IN HONOR OF EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH WE THOUGHT WE'D ROUNDUP 7 AWESOME WAYS YOU CAN SHOW YOUR EMPLOYEES JUST HOW MUCH YOU VALUE THEM EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR!
1. Make Someone’s Day with a Coffee Date
Reach out to a colleague in a more junior level position and invite them for a one-on-one coffee or lunch date. Not only is it nice to connect outside your office space, but getting to know someone on a personal level can make them feel like their emotional needs are being met while at work. It’s also a great way to check up on their progress on projects or have a mini-brainstorm session, as well as be able to both give and receive feedback from them.
2. Write a Thank You Note
If an employee goes above and beyond your expectations, or finds a solution to a problem facing your business, acknowledge their actions with a written card. Although an email may be quicker and more convenient, nothing is more personal than a note in your own handwriting. An employee who walks into the office in the morning to find a note on their desk will likely experience a boost in confidence and then continue to spread positive vibes to those around them.
3. Have a Corporate Field Trip
Who says field trips have to end in elementary school? Reward your employees by taking them on an excursion outside the office. A trip to an art museum will not only provide a dose of culture, but could get some creative juices flowing, while a quick city escape to a state park or hiking trail will get employees’ endorphins pumping. Whatever activity you choose, it’s sure to provide a great bonding experience for your team, while making them feel valued and taken care of.
4. Send Out Motivational Emails
Send out weekly blasts to your employees to inspire, update, and praise them. An email containing motivational content at the beginning of the week is a great way to set goals and get your employees excited about the projects ahead. Send a recap at the end of the week that highlights your team’s successes and progress. Emphasizing the entire team’s contribution will make everyone feel appreciated.
5. Celebrate Milestones
What better reason for celebration than an employee’s birthday or work anniversary? If you have a larger team, host a monthly gathering where every employee who has a milestone in that month is given a small shout-out. Acknowledging achievements or events in their personal lives will make them feel special and respected. Not to mention it’s a great way to round up your team for any informal updates or announcements you want to share.
6. Organize Potluck Lunches
Wish you could have catered lunches but don’t have the budget for it? There are lots of creative ways you can reward employees with great food without breaking the bank. Having employee potlucks every few weeks is a fun way to treat your employees to great lunch. Have everyone bring in a dish they love and can prepare easily to share with the whole office. This sort of social activity can build or reinforce a company culture in which your employees feel comfortable and well entertained.
7. Host Wellness-Related Activities
It’s no secret that focusing on employee well-being has tons benefits that can ripple through the company. Reduced stress levels, improved productivity and boosted moods are just a few of the positive changes your employees might experience with introduction of wellness related events. Having on-site weekly yoga, meditation or massages will show your employees that their wellbeing is a top priority. The best news? Organizing a class has never been easier — get started with Exubrancy today!