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9 ways to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day is a great opportunity for organizations to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and achievements of their employees. It’s not just about a single day of recognition but fostering a culture of appreciation and respect year-round. Here are some ideas on how your organization can celebrate Employee...

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Employee Appreciation Day is a great opportunity for organizations to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and achievements of their employees.

It’s not just about a single day of recognition but fostering a culture of appreciation and respect year-round.

Here are some ideas on how your organization can celebrate Employee Appreciation Day, ensuring your team feels valued and motivated. We’ll also highlight how leveraging your organization’s intranet can enhance these celebrations, turning appreciation into an integrated part of your company culture.

1. Personalized thank you notes

Nothing beats the personal touch of a handwritten thank you note. Managers can write personalized messages to each team member, expressing genuine appreciation for their unique contributions. Sharing these notes on the Employee Appreciation Day can create a lasting impact.

Feature these heartfelt thank you notes on your organization’s intranet, allowing employees to share in the joy and recognition of their colleagues.

2. Professional development opportunities

Offering workshops, courses, or seminars as a token of appreciation not only rewards employees but also invests in their future. Highlight upcoming opportunities on the intranet, making it easy for employees to sign up and further their career growth.

Encourage staff to share back what they’ve learned in courses in a live presentation or a summary doc, and then these can be saved and shared via the intranet.

3. Team building activities

Organize team-building exercises that encourage collaboration and fun. Whether it’s an escape room, a cooking class, or a virtual game day, such activities can significantly boost morale and drive employee engagement.

Use the intranet to organize sign-ups, share event details, and post photos or videos afterward to keep the positive vibes flowing.

4. Public recognition

Celebrate achievements by acknowledging individual or team successes in a public forum. This could be during a company meeting, through a newsletter, or through shout outs on the intranet’s homepage.

5. Surprises and gifts

Surprise your employees with gifts such as company swag, books, or even gift cards. Personalize these gifts to reflect the employee’s interests or achievements.

Prior to the event, use intranet polls to find out employees’ preferences, ensuring the gifts are well-received.

6. Extra time off

Offering additional paid time off is a powerful way to show appreciation. It acknowledges their hard work and gives them time to recharge.

7. Health and wellness programs

Introduce or highlight existing health and wellness programs on Employee Appreciation Day. This could include free yoga classes, meditation sessions, or wellness workshops available through the intranet.

8. Volunteer day

Organize a day for team volunteering. It’s a great way to bond, give back to the community, and show that the company values social responsibility.

Use the intranet to manage volunteer opportunities, allowing employees to choose a cause they are passionate about.

9. Office decor upgrade

Involve employees in choosing new decor or improvements for the office. This can make the workplace more enjoyable and show that their comfort matters.

Host a voting session on the intranet for employees to select new office features or themes.

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