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Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Updated: Mar 3



Friday, March 4th is National Employee Appreciation Day.


This day was created in 1995 as a way of focusing the attention of organizations on employee recognition. It is a reminder to employers to celebrate and find ways to show appreciation.


What better time than National Employee Appreciation Day to show your employees how much they mean to you and your organization?


Showing appreciation to your team is a great way to increase employee engagement and productivity, spark enthusiasm, show employees you value their efforts, and, perhaps most importantly, decrease costly turnover.


Even if the company you work for does not recognize this holiday, you can still take a couple of extra moments to remind your employees and colleagues how much you value and appreciate them. You'd be surprised how far a well-timed, thoughtful and specific word of praise or appreciation can go. And, the good news is that it doesn't have to cost a lot of money (or any) to do it.

Here are some ideas:


1. Look an employee in the eye and thank them for a job well done. Provide as much specific detail as possible and let them know how it ties into the strategic goals of the organization.



2. Send an email thanking someone for their hard work.



3. Write a hand-written note thanking someone for their efforts. This personal touch can go a very long way.



4. Let a colleague from a different department know how much you appreciate their teamwork and collaboration.



5. Create an appreciation bulletin board for your team at the office or on-line.



6. Set aside time in your next meeting to provide recognition or appreciation and invite others to join you.



7. Invest in their success. Provide them with customized coaching or group training.



8. Spend a little extra one-on-one time with members of your team to discuss the impact of their work and their individual aspirations and career goals.



9. Treat your team to lunch. Pizza parties are always a big hit.



10. Give employees some extra time off (even letting them go an hour early can have an impact).



11. Be transparent - if you hold a senior role in your organization, be sure to share what you can as often as you can. Keeping employees in the loop goes a long way towards making them feel valued.



12. Schedule some fun activities outside of work (start a company team, cooking classes, company bowling team, dinner or BBQ, etc.)



13. Start a new company or departmental tradition.



14. Celebrate milestones at the company.



15. Ask them for ideas on what kinds of employee appreciation programs they would like to see.



16. Give them autonomy.



17. Keep the flexibility in working hours or working from home. Focus on what gets done not how, where, or when.



Showing your appreciation to your employees will go a long way in boosting employee engagement, teamwork, productivity and morale. And, it will help you save money by reducing costly employee turnover. I encourage you to give one (or more) of these ideas a try and would love to hear how it goes.



“Empowerment begins when people realize they have a choice.


Janine Friedman, Owner and founder of Choice Training and Coaching Solutions, Inc. is an executive and leadership coach and holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation. She empowers executives to improve their performance, address their challenges, and achieve their goals through customized coaching and training. To learn more about her background click here. To schedule a conversation to discuss these ideas further, click here.

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