To put it mildly, 2020 has been challenging for both businesses and employees alike. Having survived circuit breaker restrictions earlier in the year, all of us look forward to having more COVID-19 restrictions lifted as we move into phase 3. Even after entering phase 3, work from home will not completely disappear, and companies may implement more permanent policies.
As a business owner, you may already be fighting many fires in the current economic climate and will unlikely be able to solve all staff issues. Nevertheless, there are ways you can help to reduce stress and show support and understanding for your employees as they continue to work hard amid uncertain working conditions.
One way to show you care during this difficult moment is to send employees care packs. Personalised corporate care packs for staff can include practical items to help them stay healthy and safe, a pick-me-pick box of treats or shower them with some indulgence. Here are some care pack ideas.
#1 Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH)
But first, coffee. Many employees would have started their day with a nice cup of coffee, something which they may or may not be able to enjoy while working from home. Not only is it a comforting morning routine that kicks off the work day, the aromatic brew provides an energising boost that can improve one’s productivity.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware is the home and flagship store of PPP Coffee that’s situated along Tyrwhitt Road. This gourmet coffee joint now offers Still Work-From-Home care packages to perk up your staff. Choose from any of the curated gift packs ranging from $34 to $75 that include one Classic Banana Cake Loaf and a pack of Single Serve Drip Bags. The pricier ones include Cold Brews and Marou Cacao Nibs. With all coffees sourced and roasted by PPP Coffee, they are perfect for that virtual lunch meeting and midday pick-me-up.
#2 Amazin’ Graze
Healthy snacks like nuts and fruit are always a better option to satisfy mid-day cravings. They keep you energised unlike empty calorie-laden chips and sweets that may give you a quick sugar boost but only cause you to crash shortly after.
Specialising in healthy, tropical-inspired snacks, Amazin’ Graze’s offerings such as granolas and nut butters are made from 100 per cent naturaI ingredients and free of artificial additives. They are packed with fibre and protein – just what we need in a healthy diet.
Kick off early festive gift giving with its 2020 Holiday Collection. It features limited edition flavours and whimsical merchandise designed by Malaysian artist MayLii Koo, of A Liittle Lamp. Among the collection is the Merry Gift Box ($22.90) containing three limited-edition treats – White Chocolate Cranberry Granola, Cherry Peppermint Brownie Chips, and Chocolate-coated Almonds and Strawberries. You can choose to add a personalised holiday message card for a motivational boost.
#3 WeCare Pack
Care packs here are curated according to worker types so you can pick the most suitable pack for your employees. The “Stay Home Worker” care pack, for example, has essentials like surgical face masks, anti-bacterial wipes, hand moisturiser, 3-in-1 coffee sachets and facial masks. The “Protector” care pack celebrates frontline heroes with additional items like Vitamin C Effervescent tablets and Herbal Candy. Prices start from $42.90, and includes free door-to-door delivery.
#4 Handmade Heroes
With so much going on this year, it can be agreed that we all deserve to de-stress and indulge in a little pampering. Ladies would appreciate a care pack from this local beauty brand, Handmade Heroes. Its gift sets are filled with products that are vegan, cruelty-, paraben- and alcohol-free. There are Lip Care and Lip Scrub Kits, along with the “I’m Thinking of You Set” and a “You Go Mama Care Package” that’s perfect for mothers in your team. These care packs typically include body scrub, lip scrub, lip tint, lip balm, shampoo, face masks and more. Personalise each box with the recipient’s name and leave a message on the card. It also comes with free courier shipping.
#5 Fossa Chocolate
Chocolate make great gifts and Fossa Chocolate has just the thing to cheer up your staff and clients. This homegrown chocolate brand, which specialises in bean-to-bar chocolate, has Work From Home and Stay Home Kits (both from $67). The former contains a selection of award-winning chocolate flavours (salted egg cereal, anyone?), a jar of La Crema Gianduia (hazelnut chocolate spread), chocolate-dipped fruits (depending on season) and tea pouches by Pekoe & Imp.
The Stay Home Kit includes a make-your-own drinking chocolate set and granola bites by Amazin’ Graze. The deluxe version has a pack of tea bags by Antea Social and essential oil room spray by Hush Candle. You can choose to add on a greeting card and a personalised message for both.
#6 The Golden Duck Co.
All made in Singapore, The Golden Duck Co.’s has branched out to offer other flavours besides its signature Salted Egg Fish Skin snack. Satisfy any midday cravings at home with the Snackbox Medley – Five Flavours ($39), containing Salted Egg Crab Seaweed Tempura, Salted Egg Yolk Potato Ridges, Sichuan Mala Hot Pot Fragrant Mix, Salted Egg Fish Skin Crunchy Crisps and Singapore Chilli Crab Seaweed Tempura.
#7 Snack Guru
As Singapore’s first and only paleo-inspired snack company, expect only ‘clean’ snacks with no refined sugar, cheap white flour, preservatives or additives. Perfect if you have gym rats in your company.
While its grass-fed beef jerky are currently sold out, there are cakes, bread rolls and cookies to choose from. The signature chocolate loaf ($39) cake made of almond meal and sweetened with honey, so it is gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
Customise a care pack by ilovegifts to encourage your staff to stay positive. You can choose to include vitamin C tablets or drink, antioxidant drink, stress ball, collapsible mug, flower pen, snack bars, tea or coffee bag, and more. They can be packed in tote bags, drawstring bags or boxes and delivered directly to their doorstep. A minimum of 50 packs with a lead time of 3-4 weeks is required.
Which Care Pack You Send Does Not Matter As Much
Sending a care pack to your employees show them that you’re thinking about them. This can boost morale and possibly improve productivity. Most of the time, what you send matters less than the fact that you did send them something.
If you’re able to customise a gift pack for them, that speaks volumes of how much you know your people and a personal message written in their cards can also keep them motivated.
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