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8 Awesome Employee Appreciation Day Ideas

Jan 11th, 2016

Employee Appreciation Day is just around the corner on March 4th!

Employee Appreciation Day

Although it isn’t an official holiday, it is a great way for employers to recognize their valuable, talented and hardworking crew. Employee Appreciation Day was designed to encourage better employer-staff relations. It’s an excellent way for managers or senior level staff to reward and support their workers by showing their appreciation in a variety of ways, depending on the company size and budget.

We want to give you 8 awesome ways to reward your employees that won’t break the bank but will show your team that you care about them!

8 Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day:

  1. Customized branded swag.
  2. Whether it be a company t-shirt, a hat with their position on it, jerseys for the company softball team or just a new company golf shirt to wear on casual Fridays, offering custom swag lets your employees know that you were thinking about them, and that their position within the company is highly valued.

  3. Employee of the month.
  4. This a great way to get employee moral to an all-time high, the truth is people appreciate being recognized for their work. You can have team members nominate and vote for the employee of the month. Hand out some sort of award or certificate to make it even better.

  5. Staff appreciation program.
  6. Similar to a rewards program, the staff appreciation program can award points for things such as punctuality, project completion and other traits that you want to encourage in your workplace.

  7. Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly lunches.
  8. Food is a good way to get people together to talk, eat and learn as a team. If you are able to provide your employees with catered lunches, you will be a well-liked employer. If you aren’t able to fund catered lunches, maybe just an extra-long lunch break on occasion will be a nice touch.

  9. Newsletter recognition.
  10. If you have a newsletter for internal or external newsletter, depending on the nature of your business – have a shoutout or kudos section where staff are recognized by their peers or management.

  11. Ask your employees for their ideas.
  12. When it comes to meetings, retreats and other work events, ask them for input. The may have some amazing suggestions that you might not have thought of, and it will make them feel more involved in their professional rewards.

  13. Encourage and support professional development opportunities.
  14. Employees will appreciate your guidance and interest in helping them to achieve their goals and dreams.

  15. Thank you notes and cupcakes.
  16. Yummy and delicious treats always work well! If you notice an employee is staying later than usual or really focusing on a project, send them a personalized note and a treat to let them know that you appreciate them.


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