don’t make these mistakes on employee appreciation day
By ana bentz in Appreciation, Culture, and Engagement
It’s the time of year to celebrate employees for all they are and all they do to make your company great. Employee Appreciation Day is this Friday, March 2nd and you may be worried about what to do. Expressing just how much your employees mean to you and all the great work they do can be a daunting task, especially with all the different personalities and talents that make up your team. Read ahead for mistakes to avoid this Employee Appreciation Day, and every day:
1 – Missing it. This one is a no brainer, but we’ve all been there. Don’t get caught realizing it’s Employee Appreciation Day the moment you step into the office that morning. Mark your calendar and set a reminder for the day before and that morning so you don’t forget! If you are planning on doing something special in advanced, like bringing in treats or going to lunch, pick them up the night before or make reservations at a restaurant ahead of time. Being prepared will show that you have been thinking about celebrating them for quite some time.
2 – Making it generic: Never underestimate the power of a personalized note, email, or gesture. Make sure and point out specific achievements that made a difference. From individuals to entire teams, they will remember the day they felt appreciated.
*Need a place to start? Send eCards for a fun twist on a traditional thank you.
3 – Leaving someone out. Save yourself the avoidable guilt and remember your remote or out of office employees. Because they are out of sight, it is especially important to let them know you are thinking about them on this day. Share the love by conferencing them in during a recognition moment or send something special their way.
4 – Ignoring your employees’ preferences. Know what makes your employees comfortable and uncomfortable. You never want to embarrass anyone by making them stand in front of a crowd or group if they would rather something more intimate. Remember, this day is about If they aren’t having fun, they will remember it. Check in with your employees to see how they would prefer to be celebrated or what their ideal recognition moment would be.
5 – Forgetting the fun. Most importantly, make it fun! Your employees do great work and cheer each other on every single day – give it back to them and make it a memorable and fun day for everyone.
Making your employees feel appreciated shouldn’t be one day a year, but year round. Check out our appreciation calendar for daily recognition tips so you won’t make these or other mistakes as you celebrate your people.
Happy Employee Appreciation Day!