Employee Appreciation Day
We simply can’t help it. As humans, we love achievements. We love seeing people win and be a part of the celebrations of great achievement. Remember, when my beloved Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for his role in “The Revenant“. Oh I celebrated BIG TIME!! I got a huge cake with his name and mine on it, snacks and juices and wrote a verrrryy long speech. I’ll upload the picture for you if I found it. Or when Adele won 8 Grammy’s or when Desmond Thomas Doss received the Medal of Honor for actions above and beyond the call of duty. He is also the only conscientious objector to receive the medal during World War II; where the movie Hacksaw Ridge was made in his memory. Or even trophies, medals, statues, monuments, and buildings and bridges named after people who have accomplished great things. WE JUST LOVE SEEING PEOPLE GET RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS. But let’s talk business. In any business the manager a.k.a. “The Leader” has to properly take care of the business and guarantee it’s on the right track to success. Indeed, a leader cannot do that all alone. And since customers are the most valuable part of the business as they usually make the company’s reputation since they’re the ones who use your services and products, and eventually make your company successful, elite employees should handle them in the most appropriate manner. Employees are the link between the company and success and this is why they deserve an Employee Appreciation Day. Employee Appreciation Day It is a day for companies to thank their employees for their hard work and effort they’ve done throughout the year. Employee Appreciation day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bonds between employer and employee.
The first Employee Appreciation Day was in March the first in 1995, one of Recognition Professionals International’s founding Board members, Bob Nelson, together with his publishing company, created Employee Appreciation Day as a way of focusing the attention of all employers, in all industries on employee recognition. It is an observance however, and not a public holiday.
Sometimes, employers overlook the fact that employees are some of the most important assets any company can possess. They take for granted all the things employees do which actually is the cause of the company’s success. Whether employees are part of a manufacturing facility, or merely work the phone all day handling billing and customer complaints, a business could not function without them. Just like the old saying says: “An office can operate without a boss for a day, but not without a receptionist”, and that certainly stands as a clear reminder of all that our employees do, and just how important they can be to our businesses.
Employee Appreciation Day is all about taking the time to get to know the employees more, and show them that they’re really appreciated. Indeed, celebrating this day differs from one country to another. Companies often celebrate by offering gifts, events or special recognition etc. My husband, who lives in Germany, got an IKEA voucher on Employee Appreciation Day. In the USA, they usually gather for lunch or something like that. However, since it’s an observance, don’t expect a day off, chances are, it just won’t happen! 😀
Employee Appreciation day is merely made to make sure that the most valuable assets of the company are recognized and appreciated, which in most cases is reflected on the company’s bottom line because employees are motivated to improve their performance. Many studies show that recognition and appreciation are growing in importance as drivers of employee happiness and engagement. This has resulted in more using the day to thank their employees to improve their performance and productivity since it’s been proven that expressing employee appreciation increases employee job satisfaction.
In essence, you should cherish your employees and celebrate the day to recognize and appreciate them (lunch, snack, cakes, vouchers etc.) as they are the cornerstone of the company and the ones who are responsible for the company’s success. Employee Appreciation Day is the perfect opportunity to do so.