Employee recognition gifting is an area of corporate activity that is gaining in importance. In today’s tough times, when loyalty and commitment can be a bit too much to ask for, owing to lack of hazy business prospects, companies will do well to provide incentives to key personnel. The employees sure will appreciate it. Let us find out why employee recognition and appreciation is so very important as well as various key facets of it:

Building goodwill

A small gift goes a long way towards building employer goodwill so that they stand by you in challenging times. You may choose things that one can use for practical purposes. For devising a gift program for employees, you can seek inputs from vendors who will use their domain expertise and creativity to come up with a ‘useful’ gift idea.

Custom made gifts

It is always advisable that the gifts should always be something that your employees like and appreciate. The offerings should ideally be custom made, thereby giving a personal touch and making the recipients feel like a part of the family. The company logo should be present but if the employees name is also there, it definitely adds a personal touch to the gift.

Seniority based gifts

Connotations of gifting program will obviously vary on basis of seniority and experience of different. The items should vary on basis of the status of each employee. If a senior executive of your is a gizmo lover, he or she should be given a new phone or some new gadget. A gift given should reflect the person’s standing in the company. It should be different and unique as far as possible, thereby letting the employee look forward to the gift and cherish it.

Consider priorities of your employees

Such gifting programs should also adhere to the priorities of your employees. For example, if you want them to be health conscious, they should be given a free membership to a gym or a all expenses paid trek, thus making them realize the importance of fitness .

Some of the popular employee gifts are:

  • Gift Vouchers
  • Briefcase/bags (with company logo)
  • Pen Stands
  • Pens
  • Watches/table clocks
  • Diaries (very popular)
  • Wallets

I some time ago came across an interesting advice: “It’s a gift that genuinely shows the recipient how much you care about their well-being. By giving the gift of fitness you are providing them with unlimited health benefits.” Isn’t the line relevant? Do share your thoughts/ experiences on the subject of gifting to employees and its relevance.