Spa Management: Show Employees You’re No Grinch

Help build morale this season by treating employees to a little holiday fun.

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This is typically the time of year employers use to show their staff their appreciation through things like parties, bonuses and gifts.

According to CareerBuilder, 45% of employers plan to give their employees holiday bonuses this year, and 40% plan to provide the same size bonus or even higher than they did last year. Additionally, 59% of employers plan to throw a company holiday party for their staff members in December, and 35% of employers plan to give their employees holiday gifts this year.

Are you throwing a holiday bash for your staff? The good news is, it doesn't have to break the bank—you can swing a great soiree on a budget. A recent article on Inc.com provides some guidelines on budget-conscious employee holiday parties:

  • Have the party at the workplace, eliminating the need to rent a room or restaurant.
  • Hold a potluck to save on food costs.
  • Move your holiday party to January, when it may be cheaper and easier to find restaurants and caterers.

And if you're planning on purchasing gifts for employees, don’t go broke, go creative! PromotionWorld.com recently listed six of the most popular gift ideas for employees:

  • A bottle of wine
  • A tie or scarf
  • A book
  • Golf equipment
  • Gift card to a favorite restaurant
  • iTune gift card

Business Management Daily has its own list of the 10 hot gifts for employees this year, which includes items such as extra paid time off and gift cards for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.