Try These 16 Fun Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Thursday, March 5, 2020

March 6, 2020 is Employee Appreciation Day — a day when companies make the extra effort to appreciate all of their employees' contributions!

Did you know that 40% of employed Americans say they'd put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often? Yet, 82% of employed Americans don't feel that their supervisors recognize them enough for their contributions.

Showing appreciation to your employees can be as easy as taking a moment to recognize and thank an employee for a job well done. The key is to be specific and authentic in your praise and do it in real-time — don't wait until a performance review.

If you are looking for some more creative and fun ways to celebrate your employees, check out the 16 ideas below.

  1. Play games. Host a lunchtime trivia contest or scavenger hunt. Set up a puzzle in the break room.
  2. Hand out "swag" bags with company-branded items, coffee gift cards, and other fun items.
  3. Early dismissal. Let employees leave work an hour early this Friday if it works for your company. Or give employees some extra time for lunch.
  4. Have a morning waffle bar or an afternoon sundae bar!
  5. Send out an email to your team. Write one specific and positive thing about each team member and share the email with the company. If you have a large company, break it down by department. Better yet — use personal handwritten notes to say thanks!
  6. Hand out some office plants. A little green may perk up your employees' workspaces.
  7. Take the team out to lunch or bring lunch in!
  8. Have a professional massage therapist come in and give chair massages.
  9. Do some right brain activity with an office painting workshop.
  10. Take a field trip. Bring out the kid in your employees by organizing an office field trip — get outside to a local park and host a picnic or take in an art museum.
  11. Create a shout-out wall where employees can write positive things they have caught their co-workers doing.
  12. Praise your team on social media using your Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social accounts.
  13. Put out a suggestion box for breakroom ideas and really consider the ideas. Do employees want different drinks? Music in the breakroom? A different coffee brand?
  14. Let employees bring their pet to work — of course, this will depend on if you have a pet-friendly work environment and no competing allergies.
  15. Bring in a car wash or car detail team. Depending on the size of your office, you might be able to get everyone's car spruced up while they work.
  16. Host a guest motivational speaker or work on vision boards together.

Go the extra mile for your employees and they might just go the extra mile for you.


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