St. Patrick's Day aside, March marks a very important annual event in organizations across the country - Employee Appreciation Day! Celebrated the first Friday in March, Employee Appreciation Day 2014 serves as an important reminder that nobody succeeds alone, we all have others that contribute to our individual and team accomplishments throughout our lives.
I know what you are thinking Mr. and Mrs. Supervisor - I am sooooo busy - I am already so bogged down in the day-to-day tasks of work life and now you're asking me to remember something else? Isn't it enough that we had birthday cake last July? Actually - it's really not.
In the grand scheme of things, offering a generic thank you to everyone one day out of the year is not what it's all about. The actual end goal is to use Employee Appreciation Day as a catalyst in making recognition a part of your ongoing practices. Start small, encourage managers of all levels to support their employees and show appreciation, fine tune what works (and what doesn't work) and make incremental improvements over time.
Don't know where to begin? It's actually easier - and more common sense - than you may think.
Take a look at some of these resources to get started:
- OC Tanner Appreciation Checklist - O.C. Tanner is an industry leader in developing employee recognition and rewards programs that help companies appreciate people who do great work. Check out their infographic below and print out their Appreciation Best Practices.
- Staffing Plus' Take on Recognition - While known primarily for our staffing expertise, we've also been known to make a mean infographic ourselves. The Top 10 Employee Gifts From Their Boss and Recognition - What Have You Said to Them Lately are two favorites on the topic of recognition.
- 1501 Ways to Reward Employees - Need something a bit more unique and creative, try by Bob Nelson's 1501 Ways to Reward Employees for a lengthy list of low-and no-cost rewards and strategies used by thousands of companies from all corners of the globe.
Have you used or seen any memorable methdos of expressing recognition or appreciation? Share them below in the Comment Section.