“An office can operate without a boss for a day, but not without a receptionist.”
March 2nd is Employee Appreciation Day; a day to recognize and celebrate employees.
On average, Americans spend over 100 hours commuting to work a year. That is much more time than they spend on vacation! Whether it is teaching our children, building our houses, or taking important calls for an office, besides the customers, employees keep a business afloat. Employee Appreciation Day was created in 1995 as a response to Boss’s Appreciation Day and is always on the first Friday of every March.
While a bonus check is always appreciated, it goes just as fast as it comes. Showing your employees you really appreciate them for their hard work is the best motivator. Friday is the perfect day for an after-work get together, or an afternoon off, if you are able. Take your employees out to lunch or have a potluck celebration right in the office. If everyone is available, maybe go out and try some team-building activities. One of the biggest team trends right now is escape rooms! Besides activities, simply telling your employees directly or in a personal note how much you appreciate them will be sure to brighten their day. Forbes has some more wonderful tips here.
This March 2nd, take a moment to consider the employees that are not on your payroll. At some point in your life, you have probably had a retail or restaurant job, or knew someone that did. They are not always the most forgiving jobs; you are on your feet all day and the pay is usually minimum wage. Ask the man at the register how his day is going, slip an extra dollar or two into the tip jar at your coffee shop. Above all, be kind and appreciate all the employees that have come into your life this Employee Appreciation Day!