Employee Appreciation Day won’t be coming around until the first Friday in March in 2020, but your employees are working hard for you right now and during the rest of the year. You don’t have to wait for that one day to show your employees you’re grateful for their contribution to the organization’s success.
Sometimes you don’t think about showing appreciation or recognition with everything else that’s happening in your busy workplace. But it’s vital to reward workers for a job well done. The recognition makes them feel as if their work matters. There are also benefits for the company since showing appreciation can boost employee morale, which in turn increases production.
Here are some ideas that are simple and affordable, yet they will pay dividends by raising the spirits of all your workers:
- Bring in the ice cream truck: On a hot summer day, use the afternoon break to treat everyone to a cone of ice cream or a dish of Italian ice.
- Throw a surprise pizza party with several boxes delivered for lunch.
- Initiate an Employee-of-the-Month program with nominations coming from co-workers.
- Allow your office to leave early on the day before a holiday weekend. It’s an inexpensive way to extend their long weekend and build morale.
- Hand out gift cards to the local coffee shop after finishing a rush job. There’s nothing quite like saying thank you with a caramel latte! Even if it’s just a $10 card, it will make someone’s day.
- Make plans for a company happy hour or dinner. Pay as much of the bill as you can, and your team will have fun getting together to socialize.
- Consider allowing employees to have flexible schedules within limits. It’s the perfect way to show you care about their work/life balance and appreciate what they do for you.
- Celebrate when one of your people achieves a big milestone–the birth of a child or finishing a triathlon.
- Celebrate smaller milestones like birthdays. Get all the co-workers to sign a card and provide some cupcakes at breaktime.
- Start an employee appreciation program. There are many ways to run it, but it could include a system that gives points, which they can use for small rewards such as leaving early.
- Call out small accomplishments during a meeting, through an email to the company, or some other creative way.
There are countless ways, limited only by your imagination, to say “thank you” to those who are responsible for the success of your business. It’s not as important how you show your appreciation as it is to remember to do it.
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