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Christmas is fast approaching. Okay, it’s tomorrow. And hopefully you got your employees something meaningful. Something fabulous. And something they’ll never forget.
That sounds like a tall order, but in reality, employees are not that hard to please.
In a survey of employees, the overwhelming response about receiving gifts from bosses was that it should be a surprise, something out of the ordinary, and it doesn’t need to be expensive.
One woman said that she received words of praise along with a poinsettia. It wasn’t an expensive gift, but it was very meaningful because of the words that came along with the flower.
Another woman said that the best experience she’s ever had with a job was when the boss closed the office early for a day and took everyone up to a local resort town with gift cards for shopping and a time to meet back for lunch. She said that though it’s been years since that experience, she’s never forgotten that surprise.
Something to keep in mind is who your employees are. Get something personal. Do you have a golf nut on your team? Get them golf passes.Got a fashion-lover? Get a gift card to a trendy department store.
One employee remembered a time when she was 19-years-old working in an office setting. She was unmarried, still living at home with her parents and yet her boss gave her a glass serving platter that he gave the other women in the department. It was a lame gift in her mind, something she wouldn’t use for years and definitely not thought out at all.
Gifts should be thoughtful, if given at all. That is the number one thing survey respondents said regarding gifts. So put some thought into those employees you hired make their Christmas the very merriest! Employee satisfaction and high office morale are the gifts you’ll surely earn in return.
There are many businesses that tout that they have the best work environment, best benefits, best vacation policy and on and on.
So how do you determine the best place for you?
This may sound old fashioned, but get out a piece of paper, a pen and make a list. Number your page 1-5 and then list the number one thing that is important to you in a company and go from there.
Once you have your priorities, you have direction on what to look for. You probably already know what industry you want to work for and that information is also key in finding the right company.
There are a plethora of lists online detailing the top places to work, top places to work for balance and family, employee reviews, reviews of salaries and benefits and basically lists for any piece of information you are looking for.
A recent report at glassdoor.com detailed the top 50 companies to work for and you can also sort it by city to find a job near you. http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm
Lists like these are invaluable for the job seeker because you can get firsthand accounts of what it’s really like to work for a particular company.
If you’re looking for a job with a company that won’t be listed on nationwide lists, then go by word of mouth. One facebook user recently asked on a post if anyone knew anything about working for a local school district. What it was like to work there? What the pay was like? Benefits? She was surprised when she received a truckload of feedback from her facebook friends.
Because of the feedback, she was able to determine a course for her future and also received offers from people to “put a good word in” for her if she indeed decided to apply for a job at the school district.
Going straight to the source to find out information is definitely not frowned upon. If you don’t know anyone that works at a particular place of business, ask around. Find a friend of a friend that works there and ask them about the benefits, the time off, the work environment and what it’s “really” like to work there.
It’s okay to be picky about where you work. You want to be happy there and the employer wants longevity from their employees.