March is just around the corner and with it comes National Employee Appreciation Day. This year the anticipated day falls on Friday, March 4th, 2022. After a year of unusual work circumstances and unexpected changes (thanks COVID-19), there’s no better time to recognize your employees’ achievements, share gratitude for their hard work, and celebrate the endurance, tenacity, and grit they’ve demonstrated over the last year.
Leaders and managers, are you ready? To help you stay ahead and get creative, we’re sharing best practices to consider and examples from ProService Hawaii’s very own Employee Appreciation Days of years past. Start showing employees how much they truly matter with these tips and ideas.
Whether your employees are in-office, remote, or a little bit of both (hybrid), think of celebration ideas that include everyone. Brainstorm a theme and/or main celebratory attraction and adapt it for various locations or types of workers. For example, one of the ways ProService celebrated Employee Appreciation Day in 2020 was with tasty treats. Employees at our Hawaii Kai headquarters got catered breakfast in the morning and a popcorn and shave-ice pop-up in the afternoon. To include our neighbor island and remote staff, we mailed Hurricane Popcorn kits along with a box of local goodies and a “thank you” card from our HR team.
As you think about your 2022 plans, think about the specific things you can do to engage in-office and remote employees, as well as things you can do as a unified organization to foster thanks and gratitude as a core part of your culture.
Employee Appreciation Day doesn't have to break the bank. Of course, everyone loves fancy offsite celebrations (think spa day, a round of golf, etc.) but let’s face it, not every business has that kind of budget – especially the little guys! Fear not. There are plenty of creative things you can do to celebrate employees for $30 or less. What about no budget? You’re in luck too! Fortunately, there’s no price tag to gratitude. A handwritten thank you card, or personalized email acknowledging an employee’s contributions over the last year can be hugely meaningful.
As you approach Employee Appreciation Day, don’t underestimate the impact of a special message to employees from your CEO or other key leadership figures. While we think it’s always important for workers to hear from those leading the charge, communication is especially important during difficult times, times of change or transition, and growth! Reach out to your leaders in advance and have them craft thoughtful messages about what they appreciate most about their employees. These messages can be written and shared amongst teams. Or, it can be recorded and strung together to create a meaningful video that’s shared with workers on Employee Appreciation Day. If you’re able, watch the video live with your whole company! This is exactly what ProService did last year to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2021. Watch it here!
Employee Appreciation Day doesn't have to be an isolated event. At ProService, we believe gratitude can transform workplaces. We think it is an important practice that should be integrated into daily, weekly, and monthly routines within workplaces. But this culture of gratitude has to begin at the top first and trickle down to employees. Use this upcoming Employee Appreciation Day to rally leaders around gratitude as an employee engagement idea and brainstorm ways both leaders and employees can give kudos to their colleagues and peers on a regular basis.