How to reward your staff at Christmas during a global pandemic


If I’m honest, that’s a headline I never thought I’d write. After a year riddled with bad news, we all deserve a little Christmas cheer and appreciation. With the festive season on the horizon, there’s no better time to reward your staff for their hard work. 

But while a traditional party in a swanky restaurant is off the cards, there are plenty of other ways to reward your staff while adhering to the new government guidelines. Most of which are achievable from the comfort of your own home. So without further ado, here are the best ways to reward your staff in 2020. 


Gift Vouchers


A gift voucher is a great gift to give your employees this Christmas. As well as being one of the most flexible gifts to spend, you can buy them in bulk from the comfort of your sofa. Better still, they are easy to distribute. 


This doesn’t mean your employee won’t appreciate one, though. Gift vouchers give your employees a choice of things to buy if you choose a retailer such as Marks & Spencer. And if you’re looking for something a little more personal, ask your employees where they like to shop. Or, if you don’t want to ruin the surprise, set your team leader a task to ask each employee on your behalf. 


Need help with gift cards? At Digital Perks, we offer a wide variety from top retailers, including M&S, Nike, Clark’s, Argos and more! Better still, your employees can reap the rewards from as little as £50 per company per month! To get involved, make an inquiry today


Gift cards for staff

A simple thank you

Not all rewards cost money. And while it’s nice to give a physical gift at Christmas, a simple thank you is often more appreciated. One of the most important things for employees when receiving a reward isn’t the price, it is that they feel valued by the company. Thanking your employees in a one-to-one meeting can lift morale a fair bit more than a gift left on the desk. 


If you want to go one further and inject a bit of fun, hosting an online awards ceremony via Zoom is a nice touch. Here, you can give out awards to those employees who have impressed you the most throughout the year. For employees, nothing says thank you more than recognition from a CEO or team leader. 


A festive hamper (yum!)


If you’re looking for an elegant Christmas gift, a hamper overflowing with festive treats is bound to put a smile on the faces of your employees. A great thing about a hamper is that you can choose what to put inside, so adding a personal touch is effortless. What’s more, they last for weeks and family members can enjoy them, too. And don’t worry, almost all online hamper companies deliver, so you won’t have to worry about shipping. 


Now I know what you’re thinking, as books are often a byword for boring gifts. But those are books with very little thought behind them, unlike what we’re suggesting here. 


A book can be a smart gift from employers. While we wouldn’t recommend giving a book that’s linked directly to the role of an employee, you can use it to encourage learning. Put some thought into it, and your book of choice can provide useful knowledge that will come in handy at work. What’s more, they are dirt cheap and easy to ship. 

Boost your sales incentive

Staying motivated in December is a struggle for some. According to Reba, 28% of UK employees say that they avoid taking on new projects before the Christmas period. That’s why giving some thought to your Christmas incentives and rewards is a must! 

One way to boost motivation in December is to offer a hefty sales incentive, something that goes further than what you’d normally provide. Rather than a reward that your employees can redeem instantly, consider something more long-term that will inspire staff loyalty beyond Christmas. 

Cinema vouchers


Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Shrek or Harry Potter taking over UK television. But there are plenty of new releases that make a trip to the cinema in December worthwhile, too. Cinema vouchers are a great way to ensure your employees have fun over Christmas, and spend some much-needed time with their family. And at a fraction of the cost with Digital Perks, the popcorn will taste so much sweeter.


Give your employees thousands of rewards

So that concludes our tips for rewarding your staff this Christmas. If you want to give your employees 1000s of rewards and incentives all year round, you can do so for as little as £50 per company per month. Not sure whether it’s for you? No worries, we offer a free 30-day free trial to win you over. 




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