If we care about our employees, what's important to them should also be important to us. But sadly, being a mother is often a thankless job--definitely no PTOs or pay raises. And no matter how far we go to celebrate our moms, they most likely deserve more.
As a good business owner, giving gifts for employees especially mothers on special occasions like Mother’s Day is a simple gesture and should be part of any business culture.
According to the US Department of Labor's latest annual data, 70% of women with children under the age of 18 participate in the labor force, which has almost doubled since the 1970s. That means, a good number of your employees probably are or will be mothers; and yet we rarely see companies recognize them.
Being a mother involves selfless acts and unconditional love which you cannot find in any job description. It is a unique calling as it entails hard work, patience and sacrifice. In fact, Sheryl Sandberg, who runs one of the most successful companies (Facebook), sits on 5 boards and has authored 2 best-selling books, said, "Being a mother is the most important—and most humbling—job I’ve ever had." We repeat: the most important job she's ever had.
This is why it's necessary that companies think of different ways to recognize their employees, especially the mothers on special occasions. Whether it is through giving gifts for employees, sending flowers or providing cash incentives, employees gain a boost in their motivation and self-esteem every time they receive something from the company.
If we care about our employees, what's important to them should also be important to us. But sadly, being a mother is often a thankless job--definitely no PTOs or pay raises. And no matter how far we go to celebrate our moms, they most likely deserve more. But here are a few ideas that might help say thanks:
HOST A CATERED BRUNCH AT YOUR OFFICE
Invite all the moms on your team to share a meal together in a beautiful setting--tables lined with flowers and placards for each mother. Keep costs low by catering from places like Tender Greens, ZeroCater, Corner Bakery or Panera Bread. If you have more time to plan, invite a private chef to come to your office and cook next Friday (5/12).
Your employees, especially mothers, play an essential function in your business.They sacrifice a lot especially their time and attention for their families, yet they remain productive components of the business. For this reason, enjoying a great meal with your team of mothers is one of the best gifts for employees that you can give.
This is a great opportunity for employees from different teams to get acquainted with one another and talk about something other than work. It also builds a culture that recognizes and values working moms, since we love inclusive workplaces. You can sit with us.
" IT ALSO BUILDS A CULTURE THAT RECOGNIZES AND VALUES WORKING MOMS, SINCE WE LOVE INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES. "
SEND A GIFT TO THEIR HOME
They’ll never expect this and will definitely freak out when they receive it. There’s something about receiving a gift at home--where you’re most comfortable--that makes the experience especially sentimental. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but it should be well-made and practical for a woman to use.
Here are some of the best gifts for employees that we highly recommend:
Espro Copper Coffee Press
Who doesn’t love coffee? If you know that your employees enjoy a cup or two of hot coffee during breaks, then this is just perfect. Forget those instant coffee mixes in the pantry, having an Espro Copper Coffee Press at the office gives your staff a great way to enjoy freshly made coffee. Whether at the office or in their homes, this coffee press is a sure winner.
After a day’s hard work, nothing beats the relaxing scent of your favorite essential oil while sitting comfortably on your couch. This makes an essential oil diffuser as one of the perfect gifts for employees that you can give. Your workers as well as their families will surely enjoy this token.
Custom Tote Bag
Receiving a personalized gift gives a different kind of feeling. It’s like an affirmation that you are truly acknowledged and valued. Giving customized gifts for employees makes them appreciate more working for your company. This gift is best for their birthdays or during special occasions like Mother’s Day or Thanksgiving.
Showing your gratitude to your employees gives a strong impact about the culture of your organization. Paying salary to your workers is not enough to recognize their value and contribution towards the success of your business.
SURPRISE THEM WITH FLOWERS ON THEIR DESK
Fresh flowers always give life to an otherwise boring desk. You can DIY by purchasing flowers/planters in bulk from your local flower mart and arranging them. Or you can order air plants (that never really die) with customized planters that fit your company’s brand. Either way, you’ll make every mom’s
Send A Mother’s Day Email
No time or money? This might be the most simple act, but it won’t go unnoticed. Make sure the email comes from your CEO, so your employees know that the company values them from the very top. The key is making the message meaningful and personal to your company values.
Let's use this age-old holiday as an opportunity to motivate and acknowledge the moms who spend 30-40+ hours working alongside us. Thanks to all the engineers, CEOs, designers, managers, coordinators, accountants, chefs, etc, etc, who are first and foremost moms. Happy (almost) Your Day.
If you want to thank your employees for their invaluable support to your business, giving notable gifts for employees especially moms and moms-to-be is the right gesture.
For more gift ideas for your employees, talk to one of our curators and we’ll be glad to help you.
Photos courtesy of Nathalie Cheng Photography, Vitruvi, Baggu, Blue Bottle Coffee and Sea & Asters.