Creating a culture where your employees feel valued benefits your business with more employee engagement, commitment and better productivity. During the holiday season, employee recognition is a natural part of the workplace. How a leader meets those expectations can influence how employees feel about their company and team. At Christmas there are two ways companies can show how they value their employees: a gift and\/or a holiday bonus. There are fundamental differences in approach to the gift and the cash bonus, says Bea Bohm-Meyer, Founder of the Bohm-Meyer Group, who has assisted Canadian companies with corporate culture for 20 years. The motivation behind a gift is personal, while the impetus behind a company bonus is a blanket motivational strategy, Bohm-Meyer says. \u201cEvery company has motivational platforms. One of the best is open, transparent communication, where all employees feel connected. That is a blanket motivational platform,\u201d explains Bohm-Meyer. The holiday bonus reflects personal or corporate performance and it\u2019s distributed to everyone.