Showing Your Employees Your Appreciation

footer-590pxFriday, March 6 is Employee Appreciation Day, and it’s a time where a little thought regarding your employees can go a long way in showing your appreciation. As a recent addition to the calendar, Employee Appreciation Day was first celebrated in the mid-1990s.

Since then, recognition of this holiday has come to include gifts like flowers, gift cards, and catered lunches for the staff. Since bosses have their holiday in October, it only makes sense that employees, too, have a chance to share the spotlight.

Sizing Up Your Celebration

As an employer, you can choose to honor employees in almost any way. However, if you’ve never celebrated this holiday before, you might wonder whether a few flowering plants spread around the office is best or if you should try individual gifts.

If your business has just a few employees, and you’ve known them for what seems like forever, you may consider gifting each with a gift card to his or her favorite restaurant. Potted plants to brighten an employee’s desk are also a nice token on Employee Appreciation Day.

For companies with several employees where you may have different departments and managers, you may want to design gifts where each department manager handles the celebration for their team. A small group lunch at a local restaurant is a cheerful way to celebrate the holiday.

Groovy Cube

Groovy Cube

Veteran and New Employees

If your business has operated for many years, you may have people on staff that you’ve known for many years while other employees might be new additions to the organization.

How do you choose gifts that appropriately honor the time and dedication of your veteran employees while also thanking the new members of your company? One easy option is to choose similar gifts for your employees while writing a personal note to each employee.

For example, you might choose a modern flower arrangement like a cube of gerbera daisies and lilies and include notes addressed directly to each employee with the arrangement. A beautiful and festive way to thank your employees for their dedication.

Employee Appreciation Day is the perfect time to show employees that you care with a simple token of thanks. As we get closer to spring and the sunny days of summer, an office filled with flowers from your local florist is a terrific way to bring simple enjoyment to your staff.