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  • 03 March 2023
  • Public Relations

National Employee Appreciation Day: Six Ideas for Recognizing Your Team

National Employee Appreciation Day: Six Ideas for Recognizing Your Team

Recognizing employees for their hard work and contributions has a lasting positive impact on morale and leads to improved employee motivation, greater commitment, and higher productivity. Employee recognition also plays an essential role in building an employer’s reputation with current and potential employees and creates a sense of appreciation that can lead to improved job satisfaction.

Here are six ways to recognize your team's contributions on National Employee Appreciation Day and beyond.

Employees sitting around a table eating lunch for employee appreciation day.
  1. Write a personalized thank-you note to each team member

Personalized notes cost next to nothing but are incredibly impactful. Taking the time to write out individualized notes expressing gratitude to your team members will convey they are important to you and that you recognize their hard work. This small act goes a long way in showing your employees your appreciation, giving them tangible evidence that you value their contributions.

  1. Take the team out to lunch

Breaking bread in a relaxed setting is excellent for team building which will promote better communication and collaboration between colleagues. It's a great opportunity for small businesses to socialize outside the office and have meaningful conversations that can lead to exciting new ideas. If taking your team out to lunch isn’t possible, then order in. Workplace meals improve productivity, wellness, and overall team morale.

  1. Schedule a special company meeting about the team’s accomplishments

Dedicating time and space to acknowledge your team’s accomplishments can make significant and beneficial differences. Hold a gathering and discuss the challenges your employees have faced in meeting a deadline or reaching a goal. Let them know how their achievements have contributed to the company's future, which will help team members feel united, and your company will see more profitability.

  1. Plan an afternoon of fun activities out of the office

Planning an afternoon of fun activities, such as bowling or laser tag, can be an excellent way for small businesses and their employees or team members to come together and bond outside of the office. Whether it’s a group hike, karaoke night, or volunteer activity, getting out of the office as a team will help unite everyone and cultivate a better work environment. Plus, these outings can alleviate the stress that often accompanies a busy work life.

  1. Give each team member a day off with pay

Giving team members time off to rest and recharge is often considered the most valuable gift you can give an employee. Not only will it make them feel appreciated and valued, but it also provides a sense of work-life balance that will make them happier, more productive, and even more valuable to your small business.

  1. Give each team member a small gift

Small gifts of appreciation can be meaningful and make a big difference for small business teams. Whether you choose something simple like a gift card for coffee for everyone on your team or opt to give a different personalized item to each person, it strengthens work relationships, boosts morale, and makes people happier, which will benefit everyone in the long run.

Saying thank you is a small gesture that can greatly impact employee morale and motivation. Whether it’s National Employee Appreciation Day or just a regular Tuesday, make sure you let your team know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. 

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