Bosses have a day to celebrate themselves . . . why not employees too?! Did you know that this Friday, March 7, 2014 is National Employee Appreciation Day? If you're serious about employee recognition, you'll want to pay attention to the rest of this post. Employee recognition is one of the most effective and affordable ways to reduce turnover, curb absenteeism, increase productivity and keep employees engaged with their work (source).
According to the experts, here are a few employee appreciation gift ideas:
- Spring for lunch: Breaking bread together is a nice bonding experience for the group. Who wouldn't enjoy taking time off during the workday to do a little team building? Visit a local restaurant, or have lunch catered in. Either way, your employees will love it.
- Starbucks: How about a mid-afternoon Starbucks break where everyone gets their favorite drink? An afternoon caffeine jolt is always welcomed and appreciated.
- Plan an activity: Fun activities, or team building exercises can be a powerful way to unite a group. Great teamwork makes things happen more than anything else in organizations. Making these exercises fun is a the best way to get everyone involved in the activity. Here is a resource for a few quick games for your employees at work.
- Awards and Gifts: According to the experts, when figuring out the best ideas for as employee appreciation gift, consider this. Cash doesn't last. Gift cards may be around for a few weeks, but a meaningful employee appreciation gift makes a lasting impression. Custom gifts of any type are key in any employee recognition program. A great custom idea for an employee gift is a Custom Gift Favor from Fairytale Brownies. Gift favors contain gourmet brownie or cookie treats tucked inside a white and purple favor box with your sharp, full-color company logo printed on the lid. Or, another great idea is custom label brownies and cookies. These gems make the perfect gift or give-away.