Celebrate your Staff this Holiday season!Posted on: December 13, 2018
Celebrate your staff this holiday season!
Christmas time is here! Which means it’s also the perfect time of the year to celebrate your staff.
Many of our staff here at Ministry Sync previously worked in a non-profit setting, so we understand first-hand the pressures you’re facing, especially at the holiday season! Let’s face it, December is not only the BIGGEST giving month of the year which creates additional work, but there are also many additional stressors in our personal lives, and in the lives of those we serve.
This season, we encourage you to pause and prioritize the health of your staff and organization! We are sharing a few simple ways to do just that this Christmas season. And yes, there is much more to providing a healthy work environment for your staff than Christmas parties, (from professional development opportunities, adequate compensation, clear communication, a unified team vision… etc), but every effort to honor and appreciate your employees is worth it’s weight in gold.
4 Ways to Celebrate & Appreciate your Staff this Holiday Season
- Throw a special Christmas Party for your Staff! Take them out to dinner, host a luncheon in your office or throw a party at a board member’s home, whatever you do be sure they feel celebrated and appreciated!
- Have Fun! Some themed party ideas to consider: White Elephant Gift party, Sock Exchange, Ugly Sweater Competition, or a Christmas Karaoke Challenge!
- Make it Restful. For this celebration make sure your staff doesn’t have to go into “Banquet set-up mode”. Give your staff a break from making the food, setting up, decorating, and tearing down their own Christmas party! Restful does not mean low energy, just require little to no work from your staff for this event. This is a gift for them!
- Keep it Affordable! You don’t want to add stress by requiring your staff to buy a gift that may be out of their budget, so consider keeping the price point affordable. Also, are you working with a tight organizational budget? Contact a local restaurant and see if they would be willing to sponsor your lunch! Or maybe, recruit your board members to help plan the party and dinner. (Another budget-friendly tip: don’t forget that you can collect RSVP’s for free for this holiday/appreciation party with our free mini events!)
- Give a Personal Gift that shows your appreciation. This is not the time for a basic coffee mug. If your organizational budget can afford a nice gift or gift card – GREAT! If you have a tight budget, consider spending the time to craft a personalized note or letter of appreciation for each staff member along with a small personal gift… the thought and effort you put in will go a long way!
- Gift Time Off! Depending on your organizational policies and budget, consider gifting extra time off for your employees around the holidays. Who wouldn’t love a surprise afternoon off to finish their Christmas shopping done or wrap some presents?
- Cultivate an environment of PEACE and JOY. This doesn’t mean you’re not busy, it doesn’t mean you’re not productive, it doesn’t mean you’re denying the reality that the work you do can be very hard at times. What it does mean is… this season ultimately celebrates the Prince of Peace, Jesus. He gives a joy and a peace that is greater than any circumstance, to-do list or year-end goal. Prayerfully consider how you are cultivating an environment that reflects this for your staff, not only at the Christmas season, but all year long.
To those of you who are leading a non-profit: we thank you! What a weight it is you carry. We are so grateful for your leadership and sacrifice. And to all the staff, board and volunteers… thank you for serving faithfully and pouring yourself out on behalf of those you serve. We honor the work you do!
We hope these ideas are an encouragement and inspiration to you this holiday season. If there is something special or unique you do to celebrate your staff, we’d love to hear from you! Share with us so we can continue the conversation over the next few weeks on our social media. Merry Christmas, friends!
This article was inspired by our customers and written to encourage your fundraising efforts. Although we work with ministries and events daily, our team members are not Event Consultants. We encourage you to consult with your event consultant, executive team, and/or affiliate organization before making any major changes to your events.