8 Practical Employee Christmas Gift Ideas in the New Normal

Wondering what gifts could make a difference to your employees this year? Check out this list.

Business disruptions, economic downturns, prolonged store closures— 2020 has been a tough one for business owners. But if you’ve made it this far, reviewed your business, and found that your numbers are enough to keep your company going, then there’s at least one thing to be thankful for this year.

This holiday season, show your appreciation to the ones who keep your business running with thoughtful, post-COVID-appropriate Christmas gifts for employees. Not only will this Christmas tradition lift your team’s spirits, it’s also an opportunity to support other local businesses that were affected by the pandemic.

Here are some practical gift ideas for your employees this 2020:

#1 Environmentally-friendly PPEs

Wearing face masks and face shields are a must these days, but there’s no doubt disposables are taking a toll on the environment. Promote sustainability with eco-friendly PPEs, like the ones from The Bamboo Company and 917’s fashionable PPEs.

Washable face masks and sustainably made face shields help reduce plastic waste. Plus, supporting locally made ones that help rural communities is a big help!

#2 Personal telehealth and contact-tracing services

The best gift this Christmas is good health. Make sure your employees always have access to licensed doctors whenever they need help by subscribing them to a telehealth service like KonsultaMD. Meanwhile, a contact tracing app like CLEAR (Citizen’s Logistics & Early Assessment Reporting) can help them track their health on a daily basis.

Pro tip: Globe myBusiness is giving ThePLAN and Broadband Internet accounts a free KonsultaMD subscription valid for 6 mos! Visit https://glbe.co/FreeKonsultaMD to apply for yours now. You can also enroll the rest of the team for the discounted price of only P27.50 per month, per employee.

#3 Scented candles and oils or aesthetic dinnerware

Since we’re all working from home these days, we might as well take the time to make our abode as cozy as possible. Get some scented soy candles or make dinners more appealing by investing in a fine set of dinnerware. Local businesses like Happy Island and Mesa Moderna are just some of the many creative shops you can check out.

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#4 Postpaid phone plans

Communication is key during this era of remote work and social distancing. Make sure that your employees always have a means of communication, whether for work or personal use by providing them with postpaid phone plans. It’ll definitely be a load off their shoulders!

Pro tip: Hit two birds with one stone with Globe myBusiness ThePLAN for your employees! You get free gadgets and GCash credits when you acquire additional lines for your employees until January 31, 2021.

#5 Personalized home office decorations

Show much-needed employee appreciation with home office needs that’ll make working remotely delightful. Planners, schedule boards, customized pens and pouches, and notebooks, like the ones Decal Bar carries, are useful gifts they’ll love.

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#6 Internet connectivity

Not every employee has the luxury of a fast or stable internet connection at home, so offering it as a part of their package would be a great gift this Christmas – not just for them, but also for their family or kids who might be attending online classes.

Pro-tip: Globe myBusiness New Unli Internet Plan 1899 offers internet speeds of up to 30Mbps, and they’re giving subscribers a rebate on their first monthly fee via GCash credits until January 31, 2021! For uninterrupted connectivity, especially for teachers and students, the LOAD Up with Prepaid Internet Kit offers a 4.5% discount on all dispensed load for educational institutions! Don’t miss these exclusive and limited offers.

#7 eGCs and food vouchers

Restaurants were badly affected by the lockdown measures, so any amount of support you can offer them is welcome! Gift your employees with electronic gift certificates from your favorite restaurants or even food delivery platforms like FoodPanda or Grab and treat your team to a nice meal.

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#8 Remote HR services

Automating your human resource services will give your employees the gift of convenience. That means they don’t have to go to the office and risk their safety just to fulfill HR-related items. Replace those outdated checks with digitized employee payroll schemes so your people can get their money, even holiday bonuses, straight into their accounts.

Pro-tip: Explore GCash for Business for an easy way of sending your employees’ salaries, loans, and incentives instantly. It starts at P25 per month, per employee, and already includes a FREE GCash Mastercard that they can use to shop for the holidays. An HRIS is also available to digitalize your payroll processing, timekeeping, and HR management.

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