25 Excellent Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2024

Boost morale and engagement with 25 employee appreciation day ideas for 2024. Recognize and encourage your team on a special day

February 9, 2024
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Celebrating Employee Appreciation Day is a special opportunity to recognize employees for their hard work and contributions to the company. Employee Appreciation Day falls on the first Friday in March each year, which means that in 2024 is just around the corner. To help you celebrate this day, get more engaged employees, and boost employee morale, we've put together 25 employee appreciation ideas that you can implement in your workplace.

  1. Implement an Employee Recognition Program

Implementing an employee recognition program is a great way to show your employees that you value their contributions to the company. Recognition can take many forms, such as employee of the month awards or recognition for meeting a particular goal.

  1. Host a Celebration

Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day with a party or other special event for every team member. This can be a great way to boost employee morale and show your team members that you value them.

  1. Give Personalized Gifts

Offer personalized gifts to your staff members to show your appreciation for their hard work. Company swag, such as custom water bottles or t-shirts, can also be a fun way to show your appreciation and promote company culture.

  1. Provide Break Room Treats

Provide treats or snacks in the break room to encourage employees to take a break and relax. This can be a small gesture that goes a long way in helping employees feel appreciated.

  1. Implement a Wellness Program

Implement a wellness program that includes opportunities for physical activity, such as yoga or meditation classes. This can be a great way to promote work-life balance and show that you value your employees' well-being.

  1. Create a Thank You Video

Create a thank you video featuring messages from the leadership team and other employees. This can be a fun and creative way to show your appreciation for your employees. You can use a video editing tool like Veed with an inbuilt video trimmer function. It allows you to edit and polish the video, transcribe video to text, and, to add special effects to make the message even more engaging.

  1. Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Offer professional development opportunities to encourage employees to continue learning and growing. This can be a great way to invest in your employees and show your appreciation for their hard work.

  1. Host a Volunteer Event

Organize a volunteer event where your employees can give back to the community. This can be a great way to show your employees that you value their contributions beyond the workplace.

  1. Offer Flexible Work Arrangements

Offer flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible hours, to promote work-life balance and show that you value your employees' well-being.

  1. Create a Recognition Program

Create a recognition program in the workplace where employees can recognize and appreciate their colleagues. This can be a great way to promote teamwork and create a positive work environment.

  1. Provide Extra Time Off

Provide employees with extra time off, such as a half-day or a full day, to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

  1. Host a Lunch or Happy Hour

Host a lunch or happy hour to show your appreciation for your employees and encourage team bonding.

  1. Give a Handwritten Note

Give your employees a handwritten note thanking them for their hard work and dedication. This gesture shows that you appreciate your employees and value their contributions.

  1. Implement an Employee Referral Program

Implement an employee referral program that rewards employees for referring new talent to the company. This gesture shows that you appreciate your employees' efforts in growing the company.

  1. Host a Fun Activity Day

Host a fun activity day where your employees can participate in activities such as games, sports, or other leisure activities. This is a great way to show your employees that you value their well-being and encourage work-life balance.

  1. Create a Mentorship Program

Create a mentorship program where your employees can learn from more experienced colleagues. This can be a great way to show your investment in your employees' growth and development.

  1. Create a Career Development Plan

Create a career development plan for each employee to help them achieve their professional goals. This can help employees feel valued and motivated to continue working for your company.

  1. Host a Learning and Development Day

Host a learning and development day where employees can participate in workshops or seminars to improve their skills and knowledge. This can be a great way to show your employees that you are invested in their growth and development.

  1. Create a Culture Committee

Create a culture committee made up of employees from different departments to help plan and organize events that promote company culture and employee engagement.

  1. Offer a Health and Wellness Day

Offer a health and wellness day where employees can receive health screenings, participate in fitness classes, or receive massages. This can be a great way to show your employees that you value their well-being.

  1. Create a Buddy System

Create a buddy system where new employees are paired with experienced employees to help them acclimate to the company culture and job responsibilities.

  1. Implement an Employee Feedback Program

Implement an employee feedback program where employees can provide feedback on their work experience, management, and company policies. This can be a great way to show your employees that you value their opinions and are committed to creating a positive work environment.

  1. Host a Recognition Luncheon

Host a recognition luncheon where you can recognize and reward employees who have made significant contributions to the company. This can be a great way to show your employees that you appreciate their hard work and dedication.

  1. Create a Mentorship Program

Create a mentorship program where your employees can learn from more experienced colleagues. This can be a great way to show your investment in your employees' growth and development.

  1. Celebrate Achievements

Celebrate employee achievements, such as work anniversaries or hitting a sales goal, with a special recognition or gift. This can be a great way to show your appreciation for your employees and encourage a culture of achievement in the workplace.

In conclusion, National Employee Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize and reward your employees for their hard work and contributions to the company. By implementing these employee appreciation day ideas, you can encourage employee engagement, promote work-life balance, and create a positive work environment where employees feel valued and appreciated. Remember, a happy and appreciated employee is more likely to be engaged, productive, and motivated to continue working for your company.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do and for FREE! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at support@joinassembly.com.

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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