Is your company celebrating Employee Appreciation Day this year? Organizations that express appreciation for their people activate a more involved, engaged and productive workforce. Gratitude is a compelling source of inspiration that defines and differentiates your business, brand and employer.
Your organization may extend Employee Appreciation Day to a week or month, but when the celebration is over—what's next?
Your day, week or month of celebration is sure to provide a boost to morale that will invigorate your employees—a positive step in the right direction. However, as your people settle back into their routines, your expressions of appreciation and the impact of your efforts will not be top of mind.
This year, elevate your strategy to recognize and engage employees everyday—moving the traditional to the transformational to amplify the benefits of Employee Appreciation Day throughout the year.
Research shows that employee recognition programs are most effective when they're ongoing and dynamic. When your people are recognized throughout the year and expressions of gratitude are woven into the fabric of your workplace culture, the benefits accumulate—catalyzing stronger engagement, greater retention and higher productivity.
Looking beyond an isolated celebration, utilize Employee Appreciation Day to launch peer-to-peer employee recognition software that empowers every individual throughout your workplace to recognize and reward great work in alignment with your company values.
A traditional approach to Employee Appreciation Day and a more dynamic, transformational strategy both aim to express gratitude. In practice, both methods have striking differences—which can shift the outcome from a temporary increase in employee engagement to lasting cultural change.
Explore our transformative approach and your new Employee Appreciation Day strategy begins to take shape:
The traditional approach to Employee Appreciation Day showcases the values your organization aims to live by. Employees are celebrated for a day, week or month—and then it’s business as usual. By contrast, a transformative approach powered by intentional experience design engages and inspires your people 365 days of the year—empowering every employee to live your core values and put them into action.
Traditionally, employee recognition programs are the purview of management—an approach that limits reach. By empowering your people to reward their peers, you’ll add thousands of touchpoints and extend the benefits of your recognition program tenfold.
Peers rely on each other to meet deadlines, catch errors and solve problems. Every day, they experience the strengths and accomplishments of their colleagues. Granting them the ability to reward and recognize accelerates the evolution of how they work.
Appreciation that originates at every level of your organization is more powerful than top-down recognition.
A transformative approach to Employee Appreciation Day is a paradigm shift from the traditional approach to recognition. To ensure a successful rollout and make peer-to-peer recognition the centerpiece of Employee Appreciation Day, start with these three objectives:
Your values become company culture when everyone integrates gratitude into the workday. When recognition becomes a shared and ongoing experience for your people, your workplace is transformed.
With a peer-to-peer recognition program, you can empower and inspire your people every day of the year and amplify the benefits of Employee Appreciation Day. You don’t have to do this alone. See how we can help.
1 Harvard Business Review | Do you tell your employees you appreciate them?
2 Gallup | Transforming Workplaces Through Recognition
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