Friday, March 6th is the 20th anniversary of Employee Appreciation Day. (Insert applause box here. What? You don't have an applause box? Get one here.)
Bob Nelson, the creator of this holiday, says that appreciation from your managers "should be a daily thing. Not every person every day, but every day a manager should do something for somebody to show appreciation." I think we can all agree that recognition means a lot, especially from those who conduct our annual performance reviews and sign our checks. As we wait for the love/flowers/gift cards/etc to roll in tomorrow, here are some ways you can show your fellow employees that you appreciate them: (managers aren't the only ones who can dole out the compliments)
1. Send your colleague a video. I don't know anyone who can deny the cuteness of kitties. And I definitely don't know anyone who wouldn't appreciate a video full of kitty cuteness to brighten her day and to say thank you for her hard work. I'm sure there are other videos you can send, but go with the kitties in this one; it's a sure bet.
2. Use the iAppreciate app. This app created by O.C. Tanner Co., a leader in human resources consulting, provides with you tools to write notes, send e-cards or create award certificates for your fellow hard-working employees. You can even create a milestone event to celebrate a colleague's contributions, successes or years of service and invite others to attend.
3. Say thank you. When was the last time a fellow employee thanked you for your help or your contributions? Felt good, huh? Pass on that fuzzy feeling to a well-deserving colleague. Maybe someone stayed late to work on a project. Maybe he brought the team donuts last week. Maybe she handled a tough meeting with poise you couldn't dream of having. Saying thank you sure can a long way.
4. Be the one who brings the donuts. Seriously. This is never a bad idea. Be sure to include treats for colleagues with different diets (vegan, gluten-free, etc) as well.
5. Request a meeting with your colleagues and management team about shows of appreciation. Nelson advises management to ask employees what they believe are the best ways to show appreciation and then to "shut up and listen." By brokering that meeting, you can show your fellow employees you care about team morale and show your management team that you take initiative.
6. Collaborate with your human resources department on celebration ideas. Have a great idea for a last minute way to celebrate? Have something you'd like to see implemented for next year? Reach out to human resources and offer your ideas. Be a voice for your fellow employees and they'll appreciate your efforts.
What ideas would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments or on our social media!
By: Susan Gail Taylor, Social Media Manager and Copywriter at RME360