When is National Housekeeping Appreciation Week? It is just around the corner! September 12th-18th is the time of year when we honor and appreciate the dedicated workers who keep our offices, hotel rooms, and lobbies clean and tidy.
In this blog post, we'll provide some ideas for showing housekeepers how much you appreciate them!
Housekeeper Stress is High
Housekeepers often go under-appreciated. Working hard behind the scenes without praise or recognition can quickly lead to burnout.
77% of executive housekeepers say that their job is stressful. With pressures from guests, employees, and management—along with logistical stressors—housekeepers are prone to high stress levels.
Housekeepers are also susceptible to physical pain. Constantly being on your feet, moving furniture, and bending down can take a toll on the body. Some risks come along with mopping wet floors and using strong chemicals often. Many housekeepers also worry about their financial situation—if they don't show up, they aren't paid. Childcare access is a common challenge among housekeepers as well.
You can stand out as an employer by showing your housekeepers by addressing some of these pain points with these housekeeping appreciation week ideas.
Best Housekeeping Appreciation Week Ideas
1. Return the Favor
Housekeepers will appreciate the gift of professional house cleaning for their own homes. Lower the risk of burnout by taking care of those employees that work so hard to take care of your guests!
2. Tokens of Service
Recognize loyalty. A personalized coffee mug, plaque, an engraved pen set, or other token acknowledging so many years of service can be a great gift. But make sure you don't go cheap. Choose high-quality swag that will be cherished rather than something they'll throw away.
3. Gift Certificates for Housekeeping Week
Everyone loves a gift certificate! A local restaurant, movie tickets, or sports tickets—something your employee can enjoy on their days off is a great way to show appreciation for these dedicated workers.
4. Celebrate in Style
Whatever kind of gift you choose for your housekeepers, make it an event to remember. Consider holding a lunchtime ceremony where the whole team can thank and appreciate each housekeeper with a round of applause and an individual word of appreciation.
5. Personal Recognition
Regardless of what kind of physical gift is chosen, each housekeeping employee should be given personal recognition. A hand-written card from management to each employee shows recognition and personal appreciation from the top.
6. Share a Meal
Purchase a meal for your housekeepers! This doubles as a great way to get to know your housekeepers better.
You could also provide a gift card to Starbucks or one of their favorite restaurants.
7. Housekeeping Appreciation Week Massage
The physical work of housekeeping can take its toll. Keep your housekeepers feeling strong and full of vitality by bringing a chair massage service into the building to provide 15 or 20-minute massages. This will greatly help ease sore muscles, avoid injury, and encourage relaxation. For the best return on investment, establish a regular in-office massage service for your housekeepers.
8. Provide a Mental Health Day
Give your housekeepers permission to take care of themselves. Pay them for their day off and encourage them to do things that help them recharge their batteries.
Here are some self-care ideas they can use!
9. Get a Company EAP with Virtual Wellness Services
Get the gift that keeps on giving! Provide employees 24/7 access to onsite and guided:
- guided meditation
- counseling for anxiety and stress
- life coaching
- nutrition coaching
- personal training
... and so much more with Nivati's un-eap!
Therapy and other wellness services can make all the difference. If you're looking to get an EAP for your team, check out our guide to the EAP search and implementation process.
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