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Happy Employee Appreciation Day

Happy Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day offers a unique opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our teams. Having led Employee Appreciation Day initiatives when I used to work for California State, I've seen firsthand the positive impact of genuinely celebrating our workforce. It wasn't just another day at the office; it was a day filled with joy, camaraderie, and recognition. With employees now being both remote, in the office or somewhere in between (I wrote this article while waiting to get my cars tires rotated)  Here are five impactful ways to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day that can leave a lasting impression on your team:

Break Bread Together

Nothing says "thank you" quite like an assortment of good food. Whether it's a nice lunch, a wonderful breakfast, or even a food truck fiesta, providing a meal for your team is a gesture that universally resonates. For remote members of the team, you can use food delivery apps to make it special just be sure to ensure you understand everyones dietary restrictions and it is not a surprise. In the past I have emailed out gift cards for popular food delivery apps that way everyone can choose and then had our lunch in the conference room. It's not just about the food; it's about breaking bread together, sharing stories, and enjoying a moment of relaxation. This communal experience fosters a sense of belonging and appreciation across the team. People love food, just be sure to be inclusive so everyone feels welcome.

Engage in Team-Building Games or Contests

Games and team-building exercises aren't just fun; they're a conduit for strengthening relationships and fostering team spirit. From escape rooms (virtual or physical) to trivia contests about your company, team members or industry, these activities can boost morale and encourage collaboration. They also offer a break from the daily routine, allowing creativity and laughter to flow freely. We used to play a online name guessing game with our entire team since we had about 120 people and the team loved it. 

Contests can add an element of excitement and friendly competition to Employee Appreciation Day. Whether it's a talent show, a creative project related to your business, or a sustainability challenge, contests with meaningful rewards can significantly enhance engagement. Prizes could range from extra vacation days, donations made in the winner's name to their charity of choice or the worlds coolest Mute button (hint hint). These rewards not only celebrate achievements but also align with personal and professional values. Just be sure to make it fair between the participants. We would host a meeting at the end of the day with a cheesy/funny awards ceremony.

Flexible Work

Flexibility as a Token of Appreciation: Flexibility is highly valued by almost all employees. Offering remote workdays for on-site staff or more flexible scheduling for remote workers can be an excellent way to show appreciation. This recognizes the importance of work-life balance and trusts in their ability to manage their workload effectively.

Listening and Acting on Feedback

Perhaps one of the most powerful forms of appreciation is actively listening to employees' ideas and concerns—and then acting on that feedback. This demonstrates respect for their opinions and a commitment to continuous improvement. We used to highlight great ideas and how they were implemented over the last year as both a way to highlight the team members and also to encourage new ideas.

Personalized Appreciation Notes and Gifts

In the digital age, a personal or handwritten note can make a big impact. Taking the time to write personalized appreciation notes to each team member can deeply convey your gratitude. Just be sure to mail them out in time for remote employees. Highlight specific achievements or qualities that you value in them. This personal touch can make anyone feel truly seen and valued, fostering a culture of recognition and respect. This is also a great time to gift some company perks or swag, something that connects them back to the workplace (once again maybe a custom engraved MuteMe lol)

Professional Growth Opportunities and Feedback

Investing in your employees' growth is a powerful way to show appreciation. Offering workshops, courses, or seminars on Employee Appreciation Day can demonstrate your commitment to their development and career progression. Whether it's leadership training, technical skills enhancement, or soft skills improvement, these learning opportunities can empower your team and contribute to their professional journey. This can also be a day when other positive developments are announced. 


Employee Appreciation Day is more than just a date on the calendar; it's an opportunity to make a lasting impact on your team's morale and job satisfaction. By incorporating any of these or others, you can create a memorable experience that celebrates and uplifts every member of your team. Remember, the key to a successful Employee Appreciation Day lies in genuine, thoughtful gestures that resonate with your unique workforce. Let's make appreciation a cornerstone of our workplace culture, not just on Employee Appreciation Day, but every day.