- Take a moment to tell your employee face-to-face that they are an awesome member of your team and contribute positively to team spirit and goals!
- Rather write it down? How about scribbling your heart-felt thanks onto cards or post-it notes and peppering them around your team’s workspace?
- Or, embrace technology and send an email with free e-praise!
- Stuck on what to say? Check out our sample messages for great scripted praise!
#2 Give something- Give something large or small as a keepsake and remembrance of this fun and important day! The products below are all unique and focused on recognizing your employees greatness!
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#3 Make the day memorable- The name is in the title. This is employee appreciation day and while we should make it a point to appreciate our employees everyday, this is the one day where as a company or organization, you can pull out all the stops. Send out a survey of everyone's favorite foods and bring in the tasty results. Encourage your employees to take a break from work for a couple of hours for a dance party! You could also shut down the offices early and put your out of office up so clients and customers know that you are taking the time to truly appreciate your staff.
- Ask your employees how they wish to be recognized- While a large gathering, with parties, music and public recognition and appreciation is great for some not everyone is comfortable with those public displays of appreciation. Give all of you employees a voice by gathering their feedback. This will ensure your appreciation efforts hit the mark.
- Lean into the power of the personalization: A hand-written and personal note from your employee’s direct supervisor will make a huge impact. Try your best to keep notes personal to each team member and your efforts will be received with a round of applause!
- Overall, make a day of it: Start off your morning (or shift) on Employee Appreciation Day with a surprise for your team members, but don’t stop there… little surprises and events throughout the day, keep them engaged, feeling appreciated, and carry the mood beyond the first few minutes of their day. Keep it lighthearted and fun and your employees will leave their day with a smile on their face and a memory that will stick with them!