Every March, we celebrate Employee Appreciation Day on the first Friday. This year it will fall on Friday, March 3, 2023. Throughout the world, employers celebrate Employee Appreciation Day by showing appreciation to their employees. This can be done in several ways. Below are examples to show your employees that you genuinely value them.
1. Have a Volunteer Day
Bring your employees to volunteer at a local food pantry, humane society, hospital, etc. Not sure what your employees would like to do best? Send out a survey beforehand with options to see what interests people most. Taking part in volunteer work with your coworkers can create great memories as well as benefit your community.
2. Cater Lunch
Providing lunch for your employees is a great way to express your appreciation. Good food is something everyone enjoys, right? There are countless options for keeping it casual, including ordering pizza or a buffet. Not only does catering lunch show your appreciation to your employees, but it is also an excellent opportunity to get to know new colleagues and socialize.
3. Offer a Half-day
Offer your employees a half-day on Employee Appreciation Day. Let them enjoy the rest of their afternoon to rest, recharge, or engage in other weekend plans. In addition to getting a head start on weekend activities, employees will significantly appreciate this from their employers.
4. Partake in Activities
Get the office together to enjoy exciting activities outside of work. Some fun activities include bowling, golfing, escape rooms, axe throwing, and more. These activities are a fantastic way to enjoy time off with colleagues. Host one of these fun events to show your appreciation to your employees.
5. Have a Happy Hour
A team happy hour is another excellent opportunity for employees to socialize and learn more about their colleagues. Happy hours provide a relaxed atmosphere that should be held a little before the work day, so those with after-hour activities and responsibilities can still attend. Happy hours can be hosted at a local bar and grill or your very own break room.
Why is Employee Appreciation Day Important?
Employee appreciation day is important to show your employees how much you value them. A little bit of recognition and motivation can go a long way. Acts of appreciation can also translate into more business benefits for the entire company. Let us know how you’d like your company to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day; leave a comment below!