How to Show Your Employees Appreciation Without Breaking the Bank


During the holiday season, many companies strive to express their appreciation for everything their employees do for them. However, not all businesses can afford large cash bonuses or other potentially high-cost forms of recognition.  

Thankfully, it is possible to show your team appreciation without breaking the bank. If you don’t know where to begin, here are some simple options nearly everyone can use.  

Offer a Specific “Thank You”  

Simply saying “thank you” goes a long way. However, if you want to make sure the sentiment really packs a punch, make it specific. Focus on a particular activity, task, or achievement when you express your gratitude. Mention it in detail as you offer your thanks.  

That approach is ideal because it makes the employee feel seen. They know their work isn’t going unnoticed, and that can work wonders.  

Give Them Time Off  

A little extra paid time off can be a great option for expressing your appreciation. Whether it’s a surprise half-day, a long weekend, or an extended lunch, it can be effective. If you want to offer a level of flexibility, consider giving them some comp time that they can use around the holidays.  

Take Them to Lunch  

Taking an employee out to lunch can be a great opportunity. Not only can you showcase your appreciation, but you can also spend a little time getting to know them a bit more. As the conversation progresses, you can learn more about their goals and aspirations. It’s an excellent chance for bonding. Plus, you may be able to lend your support when it comes to forwarding their career, something that they surely will appreciate.  

Casual Attire Day  

If your workplace tends to lean formal, a casual attire day can be a fun break from the norm. It lets employees come to work comfortably and, potentially, showcase a bit more about their personalities.  

This gesture is very simple. Additionally, it doesn’t cost a dime. But it can have a significant impact on morale, making it worth considering.  

Give Them First Choice  

If you have a specific employee you want to reward, consider giving them the first choice for upcoming projects. Let them decide which one they’d like to take on so that they can pick the project that they find most engaging or valuable.  

Have a Small Celebration  

Whether you want to recognize one employee or your whole team, a small celebration is a great option. You can get a simple sheet cake or cupcakes, gather everyone together, and express your gratitude in front of everyone.  

Typically, this only takes a few minutes, but it can be a lot of fun. It lets everyone step away from their workstation and enjoy a treat together while honoring the efforts of an employee or the entire team.  

Bayside Solutions is Here to Help You

Ultimately, all of the options above are low-cost but impactful. If you’d like to learn more about how you can express your appreciation, the staff at Bayside Solutions can help. Contact us today.