Gifts to employees: a tool for recognition and loyalty in business

At the heart of a company, it is not the figures, the accounting statements or the signed contracts that make all the difference, but rather the men and women who make it up. Employees are the lifeblood of any business, and it is essential to recognize and reward their work. One way to do this is to give them gifts. These generally take the form of gift vouchers, vouchers or goods and services purchased by the company.

Opportunities to offer gifts to employees

Gifts to employees are often given at key times of the year or during special events. The end of the year is the perfect opportunity to offer a gift to its employees. It is a time when the spirit of generosity and sharing is at its peak. Likewise, the start of the school year can be an opportunity for the company to mark the occasion by offering vouchers to help employees with children cover back-to-school expenses.

In addition, during important events in an employee’s life, such as a marriage or birth, the company can also offer a gift to mark the occasion. This can be seen as a mark of recognition and attention from the company, which cares about the well-being of its employees.

The accounting aspect of gifts offered to employees

From an accounting point of view, gifts to employees are generally recorded as personnel costs. They can appear in accounts 647 or 648 when they are exempt from contributions and social security contributions.

Otherwise, that is to say when the gifts are subject to social security contributions, they may appear in a subdivision of account 641, entitled personnel costs.

Note that this distinction between amounts subject to social contributions and amounts exempt is crucial for verifying the basis of social contributions. This base is declared in DSN (Nominative Social Declaration).

The benefits of gifts for employees and the company

Beyond the accounting aspect, gifts offered to employees can have various advantages for the company.

First, they help strengthen employees’ feeling of belonging to the company. An employee who feels recognized and valued is more likely to be more engaged in their work, be more productive and remain loyal to the company.

Second, they can be a motivational tool. A gift, even of low value, can be an excellent incentive for an employee.

Finally, gifts to employees can help improve the company’s image. A company that takes care of its employees is perceived as a responsible and attractive company, whether by its customers, its partners or its future employees.

Offering gifts to employees is therefore a practice that goes well beyond a simple gesture of generosity. It is a strategy that can bring many benefits to the company, both on a human and financial level.

Ultimately, employee gifts are much more than an additional expense for the company. They are an investment in employee motivation, loyalty and satisfaction. They are an expression of the recognition and importance that the company gives to its employees. And they are, ultimately, a way for the company to strengthen its image and assert its values.