Happy International Day of Awesomeness! Yes, this is a real (unofficial) holiday — and it’s awesome to celebrate in the workplace.
A couple of coworkers started International Day of Awesomeness back in 2007. It was as easy as registering the domain “dayofawesomeness.com” and putting the idea out into the world.
Held every year on March 10, International Day of Awesomeness has a simple premise: be awesome and encourage others to be awesome.
Why? “Because everyone needs an excuse to be awesome.” Can’t argue with that!
How we celebrate International Day of Awesomeness is open to creativity. The holiday’s founders suggest “feats of awesomeness.”
Be inspired to celebrate the day with your team. And don’t forget to share your company’s International Day of Awesomeness activities on social media with the hashtags #idoa or #dayofawesomeness.
8 Ways to Celebrate International Day of Awesomeness At Work
Building an awesome workplace culture is an investment. It takes time, resources and full support from company leadership.
Of course, we all want a better culture today. A recent headline from the satirical newspaper The Onion takes a humorous spin on this unrealistic expectation: “Boss Wants Friendly, Relaxed Company Culture In Place By Friday.”
By Friday would be great, of course — but the reality is, you and your team have to be in it for the long haul.
However, there are specific and effective things you can do right now that really will make your company culture just a bit more awesome. Best part is, you’ll see results right away.
So start today, in honor of International Day of Awesomeness! Here are eight ideas of what your HR team and your employees can do together to celebrate:Read More
Springtime employee recognition is essential to re-engaging your workforce and buffering against the distractions that summer and warmer weather inevitably bring. It’s also the perfect time to celebrate first-quarter accomplishments and set the stage for the remainder of the year.
Easter is April 16. Let gThankYou help you make employee gift-giving easy so you can spend time on what’s really important — engaging with and sharing your sincere appreciation to your staff.
Why Celebrate Easter in the Workplace?
Because it’s a family holiday with themes of renewal, gratitude and new beginnings that everyone can appreciate, regardless of religious affiliation. Like at Christmas, we can share in the joys of the cultural and non-religious aspects of Easter: the Easter Bunny, painting and hiding colorful eggs, visiting family, celebrating spring.
The traditional Easter Ham is the centerpiece to the family Easter celebration.
“Just as sure as small children will hunt colored eggs and refrains of Peter Cottontail will lodge in your head, a ham will be front and center on most American tables this Easter,” according to Boston Globe correspondent Sally Pasley Vargas.
The tradition of sharing “pink, salty-sweet slices of cured pork, slathered in a sticky glaze” dates back to at least the sixth century, Pasley Vargas writes.
Easter provides your company an occasion to share a workplace gift that’s both meaningful and family-friendly — a Gift Certificate for the centerpiece to the holiday meal! Your employees will value your contribution and enjoy sharing it with family and friends.Read More
Now’s the time to start your Easter employee appreciation planning! Easter is April 16 this year.
Why thank employees at Easter?
Besides being a widely celebrated family occasion, it’s a springtime holiday with cultural, non-religious traditions that will appeal to everyone.
Country singer Reba McEntire famously said that Easter is important to her because “it’s a second chance.”
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.
Easter also coincides this year 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.Read More
Employee Appreciation Day is always the first Friday of March. It’s the perfect time to pause, reflect and show gratitude to your staff.
Building Workplace Positivity
Held annually on March 1, World Compliment Day has its origins in the Netherlands.
World Compliment Day is not commercially oriented, “so everyone can afford to participate,” according to a history at WorldComplimentDay.info. It “simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. … And therein lies its power.”
Hans Poortvliet, a Dutch recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands, points out that compliments cost nothing but have a huge impact.
“Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation,” Poortvliet says. Ultimately, if every person pays a compliment to at least three people, “we will definitely create the Most Positive Day in the World!”Read More
Employee Appreciation Day is this Friday, March 3. To get ready, we combed the news for case studies in effective, original employee appreciation to inspire your efforts.
What makes a good employee appreciation program?
Hppy’s infographic Top 10 Best Workplace Incentives has three criteria for worthwhile employee appreciation.
First, it reduces turnover. Watching coworkers quit in frustration is demoralizing. It feeds gossip and unhappiness among staff and slows down productivity.
Unappreciated, stressed-out employees will eventually seek happiness elsewhere, “joining the 2.7 million people who quit their jobs each month,” according to Hppy. “And as any HR professional knows, turnover is the bane of corporate existence. It takes at least 20 percent of a person’s salary to replace them — not to mention the time and energy you’ll spend conducting interviews and reading applications.”
Second, it saves money — but maybe not immediately: “Many companies hesitate to start incentives programs because of the costs it will incur. But these costs are relatively small compared to the money you’ll save in the long run.”
Third, it generates good. Ultimately, employee appreciation is “about creating a better workplace — and a better world,” according to Hppy. “Take Facebook: they offer moms and dads four months of paid time off to spend with their new baby, plus pay adoption fees. By supporting parents, Facebook contributes to a more stable, family-oriented society.”Read More