Give the Gift that Matters This Year and All Year-Round

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Some of the best gifts around cost little or no money and don't require much shopping. But they can yield huge benefits in workplace satisfaction for both the giver and the receiver.

“Choosing a gift can be a headache but it can also be an opportunity,” say Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. They are co-authors of the bestseller on employee retention, LOVE ’EM OR LOSE ’EM: GETTING GOOD PEOPLE TO STAY and of the popular book on achieving personal satisfaction at work, LOVE IT, DON’T LEAVE IT: 26 WAYS TO GET WHAT YOU WANT AT WORK, both published by Berrett-Koehler.

Based on their books the authors have created some unique “gift lists” for managers and workers aimed at enhancing workplace satisfaction in any organization, no matter how large or small.

“Many annual bonuses -- and even perks such as cell phones and company cafeterias -- are no longer seen as special,” say Kaye and Jordan-Evans. “They might even be expected. If that’s the case, you’ll have to get creative to find other tokens of appreciation that work!”

Here are some unique gift ideas from the authors, to help engage and retain your talent, year-round, taken from their lists “Gifts that Keep On Giving...and require very little money or shopping,” and “Job Satisfaction? Take Action”:

· Private time with the manager----schedule a lunch date, at a place selected by employees, to get to know them better, to learn how they feel about their work and what you can do to make them more satisfied.

· Offer an opportunity to lead a project -- even one you might have wanted to lead yourself.

· Ask employees for ideas on how they would like to be rewarded -- the only rule is that half the ideas need to be low cost or no cost.

· Consider some gift coupons -- for lunch and a coaching session with a mentor, taking an afternoon off to see a movie, or for 20 minute listening sessions each month.

· Offer tickets to a play, game, or a concert -- some type of event that you know your employee truly appreciates and enjoys, rather than “one size fits all” tickets for an activity.

· Ask your employee for the name of someone in the organization that he or she would like to meet. Then create that link and provide that introduction.

· Have an honest talk about the future. Offer to hold a Career Conversation. Talk about career goals, talents, and future opportunities.

· Offer a free one-year subscription to your employees’ favorite business magazines and have them sent to their homes.

There are many more ideas … find the right one for each of your employees this year! Both “gift lists” are available at [ .

Copies of LOVE ’EM OR LOSE ’EM and LOVE IT, DON’T LEAVE IT can be found at your favorite bookstore, or ordered from

For additional information, please contact:

Helen Bensimon, 301.765.0603 or

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