Hello Friday: Employee Appreciation Day

Happy Employee Appreciation Day! 2020 marks the 25th year of celebrating and honoring employees for the effort and hard work put in throughout the year. Though it is an “informal” holiday, it is a great reminder to recognize and appreciate the people you work with every single day.

There have been countless studies, articles, and books published over the past couple of decades stressing the importance of valuing the humans within the organization. It seems like now, more than ever before, the topic of “creating a more human organization” is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Nurturing the people within the organization; ensuring employees feel seen, valued and heard is a key factor in realizing the best outcomes. But, oftentimes we get so busy paying attention to the “what” we have to accomplish, we either forget or underestimate the importance of “how” we gets things accomplished.

Let’s take a moment to really “soak” in the sentiments of “gratitude” and “appreciation” and pay it forward. Begin recognizing those around you on this  “Employee Appreciation Day”; and build it into “your way of being” as an everyday occurrence!Here are some simple ways to show appreciation that make a HUGE difference:

  1. Greet each other. Taking the time to say "Good Morning", "Hello", "Have a Good Night", or even just a warm smile can make a big difference. This small gesture creates connections, could cheer someone up, and fosters a positive work environment.

  2. Say “please” and “thank you”. Being polite and having good manners can go a long way! It can be the difference maker in someone feeling taken for granted vs feeling cared about and appreciated.

  3. Learn about your coworkers interests. Engage in small talk. Acknowledge and ask questions about their interests, hobbies, family, etc. Showing genuine interested is a great way to show you care and enables you to get to know them on a personal level. It allows for ongoing bonding and relationship building.

  4. Create a fun tradition. Whether it be creating work traditions to celebrate holidays, going on a department outing, or having a quarterly potluck, it adds an element of fun to the day to day and gets people excited to come to work.

  5. Act of Kindness/Express Gratitude. Show appreciation for a job well done or that you value their contributions by getting a small gift (like a favorite treat) or writing a thoughtful card or email. These small gestures and recognition can fill someone’s cup and encourage continued hard work.

These ideas may seem small, but the impact can be huge and will trickle down throughout the organization. I hope reading this sparked some inspiration to create ideas that will work for you and your workplace. I challenge you to implement the spirit of “Employee Appreciation Day” every day!

Have a great day and a great weekend!

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