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Celebrating Milestones in Your Employee’s Lives.

At work, they are the tech guru, the accounting expert, or the legal genius.  However, they are also someone’s son, mom, or grandpa.  How can we show our employees that we know and respect the person they are outside of the workplace?  Births, first communions, bar mitzvahs, engagements, and marriages are just a few of the special life events that we are privileged to share with our co-workers.  These milestones are an opportunity for employers to show that they appreciate their employees beyond the work that they do.

How should you celebrate events in your employee’s personal lives?

First of all, ask the person how they would like a special event to be recognized.  Some people prefer to keep their personal lives private, BUT they still like to receive a nice token of remembrance.  At Borsheims, we find that that the recipients genuinely appreciate receiving a gift from their company.  Often, the present is a part of a company or departmental monthly social celebration, recognizing achievements, birthdays, and special events.  A best practice in employee appreciation is ensuring to publicize the gathering ahead of time, say in a company-wide newsletter.  Should the company wellness plan permit, then the inclusion of treats is always a pleasant surprise to accompany employee appreciation gifts.

Why should we celebrate life’s milestones at work?

 While it is important to recognize employees based on merit, it is also essential to build a sense of community and acknowledge special moments that are happening outside of the workplace.  Make celebrating your people part of your corporate culture.  Some of the best friendships happen in the workplace, and it is good business practice to cultivate an atmosphere of camaraderie.

Additionally, by providing a gift from the organization, those awkward situations when employees “take up a collection” to purchase a gift for a co-worker, can be avoided.  The contribution from the company takes the pressure off!

What should I give for an employee gift?

At Borsheims, we work personally to provide our clients with a range of gift options for just these types of events.  For example, we work with a financial services company to give a Lenox musical water globe to new moms and dads.  A local bank counts on Borsheims to send a silver coin bank with a gold dollar coin to celebrate the birth of a baby.  For weddings, a silver frame is an ideal gift for a mother or father of the bride or groom.  They can display their treasured photo from the special day in their workspace. 

Wedding gifts for the bride or groom are always a thoughtful way to show that you support your staff.  Registry or not, Borsheims recommended classic serving pieces from Nambe, Simon Pearce, and Vera Wang. 

What if the gift is for the child of an employee?

First communion, bat mitzvah, bar mitzvah, and confirmation celebrations are significant rites of passage for many families.  A corporate gift is a wonderful way to show how much you respect the personal beliefs of your employees.  At Borsheims, we recommend Mova globes, Swiss Army knives, Bushnell binoculars, and Kendra Scott jewelry.  High school or college graduate?  Wallets for men and stylish Hobo bags for women, or a Montblanc or Parker pen says congratulations on your achievements and welcome to a bright future.

What if it wasn’t a happy event?

Somber life events deserve recognition too.  How a company responds to its employees in times of tragedy and sadness is a crucial part of its culture.  An engraved “In Memory of” bowl, frame, or platter is a thoughtful gift.  For the loss of a child, Borsheims creates an individual fingerprint, hand, or foot pendant for grieving families. 

Why should I consider employee gifts for reasons other than merit?

Your employees are more than the people who show up every day to get the work done; they are individuals who have lives and loves beyond the workday.  A thoughtful gift, given with genuine enthusiasm shows that you value your employee for who they are.