What started as a simple way to remind employers to thank their employees for good work has since grown to become Employee Appreciation Day, a day for business owners, leaders, and managers to celebrate and thank their employees.
Employee Appreciation Day 2022 takes place on March 4th, a time in which many employers are still dealing with the continued increase in resignations often referred to as the “great resignation” or “big quit.” Now more than ever, employers should be prioritizing employee appreciation, and working with management to continuously recognize and reward their hard work. Not only can this behavior strengthen your internal culture and build stronger teams, but it can also combat potential retention issues.
So, join the SynchronyHR team, and countless other businesses, in celebrating Employee Appreciation Day! Here are a few ideas on how to reward employees for their hard work and make them feel appreciated within your organization.
Say thank you
While a simple thank you does not seem like a big deal, a personal expression of gratitude can often go a long way. Encourage all leaders and managers to thank their teams throughout the day. Perhaps the CEO and other executives can create a video that is shared throughout the organization, thanking all employees and sharing examples of how the team’s hard work has helped the organization grow. Managers can show their thanks in a group setting, where specific examples of gratitude can be shared with their team, or through a handwritten card or note.
Work with managers to collect specific examples of employee dedication and kindness and share these stories throughout the organization. This can be in the form of a company-wide email, messages within a business communication platform, or even physical posters displayed throughout the workplace.
Take the celebration offsite
Spending time with employees outside of the office not only provides a break from work activities, but can often help managers and executives get to know their staff on a more personal level. Not only that, but employees also have an opportunity to bond and become closer, creating a positive work environment. That said, take the Employee Appreciation Day celebration to a unique location, and thank employees at a team building activity, sports game, class, dinner, happy hour, or retreat. Remote employees can be provided gift cards to create a fun experience of their own.
No matter how you decide to thank your employees, be sure that they feel appreciated not just on Employee Appreciation Day, but every day. If you are looking for new ideas on how to incentivize employees, contact SynchronyHR today. As a human resources outsourcing organization, we can help you enhance your culture.