How to Surprise Your Employees This Labor Day

As its name suggests, Labor Day recognizes folks who work. It’s nice that there’s a holiday, but I’d feel better if we just called it Labor Year. 

That’s a fight for another day. 

For now, let’s focus on the most important people in your lives after family and friends: your employees. 

Labor Day is right around the corner, and you’ll look really good by showing your employees just how much you appreciate all their hard work. 

Gift Baskets

Did you really think we weren’t going to lead with this? Oh, you know us too well.

Gift baskets keep growing in popularity year over year, and one of the main reasons is that there’s truly something for everyone. The good companies, like ours, customize baskets based on hand-picked (and tasted) inventory researched at trade shows and other industry events. 

Any sort of recognition can work wonders for employee morale, but gift baskets possess that personalized characteristic that makes them so special. 

Company Picnic 

Given the latest on Covid, an indoor gathering isn’t the best idea at this time. Enter the great outdoors.

It’ll still be summer and a company-catered picnic at an attractive venue allows employees to bond in a non-workish environment. To sweeten the event, definitely hold it during the workday and discourage work-related cell phone use. 

Labor Bonus

I know, bonuses are typically reserved for the holiday season, but why not go the unorthodox route? There is a direct link between employee performance and bonuses, and surprising your staff with some extra cash is not only a generous thank you, but the gesture is likely to enhance motivation and employee engagement

Considering this is our second Covid Labor Day, you will no doubt create good will. 

Thank You Notes

Whether a bonus or a gift, be sure to include thank you notes. A small message expressing gratitude makes a big statement to your staff. Go the extra mile, and personalize them, addressing employees by name and identifying unique ways they’ve helped the company. 


We’ve written before about the importance of planning your gift-giving, and Labor Day is no exception. It may not be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, etc., but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a special occasion for the people who help keep the lights on.

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