Keeping employees engaged and motivated in the workplace is both necessary and rewarding. One way to acknowledge and show appreciation for employees’ roles, efforts, and achievements, as well as their diverse backgrounds and experiences, is to celebrate them throughout the year. 

National employee and workplace days are prime, morale-boosting opportunities for employee recognition that goes beyond the usual celebrations of a promotion or specific milestone.

When is employee appreciation day in 2023?

National employee appreciation day falls on the first Friday of March every year. For 2023, employee appreciation day falls on Friday, March 3, 2023. Employee appreciation day focuses on employees across all industries and is a day to celebrate and recognize all achievements and contributions. This is a special day and an opportunity for company-wide activities.

But employee appreciation can be expressed year-round, as there are several days, weeks, and months you can take advantage of to honor employees for who they are. 

With the help of National Today, we’ve compiled a list of some of 2023’s days, weeks, and months you may choose to celebrate, as well as nationally recognized history and heritage months that may hold special meaning in your workplace. Check out the list of employee appreciation day ideas below to view each month's employee celebrations!

Important note: This is not an exhaustive list and may be updated throughout the year.


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National History & Heritage Months to Consider

February: African American / Black History Month

Honor the accomplishments of African Americans throughout the history of the United States, and recognize the importance of Black history to the American story.

March: Women’s History Month

Celebrate the contributions women have made in American history and recognize the specific achievements of women in a variety of fields. 

May: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental to its success.

May: Jewish American Heritage Month

Honor the generations of Jewish Americans who made contributions to and helped form American history, culture, and society.

June: Pride Month

Recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on local, national, and international history. 

November: Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans, as well as the contributions they’ve made to the establishment and growth of the United States.

More Ways to Boost Employee Morale

Helping employees have a positive experience at work is key for improving job satisfaction. In addition to celebrating the days, weeks, and months listed above, you can also take a variety of specific actions in the workplace to show employee appreciation and keep employees motivated, such as company swag, gift cards, happy hour, trivia, ice cream or donuts in the break room, you name it! 

Whatever the celebration may be, enter the new year with these days, weeks, and months in consideration. Get your downloadable calendar!

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