Every year on the first Friday of March, companies around the world stop to celebrate the livelihood of their operations – their employees! Celebrating and appreciating the folks that keep your company running and in the black day-after-day doesn't have to put you in the red!
Here are 5 low-cost and no-cost ways to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day:
1. Take a Movie Break! Schedule groups in your conference room and offer popcorn and theater candy to your attendees. Dim the lights and play a few of PIXAR's short films for 10-15 minutes of relaxation, laughs, and treats as a team.
2. Share a Hug, Handshake, or High Five. Whatever is appropriate for your workplace, take 3 minutes with each member of your staff to let them know why you appreciate what they bring to your organization every day, and send them off with a hug, handshake, or high five. Your sincere words of appreciation are so powerful and completely FREE!
3. Let the Games Begin! Bring in your favorite card and board games. Set up a tournament, play during scheduled breaks, or set aside a time to unite as a team and have some fun. A little healthy competition is always a great way to get your team engaged and lighten the mood.
4. Take Part in Tea Time! Host an English Tea Time Themed Appreciation Day. Encourage everyone to wear their argyle and sit down to afternoon tea and crumpets together as a team. Prepare a few words of appreciation for your team before the event and share your message with them over tea!
5. Celebrate March Madness! Get a jump start on your brackets and create an office-wide bracket-style cornhole tournament. It will take just a few minutes of your staff's time to participate, but they'll be interested in the results and the standings all day.
Check out our Employee Appreciation Day Pinterest Board for many more low-cost and no-cost ways to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day, or read 10 Last Minute Employee Appreciation Day Ideas for more tips!
As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!