How to Celebrate Work Anniversaries Remotely

Work anniversaries are the most common form of employee recognition across industries. Let’s take a look at a few ways to...

April 7, 2021

The way we work continues to become more fluid. Hybrid work environments are increasingly common, and more companies are finding that they can be successful with a remote workforce. To maintain that success, leaders will need to be creative in how they approach employee recognition, which includes work anniversaries.

Work anniversaries are the most common form of employee recognition across industries. Let’s take a look at a few ways to maintain the fun and excitement of these celebrations remotely.

Celebrate Work Anniversaries on Social Media

Work with your communications and marketing team to celebrate your employees and make the anniversary feel special. You can share more about them, their work accomplishments, interests, and fun facts. Pick the best platforms to congratulate them on and tag them if appropriate. Many employees – although not all – love to share these kinds of posts when they are proud of where they work. Give them the opportunity and shine the spotlight on them. It’s a great culture and reputation builder for the company, too! 

Roll Out the Virtual Red Carpet for a Work Anniversary Celebration

One of the most significant benefits of working remotely is that families and friends can join in on the grand celebrations. Hire a local musician or band to play as people begin entering the virtual room or have a slideshow of employee photos rolling. A company leader can kick things off with an exciting or funny story about the employee. Looking for a creative twist? Rather than having an executive or manager speak about the employee, find out if they have a best friend at work and ask them to speak. Surprises like this make a huge impact and will make employees feel valued.

Plan an Annual Work Anniversary Celebration Day Using Microsoft Teams or Slack

One of the easiest ways to celebrate work anniversaries is by using Assembly on Microsoft Teams or Slack. Be sure everyone in the department or company is aware of the employee’s work anniversary in advance, so you have more engagement. Encourage colleagues to send congratulations messages, funny memes, and GIFs, favorite memories, or significant employee accomplishments. You can also allow employees with service anniversaries to select from customized rewards you create in Assembly, such as digital gift cards, lunch, or professional development opportunities. Remember, cash isn’t the only way to recognize outstanding work. Meaningful words, attention, and cultural gifts go a long way.

Celebrate Work Anniversaries with Games and Engagement Activities

It’s imperative to find ways to learn about your colleagues and stay connected beyond the surface in a remote environment. It’s always nice to find out you share a hobby or interest with someone at work. Host a quiz or guessing game with fun facts about the employees with work anniversaries. Everyone will learn something new, and it’s a fun, interactive way to celebrate.

Mail a Work Anniversary Celebration in a Box

Have treats and fun decorations mailed to the employee you’re celebrating. Encourage everyone else to get involved by wearing a funny hat or grabbing a noisemaker. It can be extra fun if each employee has their own theme based on what you know about them. Do they have a favorite TV show or hobby? Perhaps everyone can dress up as a character, famous athlete, or whatever is fitting. Share their accomplishments while everyone has a great time celebrating together.

Remember, remote work shouldn’t mean missing out on important milestones. With a little bit of creativity, you can find unique and meaningful ways to celebrate employee work anniversaries.

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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.

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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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