Employee Appreciation Day Ideas
With this year’s Employee Appreciation Day fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to show your employees that you care.
In fact, showing your staff more appreciation is probably more crucial than you might think. Certainly, there are plenty of statistics to support this:
- 49% of staff would feel more loyal towards their employer if they felt truly valued by them
- 62% of UK workers do not believe they are valued at work
- 66% of employees said they would be likely to leave their job if they didn’t feel appreciated
From keeping your employees engaged and more productive, to increasing their staff loyalty and retention. There are many benefits to be gained by showing your staff more appreciation.
Taking time out to listen to your workforce, getting their feedback through employee surveys and then acting on what they would like to see is also a vital part of this and should be at the core of your engagement strategy.
However, if you’re not already doing enough to show staff you care, doing something for Employee Appreciation Day, is a quick and effective way to get things moving in the right direction.
6 fun ways to show staff you care
If you’re looking to do something for Employee Appreciation Day, but haven’t had a chance to think about anything yet, here are some ideas of how you might celebrate this special day with your staff this year:
Longer term initiatives to show staff appreciation
When it comes to thanking staff for their work contributions, Employee Appreciation Day, is a great place to start. However, if you’re to make the greatest difference to how they feel and keep them motivated and engaged, you need to think about bringing in some longer-term initiatives that will demonstrate how seriously you value their hard work and efforts.
Here are some ideas to think about:
Try to build appreciation into your everyday
Probably one of the simplest, but most effective ways to make staff feel good is to simply thank them when they’ve done a good job. Although, this is not a new concept, how many of us actually consistently recognise our colleagues in this way?
Whether it’s praising employees in team chats and team meetings or recognising their work anniversary and writing them thank-you notes. Whatever it is you can do to show your appreciation, building these small acts into your company culture, can go a long way towards maintaining a happy, engaged and motivated workforce.
Prioritise learning and development opportunities
To help keep them motivated most employees want their work to be as interesting as possible and challenge them in new ways.
Subsequently, if you’re able to cultivate a ‘Culture of Learning’ within your organisation, by offering lunchtime talks, access to online courses, allowances to gain new qualifications and greater collaboration and learning among teams, your staff will feel more motivated fulfilled.
Provide more perks and rewards
From a day off on your birthday and discounts on gym membership, to a quarterly bonus and profit sharing in your company. Everyone is motivated by perks and rewards. And when they know they’ll be rewarded for doing a great job, they’ll be even more driven to perform consistently well in everything they do.
Consequently, anything you can look to bring in to better incentivise and motivate employees will be hugely beneficial.
Offer more work flexibility
Following the Covid pandemic, about three-quarters of the UK workforce said they were looking for more flexibility in the way that they work.
So, if you can give your staff more autonomy over where and how they work, you’ll not only demonstrate your appreciation for what they already do, but also your trust in them to continue to perform effectively in their roles, irrespective of where they may be working from.
Deliver better employee experiences
The quality of experiences you deliver for your staff can have a major impact on their engagement, motivation and overall levels contentment.
Whether it’s delivering great onboarding and training experiences to investing in a staff wellbeing programme. Whatever, initiatives you’ve put in place to improve your employee experiences, it’s vital to ensure they’re consistent throughout an employee’s journey, from the time they join you to their ongoing development, retention and final company exit. And the best way to check this is to survey your staff for their feedback.
Using surveys to strengthen your staff relationships
Taking time out to recognise and thank employees for their contributions and effort is important. However, a more powerful way to strengthen your relationship with staff, is to listen to them, and ensure their voices are always heard. This is where the value of regularly surveying employees for their thoughts and opinions can be hugely beneficial.
From their motivation and engagement levels to their job satisfaction and willingness to recommend you as a good place to work to others through the employee net promoter score. There’s a wide range of employee surveys and metrics you can use to get to the heart of how your staff are feeling and provide the insight you need to make the positive changes that will re-energise and re-engage your workforce. If you can do this, your business should go from strength to strength.