How To: Make Employee Appreciation Day Count

photo: Inc. Magazine

Happy Employee Appreciation Day! Oh, you forgot? We're guessing your employees didn't, so we're here to help you save face with a few last minute ideas to show your employees the love and gratitude they deserve. Matthew Swyers from Inc. Magazine compiled a set of 7 suggestions to get the ball rolling.

Free Food.  It is often said the way to a person's heart is through their stomach.  The same principle applies for work.  Start the day off by bringing in a tray of doughnuts or other delectable treats for the office.  Follow it up with lunch. And don't forget the mid-afternoon Starbucks break wherein everyone gets their favorite beverage from the iconic company. 

Happy Hour.  If your office is more social, consider forwarding around a quick e-mail in the morning inviting everyone to a Happy Hour at the company's expense.  For an extra kicker, shut down the office an hour or so early as a surprise and send everyone to the bar.

Half-Day With Pay. Let's assume you want to make it easy on yourself and don't mind the office losing a little productivity on a Friday.  One quick e-mail saying you are closing after a half day in appreciation of your employee's efforts will go a long way.  Then close it down after noon and let them decide how they want to enjoy their day.

Gift Cards.  Although screaming "I forgot about National Employee Appreciation Day so I quickly ran to the local drug store and got this gift card for you" gift cards are, actually, a nice and appreciated gift.  They are an easy way of quickly saying thanks and, as aforementioned, can be picked up at almost any drug store or grocery store nearby.

Read Swyer’s article here for more ways to show your employees some serious appreciation.