Creative Ways to Show Your Colleagues
That You Appreciate Them This Holiday Season
The holiday season is well underway.
And, while this time of year involves all sorts of planning, wrapping, shopping, and over-indulging, there’s another important thing that should be on your festive to-do list. What’s that? Showing your co-workers just how much you appreciate them.
This isn’t just the season of merriment—it’s also the season of gratitude. So, with that in mind, it’s the perfect opportunity to break from the hustle and bustle of your standard workday and demonstrate that you really do value the people you work side-by-side with day in and day out.
Looking for some creative ways to do just that? You’re in luck. We’ve rounded up six different, creative, and inexpensive ways to show your appreciation to those colleagues that have made their way onto your “nice” list.
1. Leave a handwritten note.
If there’s one thing that can easily fall by the wayside when you’re wrapped up in the busyness of your workday, it’s the simple act of saying “thank you” to your team members.
In the spirit of the holidays, take this one step further and jot your co-worker a handwritten note. It feels so much more personal and heartfelt han an email or a casual “thanks” said in passing by the coffee pot.
So, pick up some unique or holiday-themed note cards and write a short and sweet message to express your gratitude and appreciation. Remember, something doesn’t need to be expensive in order for it to count as a nice gesture that makes your colleague smile.
2. Take on a daunting task.
Sometimes showing that you care is far more effective than saying that you care. One surefire way to do that? By taking on some sort of dreaded task that makes everybody else in the office cringe.
Maybe that involves throwing out the moldy food in the breakroom refrigerator or being the one to scrub out the eight-month-old spaghetti sauce from the shared microwave. Or, perhaps it’s more work related—such as offering to tackle that one departmental task (like a monthly report or even filling the printer paper tray, for example) that you know your colleague dreads.
By stepping up to the plate and taking one for the team, you show your co-workers that you really do care. After all, anyone who’s willing to touch those unrecognizable leftovers is obviously someone who values his or her colleagues.
3. Bring in a treat.
If you know that the way to your team members’ hearts is through their stomachs, consider bringing in some sort of treat that you all can share.
From doughnuts or bagels to your homemade banana bread or your famous and beloved chips and salsa, nobody objects to free food.
As an added bonus? You not only get to fill your colleagues up with a treat that you know they love, but a shared dish also gives you the opportunity to break from your busy workday and connect with each other.
That time spent catching up and bonding is priceless—but, it’s made even better when you get to share something tasty!
4. Buy a small gift.
It’s the season of gifting, and surprising your co-worker with a small present is a festive way to show your appreciation.
Keep in mind, this doesn’t need to be anything expensive. From a coffee mug to a fun pack of sticky notes, there are plenty of things that you can use to spread that holiday cheer—without breaking the bank.
Looking for some inspiration for some affordable, office-appropriate gifts for your team members? This gift guide has plenty of great ideas.
5. Offer praise.
When’s the last time you paid one of your colleagues a genuine compliment? If you’re struggling to recall a recent instance, you’re probably far overdue for offering some praise.
Here’s the great thing about this gesture: It’s totally free, but super impactful. Whether you want to congratulate your co-worker on the awesome work he did on that presentation or you want to publicly draw attention to a job well done in a team meeting, make the time to let your colleagues know when they’re knocking things out of the park.
It’s one of the best—and simplest—ways to make someone feel seen, valued, and appreciated in the office.
6. Start an office tradition.
Even though there’s plenty of work to get done before the end of the year, pausing to take a break and enjoy some sort of festive celebration or tradition together is a great way to enjoy the merriment of the season, while also demonstrating that you value everyone in the office as people—and not just workers.
Maybe you want to kick off a gift exchange. Or, perhaps interested participants can join in on a cookie competition.
Regardless of what you come up with, instituting a holiday-related tradition is the perfect way to get everyone away from their desks to celebrate the holidays—and each other.
‘Tis the season to show your appreciation for the people you work with. But, how can you express your gratitude in a way that’s memorable—without adding more stress to an already busy time of year?
Try one (or even a few!) of the six suggestions we’ve pulled together here, and you’re sure to spread some holly, jolly cheer to all of your colleagues.