You may not be aware, but 2nd March 2018 is Employee Appreciation Day. Recognised throughout the world, this is a fantastic day to really show your employees that you care, and appreciation them for everything they do for you, your business and your customers or clients.
If you have staff, how can you best demonstrate that you really do appreciate them? Simply saying it is never enough. We’ve pulled together our five top ways you can really show the love for them throughout the month.
#1 – Duvet Days
Why not agree that all staff can be entitled to a special Duvet Day at any point throughout March? This is one day where they don’t have to come in, but will still be paid as usual. If you want to do this, make sure you have thought about the staffing implications, and what your terms and conditions are going to be for it.
Do they have to book it off in advance? Can more than one member of staff be off at the same time? Are you going to only allow this for March, or do you want to roll it out for every month, or other time period?
Life can get on top of us at times, especially if we have a busy time at work which collides with a difficult personal life. An extra day off to get caught up on things at home, or simply recharge, is a great way to say thank you, without it costing the earth.
#2 – Celebration breakfast/lunch
It can be hard to make the time to take everyone out for lunch, especially if this means the office has to be shut for that period. If it’s not something you can manage, why not arrange for a special breakfast or lunch time buffet? You could even order in, and fill the break out area with pizza.
Creating an opportunity for everyone to get together, and have a laugh is great for morale, but will also show that you have stopped to think about what your staff might like.
#3 – POETS Day
If you don’t want to go to the full hog of managing Duvet Days and the logistics of it all, why not think about introducing POETS Day? This stands for Push-off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday. Allow staff to leave after lunch every Friday, or introduce a rota basis so they can take it in turns to leave early one Friday out of four.
Again, this doesn’t cost the earth, but is a great way to keep staff happy.
#4 – Look after their health
Many businesses offer their employees benefits, such as health care and medical insurance. Of course, this can prove to be costly for smaller businesses, and it might not be something you want to consider. However, you can easily pick up vouchers for alternative and complimentary therapies, such as hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massages, spa days or even physiotherapy.
Such options have the added bonus of not only saying “thank you” to your team, but also benefitting their general health and well being, allowing them to relax, chill out and hopefully be even better placed to enjoy their work.
#5 – Bonus
If you’re having a good month, or year, why not consider offering everyone a bonus in their wage this month? It doesn’t have to be a lot, or you may want to think about alternative ways to handle this rather than via payroll.
Often, it’s the thought that counts, and employees who know their bosses really do appreciate them are always more engaged. Why not get involved on our Facebook page, and let us know what you would like to receive from an employer to say “thank you” for all your hard work?