Employee Appreciation Day is the Valentine’s Day of workplace holidays — both holidays are ultimately about building relationships.
What’s a core element of relationships? Appreciation! Sharing appreciation is vital in the workplace, just like in any other relationship. We also know that appreciation is most effective when we celebrate it daily — after all, we don’t limit love to just one day of the year, right? Employee appreciation is the same way!
Don’t miss Employee Appreciation Day! It’s a perfect opportunity to thank and connect with employees.
“Celebrating Employee Appreciation Day is just as critical — if not more — than Valentine’s Day. And, saying ‘I love you’ at home translates to ‘Thank you’ at the office,” David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom write in their recent article, “Simple, CEO-Approved Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day.”
Employee Appreciation Day is special in many ways that make it a not-to-miss holiday in the workplace. Read on for all the ways we love Employee Appreciation Day!
5 Reasons to Love Employee Appreciation Day
For the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about why you should celebrate Employee Appreciation Day — how to involve bosses, what to do at the last minute, the employees to not forget, and more!
Now, let’s cover all the feel-good reasons Employee Appreciation Day is awesome!
1. Celebration Rituals Build a Healthier Workplace
Francis Cholle (business consultant and founding CEO of The Human Company) says rituals are “transformative” in the workplace “because they help us deal constructively with the intangible dynamics within us and within groups.”
Regular workplace celebrations that mark holidays or company-specific achievements “imply a certain level of ceremony and require time, but they are profoundly efficient in both the short and the long term,” Cholle wrote last year in a LinkedIn post, “The Importance of Rituals in the Workplace.”
2. Sharing Appreciation Feels Great
That little boost you feel after saying “Thank You”? It’s not just in your head! Just as celebrating gratitude helps organizational health, gratitude is good for individual mental and physical health.
Gratitude makes you feel happier, more energetic and more resilient, according to Louisa Kamps’ Real Simple article, “6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude is Great for Your Health.”
3. Appreciation Sets a Positive Tone
We’re inundated with negativity on a daily basis, from angry Internet commenters to depressing news reports. Employee Appreciation Day gives you and your employees a respite by taking the time to focus on something purely positive: gratitude.
And the great thing about gratitude (and its sister emotion, kindness) is that they spread quickly within communities. Acts of gratitude and kindness build more acts of gratitude and kindness. It’s that simple!
4. It Makes Us More Creative
Appreciation breaks down self-doubt and grants the recipient permission to be more authentic, more creative.
“When managing the creative process, celebrating wins and awards is one effective way to reassure creative teams, whose members often question their own talent,” Francis Cholle writes in his LinkedIn post on workplace rituals.
5. It Builds Inclusivity and a Sense of Belonging
Employee Appreciation Day is for everyone who does work for your company, from the accounting department to the night janitors to the freelance consultants. It’s about celebrating great work toward a common goal. By engaging everyone, Employee Appreciation Day creates a sense of belonging and of being “in this together.”
We wish you and your employees a fantastic Employee Appreciation Day!
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