At the end of this week (Friday, March 6th), the workforce will celebrate one of our favorite official “unofficial” holidays, Employee Appreciation Day!
Our Engage2Excel team understands, through decades of research, that exceptional employees can be challenging to find – and keep – and that’s why we firmly stand by the power of showing appreciation through recognition moments. While we believe in these career experiences all year round, we do get excited when there’s a unique opportunity to provide workers with an indication of the value they bring to your organization.
We know that there are tons of ways to show appreciation to your employees, and pulled together some of our favorite ways, within different budgets, to create that memorable Employee Appreciation Day for your team.
- TRAIN OF THANK YOU’S. Gather managers & executives and invite to travel to building(s) and visit every office, cube or workstation to thank employees in person!
- CHEERS BY PEERS. Create a designated appreciation wall in your building/office area. Provide employees with paper, markers, stickers, etc. and let them unleash their inner artist. Nothing says recognition better than a bunch of appreciation & recognition notes for everyone to see!
- HANDWRITTEN NOTES. The art of writing is not dead. Ask managers to write a personalized card for each individual on their team. Go the extra mile and get the executive team to sign each employee’s card.
- BE SOCIAL. Most use corporate social media platforms to share the organization's gratitude and thank all employees with a fun, creative post using pictures of employees throughout the organization.
Here’s a bonus idea: feed them! Treat the staff to a mid-day break, snack or luncheon where you supply the food and have leaders thank everyone for all they do. If budget allows, an office party or after work get together can be a fun celebration!
With so many options of what to do for your employees on this special day, it can be overwhelming deciding what to choose. Whatever you decide, just remember that a little recognition and appreciation can go a long way when it comes to finding and keeping your outstanding talent.