5 Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day at Your Office

Cord Himelstein

Employee Appreciation Day is Friday, March 2, and it is a great day to honor the efforts of a company’s workforce in creating the success of an organization.

To that end, Cord Himelstein, vice president of marketing and communications for employee recognition, rewards and incentive provider HALO, put together a few tips for celebrating Employee Appreciation Day on the day as well as throughout the year.

Offer employees a gift or handwritten card: Gifts and cards are always a welcome addition to any employee-focused celebration, but most importantly they should be personal, unique and impactful and tailored to an employee’s personality and/or lifestyle. Handwritten notes go a long way in showing employees how valuable they are to an organization.

Provide food: Food is the ideal equalizer, but companies don’t have to limit it to ordering lunch. They can organize a potluck, arrange for a food truck, host a company picnic or take employees to a local restaurant on Employee Appreciation Day.

Pick a charity and donate: Charitable projects bring everyone together in the spirit of giving. Organizations can partner with a local charity that resonates with the team by participating in a run or walk or organizing a clothing or food drive or other fundraising event.

Involve senior leadership: Employees love to see upper management connect to their level. Arranging for senior leaders to be involved in Employee Appreciation Day celebrations is a great way to strengthen bonds within the organization.

Don’t forget to recognize virtual employees: Some employees might be working in different locations, so plan celebrations to ensure everyone can participate.

Karen Dybis

Karen is an editor and writer for Corp! Magazine. She graduated from the University of Michigan and has worked at The Mackinac Island Town Crier, The Kalamazoo Gazette, The (Adrian) Daily Telegram and The Oakland Press. Karen was a Detroit News business writer with stints in retail, workplace issues and personal finance. Dybis also was a blogger on Time magazine's "Assignment: Detroit" project. She is author of four Michigan history books, including "Secret Detroit" and "The Witch of Delray."