The first Friday of every March is Employee Appreciation Day! And, this year, we thought we’d stress the importance of not only having employees, but appreciating them for their work and what they do. We always say the backbone to businesses is their bookkeeping, but just after that is their team. Below are some ways to extend the appreciation to your employees on the regular…
Don’t forget to give kudos.
We all like to hear we did a job well done. Kind words and acknowledgement of your employees’ hard work, time, and effort can go a long way. If you don’t voice it, they will never for certain that you appreciate their work. The day-by-day can get chaotic and busy, but don’t forget to stop and give some kudos every once in a while.
Spotlight one employee each month.
Pick one employee every month and spotlight them on your website and social media! Let your clients, customers, followers, and public know who your team is, what they do, and why they matter. Don’t underestimate the power of a good “getting to know you” spotlight on each employee. They’ll appreciate the recognition, and your customers and clients will feel more connected.
Offer supportive benefits.
The ultimate way to appreciate your employees is to offer them benefits that will support them on the day-to-day. If you are financially able to make it happen, you should. Offering mental health days, personal days, and vacation time should also be considered. This shows your employees that their needs are being acknowledged and supported.
Replace in-office parties with giveaways.
Being that many offices have chosen the remote, work-from-home route, parties aren’t an option anymore. Replace those with employee giveaways, raffles, or incentive-based challenges. This could include gift cards, buying an employee coffee for a week, buying lunch for the day, giving away company apparel, or more. Think outside the box to keep your employees engaged and feeling appreciated.
Acknowledge birthdays and anniversaries.
Celebrate the birthdays and work anniversaries! These unique days are significant and important to each individual employee.
Keep communication open.
Consider an open door policy so your employee feels comfortable and welcome in your office to talk work or other issues when they arise. Keeping communication open and letting them know you’re available to them may seem small, but it lets your employees know they’re not alone.