Employee Appreciation Day is always celebrated on the first Friday in March, which falls on March 2nd, 2018 for this year. This non-official holiday is a day for employers to thank their employees for their hard work as well as help strengthen the bond between employers and their staff. Showing appreciation builds loyalty with your employees and cultivates a strong company culture that breeds positive employee morale and output. Employee appreciation truly goes a long way and helps increase your team’s work productivity. Employee Appreciation Day is a perfect day to show your appreciation to your team, but make sure not to limit it to just one day a year. Keep reading for some great ideas on how to show appreciation to your staff today and on any other day of the year!
ONE | HOST A LUNCH FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES
Everyone loves free food, so you can’t go wrong with a free lunch for your department or team. Whether you go out to a local restaurant or have food catered in, your employees are sure to feel appreciated!
TWO | BRING IN A MASSEUSE
The daily work tasks and approaching deadlines can cause a great amount of stress to any employee, leading to tension in the back and shoulders. Hiring a masseuse to come in and give 10-15 minute massages not only will show your appreciation for your employees, but it’s a wonderful way for them to unwind and de-stress, so they can come back to their work feeling refreshed and ready to tackle their assignments.
THREE | WRITE THANK YOU NOTES
Sometimes a little praise and encouragement from the supervisor can mean more to an employee than any other gesture. Sending a handwritten thank you note with a personal, heartfelt message to your employees is a wonderful way to show your appreciation!
FOUR | GIVE OUT SMALL GIFTS
Buying small gifts for your team is another great way to show your employees you care. Some ideas for small gifts are:
- Gift Cards
- Gift Baskets
- Fine Writing Utensils
- Nice Planners
FIVE | AFTERNOON TREAT
You may not have it in your budget to buy lunch for everyone, especially if you have a large team, so another great option is to buy an afternoon treat for your employees. Donuts, cookies, or some other sweet treat will show your appreciation and make for a nice little pick-me-up in the afternoon!
It’s important to create an environment where your staff feels valued and appreciated – on Employee Appreciation Day as well as throughout the year. Let us know ways you show your appreciation to your team – or share with us how your employer makes you feel appreciated!