Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day!

It’s the first week of March, which means it’s time to honor those who work hard every day. Employee Appreciation Day is March 3. Dr. Bob Nelson, a founding member of Recognition Professionals International, introduced the holiday in 1995, and it has been recognized yearly.

Perhaps you serve on your company’s fun committee and are looking for creative ways to recognize employees. Here are some ideas to recognize your team:

  • Curate a swag bag: There’s always room for a new shirt, jacket, pin, or coffee mug. Treat your employees to new branded items. The ideas for what to put into a swag bag are endless.
  • Establish dedicated time off: We all need a break from time to time. Allowing employees to take a day off whenever they want or on Fridays could be an excellent way to improve work-life balance.
  • Gift cards: Money-loaded cards will make any employee happy. You could conduct an online survey to determine the top three things your employees enjoy and choose a gift card based on their responses.
  • No workday: Find a day that works with everyone’s schedule to do absolutely no work. You can use this time to go on a field trip, eat a nice lunch, take a cooking class, or look for volunteer opportunities in your community. Negotiate for a half day if your company won’t allow a full day of no work. Employees will appreciate the break either way.
  • Social media recognition: Social media is a good way to highlight employees. Leave a recommendation on their LinkedIn or take a group photo of your team and post it to your company’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure also to leave a good caption and hashtag #EmployeeAppreciationDay.


Remember, you can celebrate employees anytime by promoting meaningful activities and supporting your employees all year long. Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Express Employment Professionals is grateful to all our associates in our offices across the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. We appreciate your daily dedication and are honored to be a part of your career development.

How does your company show appreciation to employees? Let us know in the comments section below.

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