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National Employee Appreciation Day 2024

National Employee Appreciation Day is on the 1st March is a special day to show those who are a major part of your business how important they are. Do you know the importance of showing appreciation to your employees? Are you not sure how you can show employees your appreciation? Below is some notes, tips, and ideas on making sure you make the most of National Employee Appreciation Day.
By Deia White,

National Employee Appreciation Day is on the 1st March is a special day to show those who are a major part of your business how important they are. Do you know the importance of showing appreciation to your employees? Are you not sure how you can show employees your appreciation? Below is some notes, tips, and ideas on making sure you make the most of National Employee Appreciation Day.

Why is National Employee Appreciation Day important?

The importance of appreciating your employees comes in a variety of ways. These are some of the reasons you should be appreciating your employees.

  • By recognising employees for their hard work and contributions can significantly boost morale. Feeling valued and appreciated can increase job satisfaction and motivation to do be the best versions of themselves, in work and outside work.

     

  • By engaging with employees, they are more likely to be engaged in their work. Engaged employees tend to be more productive, creative, and committed to their organisation's goals.

     

  • Appreciating your employees can help in retaining top talent. Employees who feel valued are less likely to seek job opportunities elsewhere and want to stay committed to their current role.

     

  • Employee appreciation fosters a positive work culture where recognition and acknowledgment are part of the organisational norms. This creates a supportive and encouraging environments for all employees.

     

  • Recognising employees' efforts and achievements can strengthen relationships between employees and their managers or colleagues. It promotes a sense of camaraderie and teamwork within the workplace.

 

Stuck for ideas on how to appreciate your employees? We have listed below some great recommendations on what you can do as an employer!

  • You can implement a recognition program annually where employees are acknowledged for their achievements, whether it's through awards, certificates, or public praise in a fun team meeting.

     

  • Personalised Thank You Notes - Take the time to write personalised thank-you notes to each employee, highlighting specific contributions they've made throughout the year.

     

  • Offer flexible work arrangements or additional time off as a gesture of appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

     

  • Invest in your employees' growth by providing opportunities for training, workshops, or conferences that align with their career goals and interests.

     

  • Organise a special event or activity, such as team lunch, outings, or themed party, to show gratitude and foster a great team culture among your team.

     

  • Prioritise employee well-being by offering wellness initiatives, such as yoga classes, meditation sessions, or access to mental health resources. Why not find out even more about employee wellness by joining one of our Wellness in the Workplace sessions, find out more here: https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/events/allevents

     

  • Use platforms such as social media to publicly acknowledge your team and their accomplishments, contributions and even special characters that are so important to you and the business!