Employee Appreciation Day in 2021

Over the past year, I’m sure you’ve heard the word burnout before. When your TV room is your gym, dining room, chillaxing stat...

March 5, 2021

Over the past year, I’m sure you’ve heard the word burnout before. When your TV room is your gym, dining room, chillaxing station and office, it could be hard for employees to truly step away from work when their laptop is two seconds away and it’s easy to check an email.  

Employee burnout cases have increased to the point where the World Health Organization has officially recognized it as an occupational phenomenon.  In fact, the WHO has included it in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases.

Marrisa Morison, Head of People at Foursquare and HR advisor to Assembly wrote a great article on how to mitigate burnout and what effective leaders have done to deal with it. You can find that article here.

Given employees are stressed and 2020 / 2021 has been tough, what can you do as a leader, manager, executive and even co worker to say thank you to those who keep the wheels running? March 5th 2021 is Employee Appreciation day!! It is a day for companies to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. This day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee.

There are a lot of articles that mention the top 100 ways to thank employees. Many of the ideas are great but they generally focus on material objects, gifts, events and prizes. The truth of the matter is employee appreciation is simple, the appreciation has to be heartfelt and specific to each person. True appreciation could not be a TV for every employee or $1,000 to everyone (even though that would be wonderful).

If you, as a manager, leader, coworker etc want to appreciate a fellow coworker, tell your coworker how they affected you, a project or the company…. and be specific on the outcome!

  • That employe may have thought no one noticed their work or extra efforts and the acknowledgement alone could be a major win
  • Write the appreciation in a format that is atypical.
  • Send recognition publicly 
  • Send recognition via recorded video and get other coworkers to chime in
  • Send recognition via snail mail and get other to sign it
  • Tag the person on linkedin and endorse them if you truly believe they are incredible (do them a solid)
  • Info on how to endorse a coworker here
Thank you!


To recap on the above, you’ll notice all of the options of how to share appreciation takes effort. That effort will go a long way!

If you were to summarize what appreciation truly means, it’s to show acknowledgement. The worst thing you can do to productivity, engagement and morale is to not acknowledge the hard work and additional efforts that person is doing. 

This Employee Appreciation Day, do all the bonusing, gifting, parties etc you were going to do before, but go the extra mile and acknowledge your employee/coworker. Show them you pay attention to what they are doing and that they really make an impact. 

At the end of the day, you’ll see what type of appreciation is longstanding.

Happy appreciating everyone!

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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! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. These one-time services start at $5,000. 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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