Saying “thank you” or “great job” to an employee is fine for routine maintenance, but those minor acts of gratitude won’t cut it in the long run. Employee Appreciation Day (coming up on Friday, March 2nd) gives you the chance to make a bigger impression on your team, and we feel it’s also a great jumping-off point for an entire year of appreciation.
On Employee Appreciation Day
Time for deliciousness!
We know how much happier we are after a delicious meal or sweet treat, and your employees feel the same. Bring in gourmet coffee and fresh donuts for breakfast, or have lunch catered. Keep work conversations to a minimum – lunch is their time; you’re just there to make it enjoyable.
Hold an auction.
Hand out fake money and have employees bid on corporate gifts and goodies, like a VIP parking spot, an extra lunch hour, luxury plants for their desk, flex time or time off.
Sprinkle in mini presents.
Dole out unexpected gifts for employees, like restaurant gift cards and coupons for future dress down or sleep in days. Purchase gifts for the entire office, too, like these miniature plant bundles of small, easy-to-care-for succulents, which are accompanied by thank you cards.
Let them choose.
One reward won’t fit all, so if you have enough time to prepare, ask everyone their top three wishes and then plan to make them come true.
Beyond Employee Appreciation Day
Offer special opportunities.
One of the best corporate gifts you can give is the opportunity to grow. If someone has shown interest in a new project, a different department or developing their role, arrange for them to get involved. Maybe they can shadow a colleague for a day or take a continuing education course.
Plan off-site retreats.
Your employees need a break from the office, and having an off-site retreat is the perfect way for everyone to connect in a relaxed, restorative way. Plan a fun workshop for your employees that will inspire them to do better at work.
When an employee mentions something important, like an upcoming event or special occasion, add it to your calendar. Ask them how a doctor’s appointment went, bake them a birthday cake, or give them the day off before vacation so they can pack.
Do you have any out-of-the-box ideas for Employee Appreciation Day? Tell us!