How To Celebrate an Employee Appreciation Day

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March 9 is Employee Appreciation Day. It may not occupy a space on your calendar as large as Christmas or the Fourth of July, but it gives you an excellent chance to recognize your employees at little cost.

Personally thank each of your employees for their contributions. You could do this verbally; however, you might have a bigger impact if you wrote thank you notes to each and every one of them, making sure they are personal with specifics of why you are thankful for that specific employee. If you don't have time to do this, enlist your managers to help.

Bring in coffee, donuts,= and fruit for breakfast. Most employees LOVE to get special treats and if you bring them in the morning, it just starts the day off right. If you have employees with special dietary needs, make sure to include them by bringing something they can have too.

Create unique award certificates. For example, give out awards for best smile, most upbeat, perfect attendance, go-to person, etc. Develop your own categories that are unique to your business.

Give each employee a small gift. It doesn't have to be much. What means the most is that you do it for each employee and match the sayings with their personalities.

If you are able to do so, let everyone go home early for the day (with pay).

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sincere with whatever you choose to do.
  • Don't go overboard, otherwise your employees will expect it every year.

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