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.
- Play games. Host a lunchtime trivia contest or scavenger hunt. Set up a puzzle in the break room.
- Hand out "swag" bags with company-branded items, coffee gift cards, and other fun items.
- 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.
- Have a morning waffle bar or an afternoon sundae bar!
- 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!
- Hand out some office plants. A little green may perk up your employees' workspaces.
- Take the team out to lunch or bring lunch in!
- Have a professional massage therapist come in and give chair massages.
- Do some right brain activity with an office painting workshop.
- 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.
- Create a shout-out wall where employees can write positive things they have caught their co-workers doing.
- Praise your team on social media using your Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social accounts.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.