Employees want to choose their own Christmas reward


The majority of UK employees would most appreciate a Christmas reward that they have been able to choose themselves, according to new research from Edenred.

The research shows that while parties, food and wine are the go-to employer gifts during the festive season, 70% of employees say that they would feel most appreciated and rewarded if given vouchers or cash, allowing them to choose their own reward.

Conversely, only 10% favoured a Christmas party as their end-of-year reward, and only 5% chose food or wine as their preferred gift.

The mismatch in what employees want and what they receive could be down to a lack of managerial organisation and communications. Only one in ten (11%) of employers said they actually ask what their staff would like to receive, while over half (51%) tend to leave decision-making about Christmas reward until the last minute in November or December.

Andy Philpott, sales and marketing director at Edenred said: “By taking a little more time to consider the kind of reward each employee would most value delivered through as a personal thank you, employers could increase the motivation impact and performance ROI from their end of year rewards.

Talking to employees about what they want, taking time to plan end of year reward and putting the act of recognition at the heart of the process should be three priorities for any organisation which wants to ensure their Christmas reward leaves their employees feeling appreciated through this end of year gesture of thanks.”