21 Employee appreciation day ideas that work all year long
Employee Appreciation Day occurs on the first Friday of March and was created in 1995 by Bob Nelson — an expert on employee engagement. Due to the influence employee appreciation has on team morale and business success, he dedicated an entire day to it every year. But why the first Friday in March? Because employee turnover is typically highest between December and March.
Showing staff members appreciation has benefits for your entire company, there’s no doubt about it. But don’t take this article too literally and think that one day a year is enough — because it definitely isn’t. You should be recognising your employees’ hard work all year round! Simply saying “thank you” is an act of recognition in itself and at the very least we should all be doing that.
Now, we understand showing appreciation is challenging at times, depending on how your business is structured. This is why we’ve categorised our 21 employee appreciation ideas into three sections that cover high achievers, remote employees, and teams.
In this article we look at:
- Employee appreciation ideas that reward good work
- Employee appreciation ideas for teams
- Employee appreciation ideas for remote workers
- The benefits of employee recognition and appreciation