After the exchange, let your caregivers choose whether or not they want their Santa identities revealed. If they choose to, they’ll have the chance to get better acquainted, and if not, the secrecy adds to the fun.
The beauty of this incentive is that thoughtful, personalized gifts can leave a more meaningful impression.
After a tough year, widespread holiday bonuses and pay raises may not be feasible for your agency; especially when you’re managing many caregivers.
If so, consider reserving bonuses—or an increase in wages—for a few exceptional employees, or longevity bonuses for those who’ve been with the company a few years or more.
Bonuses are a great way to help your caregivers feel extra valued during the holiday season. Start budgeting early to ensure you are prepared!
5. Gift an Oil Change or Car Wash
Caregivers spend a lot of time commuting, so it benefits them—and your clients—to have a reliable, functional car.
When coming from lower-income families, caregivers may not have the resources or time to maintain their vehicles regularly.
Offering to pay for an oil change or tire rotation is a great way to invest in that transportation—and ultimately, your employee’s dependability.
And if that’s too pricey, car washes are a more affordable option. A clean car not only keeps paint from corroding but makes a more professional statement when parked at a client’s home.
6. Give Away Useful Swag
Offering employees company swag is another sign of appreciation. The trick is to seek input and make it especially useful.
Instead of guessing what your caregivers would like, survey what they would find most enjoyable or practical. If they spend a lot of time commuting, they might make use of travel mugs. Others, with lots of equipment to carry, could love a large tote bag. You can even ask what product colors they’d most enjoy.
If their favorites don’t make the cut, your employees will still love that you value their opinions.
Plus, the more a caregiver needs and likes swag, the more the investment won’t go to waste (and it doesn’t hurt to have your logo flashed around even more).
7. Gift Cards and Getaways
Giveaways are also a great way to incentivize caregivers over the holidays. You can mail out gift cards, set up a competition for a larger, exciting getaway, or host a virtual raffle.