Low-Cost Appreciation Methods For Seasonal And Gig Employees


Showing appreciation for your workers is key to maintaining an excited and eager workforce. We often think about our regular workers when it comes to recognition and appreciation, while seasonal and gig workers get left out of the equation. If you are trying to build an environment that makes people excited to return year after year you need to show appreciation for your gig and seasonal workers.

Hiring isn’t cheap, so that means retention is critical. If you can pull in the best seasonal and gig workers that are excited to work with you time and time again, that saves you money on recruiting and makes onboarding employees easier.

Employee Recognition Doesn’t Have To Cost A Ton Of Money

The problem with recognition is that it’s easy to believe that recognition costs a lot of money. When you are hiring thousands of employees, it can feel impossible to show your appreciation for everyone so you might refrain from showing appreciation at all. We are here today to tell you that recognition doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a multitude of ways to show your thanks that cost no money or very little money.

Say Thank You

One of the easiest ways to show appreciation comes in the form of two simple words: thank you. Employees don’t hear these words often enough, and this can be doubly true for seasonal and gig workers. If you notice someone doing a good job, thank them for what they are doing for your company. Train your managers to say thank you to employees more.

There are many other ways to say thank you besides a one-on-one approach. We wanted to break down a few more ways that you could use this idea while working with your team.

Show Your Appreciation When The Whole Team Can Listen

If you have an all-hands meeting at the beginning of your shift or a virtual team meeting, shoutout a few employees. Saying thanks during a team meeting will only take a few minutes of your time, and the recognition in front of everyone will make your employees feel appreciated. Make a habit of shouting out at least one employee for their contributions to the team at each meeting.

Send A Thank You Note To Members Of Your Team

Everyone loves a handwritten thank you note. Snail mail is the best way to go when sending a thank you note to members of your team across the country and world. Give your sincere thanks in the notes that you send out. These notes will make your team feel appreciated and serve as a constant reminder of why they love working for you.

Recognize Your Team For Their Efforts On Social Media

Another way to showcase your seasonal and gig workers is through a social post online. If you have a careers page on social media, you may want to work with your social team to share a seasonal or gig worker of the week.

There are so many ways to use social media to promote your company. Take a look at HPCareers on Twitter. HP comes up with a variety of ways to promote their employees on social media and give them the recognition they deserve.

Randomly Giveaway Items To Employees

While giveaways cost money, they don’t have to be expensive. Even a small $5 Starbucks gift card can show your appreciation. Get creative with the gifts you give to employees. Giving away company swag can be awesome because you are promoting your company and showing appreciation for your employees at the same time.

The next time you or a manager walks around your store or warehouse, take a random gift card, book, or piece of company swag with you. Give that item to the first employee you see doing great work.

Cater A Meal Every Month

While catering a meal every day would be expensive, making it a monthly habit isn’t as bad. Every month, you can treat your employees to something simple like a pizza party, a sundae bar, a donut and coffee station, or you could even organize a potluck lunch. You don’t have to make the meal the same every month. Some months you could make it fancy while other months could be cheaper and laidback.

Receive And Act On Employee Feedback

Another easy way to show thanks for your seasonal and gig workers is taking their feedback and acting on it. If your employees are coming to you about things happening in your business, listen to them. While you make the rules, they live with those rules. Your employees can see things that you cannot see, and you should appreciate what they can do for you. Communicate with your team to figure out which pieces of feedback you should act on first, then make the right changes to your company.

Give Your Employees Recognition For Using Their Idea To Make The Company A Better Place

If you got an idea from an employee or group of employees, recognize their concept. Give them credit for coming up with the idea that you executed to make your company a better place. Ideas will flow more seamlessly if you give employees the credit that they deserve. This low-cost appreciation method will only take you a few minutes, but it will make a profound impact on your employees and how excited they are to share other ideas with your company.

Give Employees A Discount

Giving an employee discount to your seasonal and gig workers is another way to show appreciation. Discounts are especially vital if you work in a consumer-facing retail environment. You may find other ways to give discounts outside the retail environment though. For example, universities often provide discounts to employees even though they aren’t in the retail space. Discounts work because they make your employees spend money with you when they otherwise might not have. While you are technically losing money with the employee discount, you may not have ever received the money you are earning because of the discount.

Create An Awards Ceremony For Seasonal/Gig Employees

Last, but not least, at the end of the season or the end of the year, host an awards ceremony for your seasonal or gig workers. Awards ceremonies aren’t as expensive as they seem. You can print out certificates and put them in a beautiful frame or have plaques printed at a local trophy shop. Create awards based on your company values to make the awards even better.

This annual tradition will put your workers in a room together in person or digitally. While it costs money, it is one of the best ways to show your appreciation for your employees that work hard every day.


Showing appreciation for your employees is imperative. Whether you are showing that appreciation to regular, seasonal, or gig workers–you need to make it a part of your routine. Make sure that everyone in your management team takes appreciation seriously so you can increase retention and build better relationships with your employees.