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March 6 is National Employee Appreciation Day

Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:25 am

What are you doing to make sure your employees are engaged, feel appreciated, and want to stay?  Organizations with highly engaged employees realize many benefits, including improved business outcomes, increased employee loyalty, and higher retention.  Employee turnover is costly in terms of time, energy, and money.

March 6 is National Employee Appreciation Day.  Use this opportunity to show employees they are appreciated.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Personal Messages – If you work in a smaller team, take this opportunity to handwrite (as opposed to email or text) a personalized message to let employees know how much they are appreciated, perhaps mentioning a particularly good job they did on a specific project.
  2. Provide Breakfast, Lunch, or Snack – Take employees to breakfast or lunch or have it delivered.  Maybe have the executive team cook!  Or what about a food truck? Have a yogurt bar with fruits and granola in the morning or an ice cream social as an afternoon treat. 
  3. Paid Time Off – Since National Employee Appreciation Day lands on a Friday, consider letting everyone start their weekend early by sending them home after lunch with paid time off.  Or give everyone a half day off to use when they want.
  4. Gift Cards – Gift cards are always appreciated, especially if you give ones that are personalized to each employee.  If you decide to give gift cards, however, be aware that IRS guidelines state that gift cards are not de minimis benefits and must be included in employees’ wages.
  5. Social Media – Use social media to publically recognize your employees, which has the added benefit of increasing your visibility as an appreciative employer. Just be cognizant of those employees who do not like to be in the spotlight or do not want their pictures on social media.
  6. Team-Building Event  Create a list of fun team-building events within your budget and then let your team vote on which activity to do – from mini golf and bowling to organizing a field trip to a local museum or farm, the options are endless.
  7. Wellness – If your team is health conscious, organize a yoga session, go for a hike, or host a healthy cooking class.

Not enough time or money to plan something for March 6?  Not a problem.  National Employee Appreciation Day is not meant to limit organizations to appreciating employees on one day.  Rather, it’s a reminder about the importance of recognizing employees all year to keep them happy and engaged.

Let HEC help you assess and increase employee engagement through our Survey Services and Organizational Effectiveness programs.

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