vacation, allowing your team to come in late or leave early, or taking a burdensome project off someone’s plate can often be just as appreciated as something you actually buy.

A sincere “Thank you.” I believe the people who work for us know when money is really tight, or when the business isn’t as lucrative as it could be. When you genuinely can’t afford to do something tangible to celebrate, you can still let your team know you value their work, and thank them for their contribution.

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and a fantastically successful 2014!

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