Seasonal workers are essential to a lot of businesses.
They enable business owners to meet a growing demand for their services, without requiring year-round work.
But because they aren’t full-time workers, it’s easy to overlook their contributions. This year, implement these 27 ways to say thank you, especially at the end of the season.
Leaving your business on a good note will make it much more likely that the best workers continue to return to your business year after year, supporting your company’s long-term growth.
1. Write A Handwritten Note
In the days of emails and texts, a thoughtful, handwritten note goes a long way. Take the time to list the contributions of seasonal workers, especially during the busiest part of the high season. Express that, without their contributions, the business just couldn’t run.
2. Plan An End-of-Season Meal
A lot of business owners choose to bring all their workers together for an end-of-season meal. It doesn’t have to be fancy — a simple pub lunch or even an outdoor picnic brings closure to the season. During the event, make sure to thank everyone, both publically and one-on-one.
3. Share A Monetary Bonus
Seasonal workers need to dedicate all of their energy to their job during a short season. They always appreciate a small bonus at the end of their time with your business. It reflects a sense of gratitude for their efforts, and makes employees feel appreciated.
4. Support Peer-to-Peer Praise
Create a system for regular peer-to-peer praise. You can even set up a “compliments box” in your office, where people can anonymously acknowledge the awesome work of their coworkers. At the end of a shift or an all-hands meeting, share them with staff.
5. Give References
Many seasonal employees are students or young professionals who aspire toward year-round work. One of the best things you can do is give references for these employees on their job searches. Whether through a written reference, or a phone call, this “thank you” makes a big difference in the life of employees.
6. Make Job Offers for Next Season
When you know exactly what your needs are for the next season, let the workers know ASAP. Giving advanced job offers is respectful and appreciative of your employees’ contributions — plus, it gets everyone excited for the next go!
7. Boost Their Confidence
Does something stand out about each of your seasonal workers? Everyone has personal and professional strengths. By pointing them out to your employees every day, you can help give them the confidence to move forward.
8. Start a Wall of Fame
Adding a “wall of fame” to your business or restaurant brings a personal touch. It humanizes a company, reminding customers that they’re dealing with people.
Plus, choosing one individual to go on the wall of fame every season brings a sense of excitement and recognition. Even though you’re honoring one person, it creates a feeling of community.
9. Plan a Costume Party
There are goofy ways to say thank you, and they can be really fun! This year, ask your employees to pick a theme and plan a costume party. You or a manager can judge the event and pick the person (or group) with the best costume.
10. Take Part In Personal Celebrations
When a staff member has a big personal milestone, like a birthday or a graduation, celebrate it with the team. Even sharing a plate of store-bought biscuits signals appreciation and gratitude.
11. Thank Family and Friends
During the high season, it’s not only the workers who make sacrifices. When everyone else is on vacation, employees show up every day and give their best efforts. Make sure to thank family and friends of workers when you see them — their support makes it all possible.
12. Create Time to Say Goodbye
Not only do you need to say goodbye to your workers, they need to say goodbye to each other and their favorite customers. This year, give seasonal employees the opportunity to say farewell with extra time.
13. Keep in Touch
For a lot of seasonal employees, keeping in touch during the off-season is the kindest way to say “thank you.” It keeps the interpersonal connection with your business strong, while offering them a sense of continuity even when they’re not at work.
14. Give a Week of Childcare
Imagine if, for the last week of the season, you paid for childcare for your team members? This thoughtful gift gives your workers an extra level of support during a busy time. It also shows them that you understand how challenging it can be to achieve work-life balance.
15. Recognize Staff on Social Media
In the days of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, online recognition goes a long way. Say “thank you” by tagging workers in a post filled with gratitude for a great year.
16. Hire for Off-Season Work
Some seasonal businesses still require a bit of help in the off-season. Rather than tackle off-season projects by yourself, keep a worker on board part-time. Even if it’s for an hour here or there, it can help a local person pay the bills.
17. Free Promotional Merchandise
If you have extra T-shirts from your business or other promotional material, give them to your workers. It’s only fitting that they reflect your brand while they work at your business.
18. Ask for Feedback
The best workers don’t just want a paycheck — they’re invested in the long-term success of the business. When you ask for feedback at the end of the season, it gives your employees an opportunity to contribute their ideas in a meaningful way.
19. Give out Vouchers
Vouchers are a great way to show you’re invested in the staff without giving cash. Think about something universal like an Amazon voucher. Alternatively, you could support a local business like a coffee shop or local pub by buying everyone £10 voucher.
20. Make Superlatives
At an end-of-the-season event, give everyone an award. With funny titles like, “Most Likely to Make Everyone Laugh” or “Kindest Employee,” you can create a culture of camaraderie and appreciation.
21. Offer Promotions
If seasonal workers have been with you year after year, consider offering them a promotion at the end of the busy period. Although it won’t kick in until the following season, it’s a clear way to say “thank you” and leave on a high note.
22. Give Spa Treatments
Offering to pay for your team to get individual massages is an unexpected treat. It can help diffuse the tension and any physical soreness from physical labour.
23. Frame a Photo
Even though photos are mostly digital now, it’s still nice to have a few framed images. Early in the season, take a picture of the entire staff. Buy affordable frames, and give the photo out as a gift to your staff.
24. Mentor Employees
Everyone needs a mentor. Think about taking on your workers as mentees — it’s a great way to help them carve out a career and grow on the job.
25. Close the Business Early
If you would rather not give a monetary gift or plan an event, give your seasonal employees the gift of extra time off. For example, if you run a seasonal shop in a summer holiday town, send the workers out to the beach. Take extra time to close down the business yourself, letting them have a few extra hours enjoying the sunshine.
26. Offer Staff Housing
Would it be possible for you to offer your staff housing next summer? Many seasonal businesses are located in expensive areas, and it’s tough for people to let flats for half the year. Think about writing off housing as a business expense, and providing housing instead.
27. Pitch in for Travel
Seasonal workers often immigrate for part of the year to work in the UK. They support families and friends at abroad, or are saving up for a bigger move. To go the extra mile as boss, contribute to the travel costs to make their way home and back.
These 27 creative ideas can help spark more meaningful relationships with your seasonal workers. Knowing that their valued and appreciated, these employees will give extra time, energy, and effort to supporting your business during its busiest months.27 Creative Ways To Say Thank You to Your Seasonal Workers Nick Lucs