As the festive season approaches, digital print company, instantprint, has revealed what managers can be doing to show staff they are appreciated.
Over nine in 10 workers (94%) want a gift from their employers to make them feel valued, appreciated and happy this Christmas.
The research, which surveyed 1,500 UK office workers, also revealed the most in-demand gifts that employees would like to receive from their employers:
- 29% would like a gift voucher
- 28.8% would like an early finish
- One in five (20%) would like a free bar at the company Christmas party
- One in 10 (10.3%) would like a physical gift
- 7% would like a charitable donation to be made in their name
Different sections of the workforce had varying demands. IT professionals would prefer an early finish this festive period, with 35% in the IT department choosing this as their ideal Christmas gift.
Senior management seem to have a more selfless approach to the gifts they would like to receive. One in ten (11%) said they would like a charitable donation to be made in their name, compared to the average demand for this present of just 7%.
There was some difference between men and women too. Women are the ones really pressing for gift vouchers, with 33% saying they are the ideal present, compared to just 23% of men.
Male employees seem to prefer a free bar, with 22% choosing this, compared to just 18% of women.
James Kinsella, CEO and co-founder of instantprint, said of the research: “Most organisation take part in the festive period, with decorations, Christmas parties and office secret Santas.
“But this research highlights how important a small show of gratitude can be for your workforce. Something as simple as an early finish, free bar at a party or a Christmas gift voucher can make employees feel valued and appreciated. This, in turn, can help boost employee morale, loyalty and productivity in the workplace.”
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