Did you know that Friday, March 3rd, 2023 is Employee Appreciation Day? 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.
As the employment landscape becomes increasingly difficult to navigate, employers should do what they can to prioritize retention efforts. Employee appreciation day can act as an opportunity to recognize and reward the hard work of your employees. Not only can employee recognition 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.
Giveaways: Giving employees gifts, or small tokens of appreciation, can be a great way to say thank you. These can be as small as promotional items and/or gift cards, or as large as gift baskets or tickets to sporting events, concerts, and festivals.
Office outings: Celebrate your team by taking them out of the office for an activity. Examples include dinners, sporting events, team retreats, escape rooms, local happy hours, volunteer work, team building excursions, and so much more! 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.
Employee recognition: Work with managers to collect specific examples of employee dedication and accomplishments, 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.
Introducing new perks and benefits: Offering top-tier benefits won't just show appreciation, but will help retain your best talent and attract a better talent pool. A typical benefits package includes health, vision, and dental, but larger, corporate-style benefits, such as those found with an HRO partner like SynchronyHR, can also include retirement plans, discounted tickets, pet insurance, telemedicine programs, legal coverage, and so much more!
A simple 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.
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.