As the old saying goes, “it is better to give than to receive.”

Fortunately, when it comes to keeping your practice team happy, a small gift can also yield large benefits for you and your practice.

Giving to employees through regular acts of recognition and appreciation will help you keep your practice team motivated and engaged all year long—and best of all, employees who feel valued will readily return the favor.

The high cost of low morale

Ensuring your employees are happy at work is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to keep your business and practice culture thriving. While unhappy employees can have a profoundly negative impact on your practice, including low productivity, more absenteeism, and increased turnover, studies show that employees who feel appreciated have the opposite effect.

Recognizing employees the right way

For most practices, the holiday season provides a natural boost in employee morale (think company parties, gift exchanges, and goodies from clients); however, taking the time to recognize team members individually can instill feelings of gratitude and fulfillment that will carry your team into the new year.

Employee gifts vary from practice to practice and can include everything from cash bonuses and group experiences, like a company night out, to charitable donations, paid time off, or even continuing education opportunities.

No matter how you reward your hard-working team, thoughtfulness and sincerity is key: Ask yourself what your employees value most—or better yet, ask them.

This holiday season, consider giving your employees a gift that help your practice perform even better. Available at, these easy reads are essential for every member of the practice team:

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