Employee Appreciation Week 2023: 5 Ideas to Inspire You

Do you have employees who consistently produce great results that you want to keep around for the long run? Or maybe you have a team that isn’t hitting their goals as they used and you feel they could use some motivation.

Whatever the case might be, most likely all your employees can agree on one thing: A workplace built on appreciation motivates them to stay loyal and consistently produce positive results. A whopping 96% of employees believe appreciation is important in the workplace according to our recent study.

This Employee Appreciation Week (February 27th-March 3rd) is a great time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of your employees. Sending them gestures of appreciation doesn’t come at a high cost or take a lot of time on your part and there are solid proven benefits.

We’ve created five inspiring ideas for the most common work situations to show your appreciation. But simply giving a gesture isn’t going to help maximize the benefits. To make the moment stand out the secret is to be spontaneous.

The Surprise Factor: When it’s Least Expected it Will be More Meaningful

Employee Appreciation Week

Surprises can turn a dull week into a memorable one which shifts the workplace energy. Additionally, humans need surprise to increase dopamine and workplace engagement.

Here are some key moments you can give a gesture of appreciation this week:

  • Right when they enter the office
  • After employees have had an exhausting day
  • On Friday right before your employees leave for the weekend
  • During a typical weekly meeting

No matter what workplace challenge you are facing, use Employee Appreciation Week as momentum to have a strong quarter. Incorporate the surprise factor with these five ideas that will guarantee a positive response:

1. Unite Your Team With Fun Day Out

Team building activities are one of the most important investments in long term satisfaction in the workplace. They build trust, mitigate conflict, encourage communication, and increase collaboration. In fact, workplaces that practice exceptional teamwork perform 64% better than those that don’t.

The most effective and unforgettable team building events are ones that take teams out of the office during the day, not during the evenings or weekends, during their personal time. Offer up some options and have everyone take a vote. Doing this creates more excitement and encourages full participation. Ideas like scavenger-hunts, doing a philanthropy event, or just a picnic at a park, will help to re-energize the team and build a more authentic bond.

2. A Sales Competition With Incentives

Creating a little friendly competition with enticing incentives is a great way to motivate your team. It’s a foolproof way to rile up workplace excitement boosting productivity that leads to strong sales results.

Develop some fun and attainable milestones to reach.  Post up the results on a leaderboard so everyone can see. This will liven up the atmosphere and get people jazzed. Give gifts such as a movie night for two, a meal delivered, or charitable donations. All of this will positively impact the team while driving motivation and productivity.

3. Send a little Chocolate Their Way

If you’re sensing that your employees have been in a slump, chocolate might be your answer. It’s been proven to boost workplace productivity and improve overall happiness which makes it perfect for a slow month.

You can use the delicious treat in various scenarios: Taking a chocolate cake break with the team, sending boxes of chocolate, or even inviting everyone to a hot chocolate on a cold day. Whatever you decide, you can never go wrong with giving a tasty treat that has positive proven workplace benefits.

4. Who Doesn’t Like a Day to Relax?

A recent study stated that seven out of ten employees feel disengaged due to workplace burnout. If that’s not enough, burnout accounts for an estimated $125 billion to $190 billion in health-care spending.

Some of your employees might be under chronic pressure of meeting deadlines and high work demands which at it’s extreme can lead to resignation. If that’s the case, give your employee a day off with a gesture of appreciation like a spa treatment, a day of golf, or a comp day. It will show that you care for their well-being as much as their work performance.

5. Movie Night Breather For a 50+ Hour Week

An estimated 40% of U.S. employees frequently work more than 50 hours per week, and 20% work more than 60 hours per week. For many, there’s not enough time in the typical five day work week to accomplish everything which means there’s less “Me” time on weekends.

It can be tough to give a day off if you need an employee’s skills to close a crucial deal, but it’s definitely possible to give a weekend work warrior a breather. Sending them tickets for a night out at the movies can give them a chance to relax for a few hours. It will give them a chance to reboot to come back the next day with renewed energy to be productive.   

Employee Appreciation Week is Just the Beginning

Creating a workplace culture based on appreciation helps you keep valued employees happy and motivated, but it takes more than just one week to create it. The trick is to express consistent appreciation all year long.

90% of employees agree that recognition programs have a direct influence over engagement. So take advantage this week as an opportunity to begin building gratitude in the workplace. If you are wondering how to start, it literally takes seconds by sending a quick gesture of appreciation through Thnks.

Thnks makes it easy to incorporate gratitude into your daily workflow. In a few seconds, you can search for the perfect gift, personalize a note, and send it off via SMS or email. Interested in learning more? Sign up for a demo today!