Appreciation is a simple idea. Yet for busy and stressed-out leaders, it can be easy to put appreciation at the end of a to-do list.
After all the hardships, uncertainty, and lack of face-to-face communication we've faced in 2020, showing appreciation to your employees on March 5 will be even more impactful.
Appreciation: gratitude; thankful recognition
Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated on the first Friday of every March. It's a day to refocus attention to your organization’s greatest assets - your employees!
Do you know how you're celebrating Employee Appreciation Day on March 5, 2021?
How to Show Your Employees Apprecation
At C.A. Short Company, we often hold special events and fun activities for our team to show them how much we appreciate all that they do for our organization. During the unprecedented times of 2020, our Culture Team had to reassess how to provide a safe and engaging environment. Because of their hard work, dedication, and ability to pivot we were able to still host our annual Fall Festival in 2020. Employee Appreciation doesn't mean you have to host a large event to thank your employees. But it does mean that your employees need to know why you're thanking them.
Here's a few simple and inexpensive ideas for Employee Appreciation Day to show gratitude to your team:
10 ideas to Celebrate employee appreciation day
- Hold a socially-distanced pizza party, ice cream social, or happy hour
- Have a virtual game night
- Host a BBQ with cornhole and prizes
- Send eCards to your staff
- Recognize your team in the company newsletter
- Give handwritten thank you notes
- Hold raffles for fun prizes
- Hold a chili cook-off
- Send them on a virtual escape room adventure
- Casual Friday
- Write a LinkedIn recommendation for members of your team
These are just some of the fun, informal events that your company could use to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. Remember, each organization is different, and you should choose activities that best suit your workforce, company culture, and CDC guidelines.
Implement An Employee Engagement Strategy, Every Day
I hope that these ideas prove to be useful as you consider ways to increase employee engagement and enthusiasm. Remember, don't just show appreciation on Employee Appreciation Day; show employee appreciation every day!
While day-to-day employee recognition should be a central focus of any strategic employee engagement and recognition platform, the most sincere and valued form of recognition can be as simple as saying “Thank You!”
About C.A. Short Company
At C.A. Short Company, we are your partner for increased employee engagement. Increasing employee engagement results in increased performance outcomes to grow your bottom line. Our process and research-based platform helps you engage your team, motivate your staff to benefit the entire organization, and reward your people for the positive changes they make.
Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in 2015, and has been recently updated.