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Awesome Employee Appreciation Day Ideas for 2014

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 | Category: Employee Relations, Events, Our Blog

Friday, March 7, is Employee Appreciation Day. Woo hoo!

Last monthIt's time to party like it's Employee Apprecitation Day!, we asked for some suggestions and stories on how to show appreciation to your workforce in unique and meaningful ways. We’ve selected three of our favorites to share in today’s blog. And if you are looking for last-minute ideas for something to do at your workplace, have no fear! We’ve got a list of suggestions to help you out, too.


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Located in Morristown, NJ, SmithSolve is a healthcare public relations agency providing corporate communications and PR services to biopharmaceutical companies around the globe. So how does management even start to express their appreciation for the very specialized work their employees do?

In two words:

Chocolate. Fountain.

“To start with, we are going to have a chocolate fountain flowing in the break room all day, with fresh fruit, cookies and other treats to dip into it,” says Tina Okun, Director of Client Service. “We want everyone to feel a little spoiled without feeling stressed during this very busy week in our office. The fountain is there for them whenever they want a snack break.”

In addition, Okun is giving each employee a gift bag of items to pamper themselves with and will be announcing the kickoff of twice-monthly on-sight yoga classes being offered free of charge to all employees. “Wellness is a huge part of what we do, and we are committed to helping make 2014 a year of living healthier and better for as many people as we can reach, including our own team,” says Okun.


Employee Appreciation Day at Jack's GlassSince 1914, Jack’s Glass of Allentown, PA, and the Braden family have been supplying glass services, providing replacement automotive windshields and all manor of commercial, residential and specialty glass installation and creation. Employees at Jack’s Glass have to keep this top of mind every day.

Because employee motivation, satisfaction and retention are all important to her, owner Donna Braden makes sure her team knows that they are valued each Employee Appreciation Day with fun and fashionable new company apparel, complete with the Jack’s Glass logo. “We’re proud of them and the work they do, and it’s great seeing everyone in their sportswear, hats and shirts,” says Braden. “Every year we do something different in the way of team apparel. We also like to include gift cards and certificates to treat them to lunch, or to help fill up their gas tank.”


Employee Appreciaiton Day at Highlight PrintingHighlight Printing is a Minneapolis-based full-service printer offering creative design, offset printing, digital printing, bindery, warehousing, fulfillment, mailing, distribution and more, with a specialty in servicing companies with multiple locations and divisions, remote sales forces and franchises.

Highlight owner Lisa Bickford decided a while ago to move the whole employee appreciation shebang to the week of Thanksgiving, at the end of November. It fits the company schedule better and lets management keep to the true spirit of the celebration of its workforce. The company made it a weeklong affair to remember for its six full-time employees too. Now that’s appreciation!

“We had an Employee Appreciation Week, although it was a short one because it was Thanksgiving week. Monday was ‘Feed the Staff Day’ with a kick-off brunch and homemade frozen pot pies for their dinner, and everyone got a copy of the cookbook that we printed for the woman who made the homemade pot pies. Tuesday was ‘Pamper the Staff Day’ and featured 20-minute back rubs by a masseuse we brought in along with care baskets with all sorts of things to help the employees spoil themselves—candles, candy, car washes, etc. Wednesday culminated our staff appreciation celebration with framed awards for each employee that had positive feedback from their co-workers, ‘Dream Team’ t-shirts and a spiral sliced ham for Thanksgiving.”

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In addition to this Thanksgiving extravaganza, Highlight also takes time throughout the year to make their employees feel valued. “We bring treats in for their birthdays, post client testimonials by the time clock for everyone to see, and just for fun we let everyone be taste-testers for my husband’s competition BBQ experiments,” adds Bickford. “We also try to keep everyone up to date on everything going on with the company, new software, new procedures, new products, things that are going on in the marketplace, etc.”  We truly do have the dream team here and couldn’t do it without them!”

It’s not too late to join in on the fun and appreciation!

Here are some last-minute ideas for showing your workforce you appreciate all that they do:

  • Order in a break room platter of bagels, sandwiches or snacks
  • Give gift cards that they can use online or locally
  • Present potted plants for their desks with a hand-written card personally thanking each employee

Some ideas that cost little to nothing:

  • Let employees leave early or come in late for a day
  • Have a pot luck, where everyone brings in something to share and show their own appreciation of each other
  • Hold a group meetings and share with the group(s) what you appreciate about each employee

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March 12, 2014

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at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus,

Center Valley, PA

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