When Is Employee Appreciation Day? March 1st, But You Didn’t Miss It!

By Sarah McVanel, Chief Recognition Officer, Greatness Magnified

image of a notepad, pencil, 3 different coloured paper clips and a couple of wooden blocks. The writing on the notepad says Employee Appreciation DayLast Friday was Employee Appreciation Day. If you missed it, don’t worry! It’s never too late to show appreciation.

In fact, sometimes, when it’s surprising, wacky, unexpected or downright strange is when it works the best.

Take our totally random and definitely “extra” midnight recognition challenge. We took my hometown community of Niagara Region by recognition storm, and we were committed to giving away at least 50 compliments by midnight.

Were we successful?

Well, if you caught the video, you’ll know already that, yeah, we were. The reactions we got, well, for the most part, were pretty cool, from “ah” to “Really?” to “Get out!” (literally…fortunately very few of the latter.)

You know, after we released that video on social and through our newsletters, we heard from you. What you shared there echoes what folks in my audiences have commented to me after they bring recognition back to their workplaces (and home bases), too:

  • Even if you don’t know how it will land, you gotta try it.
  • I was surprised no one kicked you out! I guess it goes to show that people really want to be appreciated.
  • You don’t have to know people well to acknowledge them.
  • Everyone wants to know their work matters.
  • One act of recognition will last a whole shift long.
  • It’s sad how shocked people were to be recognized. I have to do it more!

Recognition doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t need to be planned. It doesn’t even need to make sense (why a random stranger) It just needs to happen.

On the rare occasions where someone might think it’s forced, fake, “too much,” or not the way they like it, well, don’t not do something because of what might happen. Your intention is to help, so that’s all you need to focus on.

Remember: an act of appreciation a day keeps the recruiter at bay. Give your people a reason to stay.

Recognition is the easiest thing you can do that will be talked about at the dinner table, thought about, and passed along.

Want to create a recognition ripple effect? Share, tag or comment on the social post, and let’s bring recognition into our shared consciousness.

We have more ideas on how to show your employees the recognition that they deserve each and every day:

Disclaimer/Humble Brag Moment: 100% of this content was human-generated (by us folks here at Greatness Magnified). We are committed to authorship integrity and will inform you what percent, if any, is AI-generated.

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

– Mother Teresa

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Organizational Development, Purolator Inc.

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Executive Director, Community Living Hamilton

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Director, The Center for People in Organizational Development, Sheridan College

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