Custom Written Thank You Cards - Addressed to Both the Employee AND their Family - Mailed to their Homes
I did this for each member of my management team and they did the same for their direct reports, and so on, until we had one for every member of the department. Each card had the same typed message, signatures from the management team, and most importantly, a handwritten personal note from their direct manager expressing specific appreciation either to their family or to the individual. The cards were mailed to home addresses before the Thanksgiving holiday.
What, no money, no gift card? That's right. It's what you put in the handwritten note to the family or individual that holds the real value.
Examples of the feedback from employees:
"When I travel for work, my wife has to be both Mom and Dad. Your note recognizing what she does to support me in my career and all the extra effort she puts in meant so much to her."
"This was the first time my kids ever saw something expressing how much I'm valued at work. It led to a wondeful conversation with them about what I do in the office and who I work with."
"I've been putting in a lot of extra hours these last few months for our new client and my family has missed me. It was great that you put in the note how important my contributions have been and that you appreciate their patience and support while we get this client established."
Here are some two examples of the typed message that would come before your handwritten note:
Example for Employee: