This year has looked different than most and it’s safe to say it’s nothing any of us ever expected. After about a year of this crazy new world, we are starting to settle in to the new normal. It’s been an all-around big change, and a major part of that change has been working from home. From managing children and their schooling, your kitchen becoming your new office, or just figuring out the balance of no longer working in the office, this transition has impacted us in a variety of difficult ways. However, this hard work has not gone unnoticed, and a great way to show this is on March 5th – Employee Appreciation Day! What better time than to show your appreciation to your employees after about a year of working through COVID-19?
This “holiday” gets overlooked by most. I mean, hey, I didn’t even know this day existed until a few weeks ago, but now more than ever, this day needs to be celebrated. There’s wide variety of ways to show your colleagues just how much you value their hard work and perseverance. Something as simple as an email, or as far as giving a custom hat or mug, will go a long away. Whatever you decide, no matter how big or small, the gesture will be appreciated.
Although it seems like a small and simple gesture, an email can pack a punch. A short 3 to 4 sentence individualized email, thanking an employee for their contributions is just the right boost to keep their spirits high during this challenging time. Not only is this a cost-effective way of showing your appreciation but it’s also an easy, time efficient way of sending it out.
If you want to go one step further than email, a thank you card is the next best thing! It may just be me, but I love when I’m going through my mail and I see that I have a card… and it’s not the junk mail addressed to me. A personalized, handwritten card will go that extra mile and be greatly appreciated by the recipient.
If you’re feeling generous, a customized item with your company name on it is just the thing! A calendar, bag or tumbler is a great item to show your appreciation. Not only does it show your appreciation, but it also promotes your business for others to see. That sounds like a win-win to me!
These are just 3 examples of how one can show an employee their appreciation this March. Of course, there are several other ways you can do this and remember, no gesture is too small. Recently here at W.B. Mason we have been giving shout-outs in our weekly department meetings. Being recognized in front of the entire department, by one of your colleagues, gives you that extra nudge that what you are doing is important and being recognized. Just another great way of showing your appreciation to your colleagues!
To sum this up, there is no gesture that is too small that will go unnoticed or unappreciated. An email, card or customized product is a great gesture to show your appreciation this year that has been difficult for everyone.