Sure, many of us got a paid day off yesterday to celebrate Labor Day. But do you know why? President Grover Cleveland established Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894 to recognize the American labor movement, workers’ rights and the contributions workers made to the strength and prosperity of the country. We get to commemorate Labor Day because it forever changed the relationship between employer and employee.

In today’s issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we’re sharing these three tips from on how you can have a post-Labor Day celebration with your employees as a way to honor them. These tips are easy to implement. Pick one and try it today.

Provide a free lunch. For many companies, free meals are a great way to reward your employees for their hard work. According to the IRS, employee-provided meals do not count against employee income if 1) they are furnished on your business premises and 2) they are furnished for your convenience. In addition to tax benefits, there is a positive ROI to employee meals. So grab a menu, go online and order a special lunch delivered in for the entire team. What a great way to start the week!

Give spot bonuses. It’s important to assign value to the exceptional work of employees, and unexpected spot bonuses are a great way to honor them. It allows for immediate recognition of your employee and it doesn’t have to break the bank. The bonus does not have to be large— $100 could be very reasonable—but it shows your appreciation.

Recognize achievements with personal notes. Everyone loves getting a bonus, but it turns out that money isn’t the primary motivating factor for employee morale. People respond to different types of incentives, and many value words of appreciation as much as compensation. A personal note gives you the opportunity to thank employees directly in a very authentic, meaningful yet simple way. It’s a great way to strengthen your relationship with your team.

Try one or more of these tips today and enjoy the surprise, appreciation and loyalty from your team.

Source: Founded in 2011, Gusto provides payroll, benefits and HR to modern companies. It has offices in San Francisco and Denver, and 40,000 small business customers and employees, in all 50 states.