The effects of the pandemic are lingering, and lowered employee engagement is one of them. In 2020, according to a Gallup poll, employee engagement in the U.S. was at 36%. In 2021, it dropped to 34%, and in early 2022, it dropped to 32% – with 17% of employees saying that they’re actively disengaged. 😯
If this pattern continues, it could be very bad for business. Engaged employees perform better and care more about their work and their employer. In short, they become brand advocates for your company.
But actively disengaged employees aren’t satisfied at work and don’t tend to care about the quality of the work they do or the image of the company.
So now, employee engagement is more important than ever, and a lot of employers are looking for new ways to strengthen those relationships and make their employees feel more valued.
Regular gifts and incentives have always been a popular choice, and it still works today. The Q4 2022 Gift Card Gauge survey from Fiserv found that incentives and rewards:
- Make employees feel valued and appreciated – 79% of respondents
- Motivate employees to be more productive at work – 43% of respondents
- Motivate employees to stay with a particular employer – 32% of respondents
The 5 Best Gifts for Your Employees in Austin in 2022
The gifts you give your employees can vary, depending on the size of your team, your budget and their personal preferences. Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to even begin when it comes to employee gift giving, but, if you’re leading a team here in Austin, Texas, we have a few suggestions!
1. The 2023 Austin Events Calendar
The Austin Events calendar is a great way to find out what’s going on in Austin without having to leave home, or even go online. Each year, this 100% local calendar (it’s photographed, researched, and written by Austinites, and printed here in Austin) lists every major event and festival happening in Austin, as well as ongoing events. The calendars are printed from recycled paper and 5% of the profits go to local charities. This is an especially good option for someone who’s new to the area – show them why they should stay, and grow both here in Austin and at your company!
2. Something to Brighten Up Their Desk
Prima Dora, an eclectic South Austin shop, sells a variety of Austin-focused souvenirs and gifts, many of them made right here in Austin. A quirky coffee mug, coaster or knick-knack that your employees can keep on their desk will remind them of the gesture.
3. An Austin Themed Gift Basket
A themed gift basket is always a hit. Be sure to include some local favorites, like some Salt Lick BBQ sauce or a Yellowbird hot sauce, some queso, and something from Book People’s stellar gift selection.
4. Original Watercolor Paintings of Austin Landmarks
Local artist Avery Price’s pieces depict well-known and well-loved Austin landmarks. On her website, she sells not only originals and prints of her gorgeous watercolor paintings, but holiday gift cards and tags, books, and postcards.
5. Sage Blossom Massage Gift Certificate
If you’re not sure what gift all of your employees would like, or don’t have the time to handpick a gift for each person, gift cards are a great choice. Gift cards and gift certificates give experiences, instead of just things, and are a top choice among employees.
The Fiserv survey found that 9 out of every 10 employees like gift cards. Employees overwhelmingly prefer gift cards because they:
- Allow them to buy what they want – 75% of respondents
- Are a creative way to provide monetary-based incentives – 42% of respondents
- Can be personalized to a particular employee’s interest – 37% of respondents
A Sage Blossom gift certificate is sure to be liked by everyone. After all, no one’s going to say no to feeling better! Our gift certificates are simple and convenient, for both the giver and the receiver.
They can be purchased directly from our gift certificate website and can be printed at home to be given to the recipient in-person, emailed, or even texted. If you prefer, you can also buy a gift certificate at either of our locations – Menchaca or Oak Hill. And we’re currently having a holiday sale, so gift certificates are 10% off.
Here’s the Code for 10% Off Your Gift Certificates
You can use the code 2022HOLIDAYSALE on our gift certificate website during our holiday sale, beginning on Thursday, December 1st at 8 am, through Monday, January 2nd, at 8 am.
Not ready to shop right now? Write the code down so you don’t forget! 🤞