Why You Should Celebrate Easter at Work
If you’re planning ahead, it’s time to think about Easter! This year, it falls on Sunday, April 9.
Sharing Easter employee appreciation is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate colleagues regardless of employee religious affiliation; it marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the joy, hope and gratitude that come with the changing seasons.
Why Celebrate Easter in the Workplace?
It’s an opportunity to show you care.
Frequent employee appreciation is the key to a productive, happy workforce. Easter employee appreciation puts gratitude front and center. Invite company leaders to write Thank You notes to employees using this popular gThankYou guide, “Writing Thank You Notes Employees Will Treasure”. Include the notes in Easter gift baskets or have managers hand them out personally at an employee party. Whether or not you include a seasonal gift, a sincere note of thanks can stand alone!
Easter is a springtime holiday with cultural, non-religious traditions that appeal to everyone.
Finding celebrations that appeal to a diverse workforce can be challenging. Easter-time is an opportunity to find ways to brighten everyone’s day with the focus on spring and the secular aspects of Easter — fresh flowers, spring decorations, Easter baskets and treats like chocolate eggs and themed cupcakes.
Easter’s themes of renewal and resilience are universal.
Regardless of religious affiliation, we can all identify with and appreciate Easter themes of renewal, growth, gratitude and new beginnings. Easter is a chance to honor the hope and joy of the spring season, invest in employee resilience and celebrate growth. We all enjoy the optimism that spring brings. It’s an opportune time to invest in employees’ personal growth and giving back to the community.
When you show gratitude to employees at family holidays, you’re communicating you value work-life balance.
Thanking employees for a job well done is one of the most reliable, affordable ways to motivate excellent performance. But it’s also important to recognize employees outside of their work, as people.
If you want a workplace culture that employees love and that attracts others, host workplace events and make sure employees feel appreciated and valued. Take advantage of the ability to tie into everyone’s excitement about the emergence of spring; build workplace camaraderie. Who doesn’t enjoy an unexpected “thank you – we’re so glad you are on our team” and a chocolate bunny?
Tips for Managing Religious Holidays in the Workplace
Worried about what is and isn’t appropriate? Consult HR expert and TalentCulture founder Meghan M. Biro’s suggests approaching religious holidays as workplace celebrations.
“No sheaves of palms or crucifixes allowed,” writes Biro. “Bunnies, ducks, candy, chocolate, colorful eggs, flowers and other items commonly associated with Easter shouldn’t offend anyone.”
The folks at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) always offer sound advice. This blog on making holiday celebrations more inclusive focuses on the winter holidays, but there are still valid takeaways to apply to Easter.
Here’s a quick recap of their advice for holding more inclusive events:
- Create a diverse planning committee.
- Avoid scheduling mistakes.
- Make it voluntary.
- Create awareness of other religions.
- Offer floating holidays.
- Invite feedback.
- Be forgiving (of yourself if you make some missteps).
Easy, Fun & Affordable Ways to Celebrate Easter at Work
Here are several tips to make Easter celebrations in the workplace special (without busting your budget). For even more ideas, check our blog post, “Employee Appreciation Gifts for Easter and Spring”:
1. Decorate the Office or Break Rooms
Remember the “Hawthorn Effect”? Respondents change their behavior because they think supervisors care simply by changing something simple in the workplace environment.
Show employees you care; fill your workplace space with inspiration from spring and Easter – plants, flowers, butterflies, bunnies, colorful eggs and festive Easter baskets. Pinterest is full of seasonal decoration ideas!
2. Host an Easter Egg Hunt
Adults like a good Easter Egg hunt, too! Weather-permitting, go outdoors! Use an egg hunt as an opportunity for team-building. Create teams along department lines or mix things up!
Fill large plastic eggs with candy, as well as other prizes such as gift cards, game tickets, gift certificates and other fun surprises. Or, have employees turn eggs in for prizes that their teams can share. End the event with holiday inspired treats and an opportunity to connect with coworkers and management.
3. Have a Party with Holiday-Themed Treats
You don’t need to break the bank to host a party with Easter-themed treats. If you can’t afford to cater an event, scale it back and provide drinks, Easter candy and cookies. Be sure to provide a big helping of gratitude and employees will appreciate the festive break.
4. Give Easter Baskets
Just like the Easter Bunny, share baskets anonymously or have managers hand them out as employees arrive for an unexpected surprise! Don’t limit yourself to candy – even new office supplies can be fun!
5. Give the Gift of Something Green
For groups or workplace cultures less inclined to embrace sugar, consider giving a small flowering plant or seeds and a pretty pot. These are thoughtful ways to share the excitement of spring.
6. Organize a Community Service Project
Most employees would be thrilled for the opportunity to help local organizations alongside colleagues. Consider finding a community project that your organization can get behind supporting and can accommodate your workforce. How about planting a flower bed for a service organization or fixing up a local park? Provide materials for employees to assemble Easter baskets for an elder-care home or families in need. Host egg dying or cookie decorating at a shelter. Find something that make sense for your organization’s culture and spread Easter joy.
Healthier Easter Treat Alternatives
While many of us would be happy to have a celebration full of sugar, there are easy ways to provide great-looking and slightly healthier food choices to your Easter baskets or parties. Once again, recipe sites and Pinterest can help with healthy Easter treat inspiration.
Here are several easy ideas to consider:
- Chocolate dipped fruit
- Fresh fruit – skewers, pineapple flowers, etc.
- Trail mix (with a hint of colorful candy)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Fresh carrots and other raw vegetables
- Fruit juices
- Fruit and yogurt smoothies
- Granola Easter eggs
- Carrot cake
Ham, Turkey and Groceries are Popular Gifts for Easter in the Workplace
Sharing a ham at Easter is a tradition going back hundreds of years, as far back as the sixth century. It’s the centerpiece to a big family meal that marks new beginnings and a new season. Many of us fondly remember gathering with family to celebrate Easter around a savory holiday ham.
The Perfect Gift for the Easter Holiday
gThankYou makes it easy for organizations to buy and share a holiday ham, even with distributed workforces. gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any brand and any preparation of half or whole ham, at virtually all grocery chain stores in the U.S. Recipients choose the ham they want for their family and redeem their Certificate at checkout just like a Manufacturer Coupon. It’s that easy!
Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates provide recipients the choice of centerpiece to their family’s springtime celebration. This year Passover begins on April 5 and turkey is a welcome part of a Seder dinner.
For a cost-effective fun workplace reward, share gThankYou! Candy Gift Certificates for the candy of their choice. This way, they can splurge on themselves or receive a little help making baskets for others.
Plus, don’t forget that Grocery Gift Certificates are always a great idea!
Share Employee Appreciation Every Day of the Year
While spring captures our imagination after a long winter, celebrating and ensuring employees feel valued is a year-round activity. gThankYou’s Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar is the perfect resource to help you plan engagement and appreciation activities that nurtures a lasting culture of gratitude and appreciation.
Happy Spring and Easter from your friends at gThankYou!
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Time for Easter Employee Appreciation
It’s almost spring and Easter will be here soon! Now’s the time to start your Easter employee appreciation planning.
Why thank employees at Easter?
Besides being a widely celebrated family occasion, it’s a springtime holiday with cultural, non-religious traditions that appeal to everyone.
Easter employee appreciation is a great idea, regardless of employee religious affiliation, because it generally marks the beginning of spring and the sense of renewal and gratitude that accompany the new season.
And, as is often the case, Easter coincides with Passover.
In a diverse workplace where the majority of employees may not be Christian, focus on the secular aspects of Easter. Put employee accomplishments and community first!
Read on for five reasons to include Easter employee appreciation in your spring planning this year.
Spring Gift Ideas: Give the Gift of Groceries
Spring is always a season of hope, and after the past year of dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on our work and personal lives, the promise of a hopeful and bright spring of 2021 seems especially important.
“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”
Give the Gift of Groceries in Celebration of SpringMany companies have a long tradition of celebrating Easter or spring in the workplace. It’s still important to share that sense of appreciation to employees, particularly when we take a moment to reflect on the challenges of the past year. No matter how you and your team celebrate Spring, the practical gift of groceries is something that will resonate with everyone in an meaningful way – especially during our pandemic recovery. It’s one gift that is always welcomed and appreciated by all.gThankYou Grocery Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any combination of food items at major grocery stores anywhere in the U.S.
Recipients can choose the center piece of a holiday meal such as an Easter ham, healthy basics like fruits and vegetables and/or a special dessert. They choose what their family needs and will enjoy most. Recipients will appreciate your thoughtful gift and acknowledgement of their role in helping your organization weather the challenges of the past year.
All gThankYou purchases come with free customizable gift Enclosure Cards. Perfect for your personal note of appreciation and thanks. Choose from dozens of seasonal designs and have us add your organization logo too! We want you to love it!
Spring into Spring with Gratitude!
There isn’t just one recipe for success when it comes to employee recognition; there are many thoughtful ways to acknowledge employees’ dedication. Leaders who take the time and energy to show employee gratitude year-round end up with happier team members and a more enjoyable workplace. Below are some ways to show Spring gratitude!
We couldn’t agree more with this recent Forbes article that states,
“Never underestimate the power of ‘thank you.’ Everyone wants to feel recognized and appreciated, so encourage employees to thank the people around them, including their colleagues, senior leaders, and employers, on a regular basis, year-round.”
So what are you waiting for? It’s always the “time of year” for gratitude!
Celebrate Spring in the Workplace
Right now, many people are gearing up for Easter (Sunday, April 12). While not everyone celebrates this holiday, it can easily be regarded as a “Spring into Spring” workplace celebration with chocolate, bunnies, family meals and egg-hunting – which everyone would welcome and enjoy.
If you have concerns about tackling Easter at work, take a look at our blog post about Why You Should Celebrate Easter in the Workplace. It is chock full of ideas about how to make Easter-ish and spring workplace celebrations entertaining and appropriate for everyone!
Another resource is “4 Easter Employee Engagement Ideas For Your Office.” Dying eggs is easy and relaxing, allowing employees to chat while dipping. And a Peep diorama? How fun would that be? Check out these creative winners!
Share the Gift of an Easter Ham
If you are pondering how to shower employees with a “Happy Spring” thank you, consider the gift of a holiday ham. For many, the gift of a ham for Easter is a valued and welcome gift. It evokes family and underscores the joy and warmth that comes from sharing a special meal together. gThankYou makes it easy to share the gift of ham – during springtime or whenever you want to share your workplace appreciation.
Want more choice? Consider our Ham or Turkey Gift Certificate. Recipients choose what’s best for the centerpiece of their family celebration.
Be sure to check out our Spring cards selection, they are guaranteed to brighten someone’s day and are always free with any purchase.
Thinking you’d rather go the sweet route? How about a Candy Gift Certificate? Since sugar makes the world go ‘round, this is always a fan favorite for employee appreciation gifts. There are so many seasonal candy classics like jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and of course Peeps in every color.
Our Holiday Ham Guide Gift for You!
At gThankYou, we love a delicious, juicy ham with all the fixings. That’s why we created our Ultimate Holiday Ham Guide – so everyone can cook a a crowd-pleasing ham! Our Guide is packed with pages of ham goodness, including an exploration and explanation of the different kinds of ham, cooking tips, menu planning ideas, food safety strategies, recipes and much more!
And even better, it’s FREE for you! Download it now and share with colleagues and friends. Give this guide/cookbook with your gift of a holiday ham and delight your recipients. They will appreciate getting not just the centerpiece of their meal, but all of the helpful hints contained in the guide.
Do you want to learn new ways to glaze a ham? Interested in how to properly cook and carve? Intrigued by new recipes that inspire novice and top chefs alike? Then look no further! Check out the Ultimate Holiday Ham Guide for inspiration and practical advice.
Happy spring and Easter from your friends at gThankYou! We appreciate YOU.