In my last post, I started breaking down how to utilize employee applications for gift inspiration. If you missed it or need a refresher, please catch it here: PART 1. Now I will be addressing other sections of the application, such as: education and volunteer history. Let’s start with the educational section of the application.
The educational section of your application is a treasure trove of information to consider for employee gifting. This portion is invaluable, because it tells you more about your employee’s intellect and personality. Where they in AP classes (advanced placement)? Did they serve in ROTC (high school military themed program)? Perhaps they were in the choir or orchestra. For someone who was in AP classes, consider a book subscription or a ticket to the local museum. Focus on things to intellectually stimulate these individuals. For someone who was in music and arts programs, try creating a playlist of popular songs from that time period. For an artistic element, a wall art image with an encourage statement or work theme. Someone who was in ROTC, may have strong patriotic views. Classic American memorabilia like vintage coke bottles, framed vintage newspaper clippings, pictures of vintage scenes etc. are the way to go.
This next bit, personally, I think is the most telling of the entire application: volunteer and extracurricular activities. In this section, you get to the heart of a person. You learn about their passions. You learn about the “real” them. By definition, a volunteer is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.
If you have an employee who is activity in the faith community, they would definitely appreciate a Faithbox subscription, or a custom journal. Someone who spends their extra time at the humane society, obviously loves animals. If they have a pet, a mini photography session for them and their furbaby is a thoughtful and unique option to consider. Furthermore, you may also consider making a donation in their name to the Humane Society, or another animal service agency. If this person is a foster parent or volunteers as a mentor, a really nice backpack to carry items for outings would be pretty invaluable to them.
In conclusion, the humble employment application is absolutely necessary in the business world to ascertain who best suits your needs, but it is equally valuable in getting a clear picture of the person you are hiring. In the professional world, we tend to neglect the person. While this is not intentional, we do. We have deadlines and goals and commitments. Sometimes we forget, employees and associates are people first and we need to acknowledge that. Don’t hesitate to get reacquainted with your employees. Whether for gift inspiration, or just to get to know someone better, the application is priceless. Use it!.