10 Ideas to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day (March 5, 2021)

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.  

ICYMI: How to Host a Socially-Distanced Employee Event in 2020

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

  1. Hold a socially-distanced pizza party, ice cream social, or happy hour  
  2. Have a virtual game night 
  3. Host a BBQ with cornhole and prizes
  4. Send eCards to your staff
  5. Recognize your team in the company newsletter
  6. Give handwritten thank you notes
  7. Hold raffles for fun prizes
  8. Hold a chili cook-off
  9. Send them on a virtual escape room adventure 
  10. Casual Friday
  11. 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. 

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Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in 2015, and has been recently updated.

Topics: Employee Recognition, Holiday, Employee Recognition Strategies

Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

About the Author
Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

Mr. Ross, a certified public accountant, joined the C.A. Short Company as its controller in June 1993 and was named Chief Financial Officer in November 1996. From there, Jeff was promoted to President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2017, was appointed CEO. Before joining C.A. Short Company, Ross was employed as an accountant by Hausser + Taylor, a large public accounting and consulting firm. Jeff presently serves on the Board of Directors of 2XSalt Ministries, Charlotte, NC and is a member of North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Ross graduated from The Ohio State University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1989.

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