During the 2014 holiday period, Adactus Housing Group sent its staff Christmas cards along with their payslips and details of the organisation’s voluntary benefits scheme, which is provided by Reward Gateway. The cards were delivered to employees’ home addresses or at their desk if they were based at its head office.
Adactus also provided all 530 staff with an afternoon Christmas party, with no obligation to stay until late in the evening. To tie in with the party, at which staff were given a three-course meal and wine, they were also given the morning off work to do as they pleased.
Additionally, the organisation offers its workers a small Christmas bonus – a goodwill payment, which is calculated based on the number of hours an employee works per week, and how long they have worked for Adactus.
Michelle Grundy, human resources manager at Adactus Housing Group, says: “Christmas is one of the times of year when [employers] can really make an impact and thank staff for what they do day in, day out. Our employees are so important to us.”
She adds that when it comes to Christmas incentives, giving employees options can be really effective. “Our voluntary discount scheme, for example, can be used by employees online or in store, and lets the employee pick a store,” she explains.