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'Tis the Season: How to Build A Culture of Giving Around the Holidays
Sophia Lee
November 8, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the more stressful seasons for people managers and HR executives. In addition to thinking up fresh ways to celebrate the holidays, employers need to be especially mindful of the diversity of their employees’ beliefs and religions.

That's why we're sharing several ideas to help you build an inclusive culture of giving around the holidays, and suggestions for how to execute them creatively. Check out some of Blueboard's employee recognition ideas.

1. Give Your Time: 

While it’s great to donate a big check to a charitable cause, it may inadvertently put pressure on employees to spend money when they don’t have the desire or ability. Instead, we recommend a volunteer day where the entire office - regardless of team or level - has the opportunity to donate their time to a good cause. In addition to building strong social bonds, it’s a great way to give back to your local community. Here are some ways to facilitate this activity:

2. Give Your Thanks: 

Hopefully, you’ve been reading the “Recognition” section of our Blueboard blog and know how crucial is is to have a solid recognition program in place - and for good reason: Research from Bersin & Associates found that companies that scored in the top 20% for building a “recognition-rich culture” actually had 31% lower voluntary turnover rates. If you’re looking to spice up your current programs for the holidays, try the following:

3. Give Them a (Much-Needed) Break: 

While generosity is important to facilitate between peers and with the outside community, it’s equally important to encourage employees to be generous to themselves. Holidays can be a stressful time as people are wrapping up their end of year financials, closing out projects before going on vacation, and dealing with holiday travel chaos. So make sure your team is prioritizing their wellness by considering these ideas:

The holidays are the perfect time to remind your employees of the great company they work at, and how valued they are by both managers and colleagues alike. Have a favorite holiday office tradition that we should include? Share with us in the comments below!

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