6 ways to show your gratitude as the year draws to a close

Creating a culture of gratitude make for a happier and more engaged workplace. There are many studies detailing how gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting and more appreciative. If you want to end year on the right note, then it is time to show your gratitude and make your employee’s feel appreciated. You will be amazed at how much a simple gesture can benefit every individual person on your team….


Feed them – End of year yummy dinner together with a twist

Sharing food is a great way to build the team spirit and show thanks to the team. Think about writing a special personal message to each Educator detailing their individual impact on the service and how their contribution has made a difference & mattered this year. Share a specific example of something they did and how it made a difference to the service.


The gift of wellness

What a better way to say thank you to your employees by looking after their wellness? How about complimentary passes to a nearby yoga studio or gym, or a massage? Healthy employees are productive workers. Also remember OOSH Educators are always giving to others and need to re-fuel them to be effective in the work they do.


Random gifts

Who does not love surprises? Surprise your employees by giving them small gifts and tokens. You can leave token gifts like movie tickets, chocolates or gift cards. Thoughtful gifts say “Thanks for all your hard work throughout the year… I noticed!”


Magazine subscription

You could also say thank you to your employee by provide your employees with a subscription to any magazine of their choosing. As this gift is often a monthly all year round, employees are reminded of what they are being recognised for and why are appreciated for. Who doesn’t like a good read?


Bottle of wine or champagne

Say thank you to your employees by getting them a bottle of wine or champagne that they can enjoy with colleagues (after work, of course) or even at home with their loved ones. If the employee does not drink here are so many yummy alcohol-free alternatives…


Lottery tickets

You could get a couple of lottery tickets as a way of saying thank you to your employees. It may only cost you a few dollars but you could be handing them a winning ticket!


Encourage feedback

Distribute a short end-of-year survey – ask questions around teamwork, leadership….


  • What are we doing well?
  • What do we need to improve?
  • Anything else on your mind?

These three simple questions can be very powerful and allows employees to end the year having their say and feeling like their thoughts matter. Remember though you then have to act on the feedback for it really to matter


“Research indicates that employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the organisation.”

– Zig Ziglar