Today, March 6, 2020, is a very special day...Employee Appreciation Day!

Company culture lies at the heart of every organization. It defines the brand and if it’s developed well, it attracts clients to do business with you. It's also a major driver behind employee productivity. Fostering a great work environment will help to retain top talent.

Ensuring that your employees are aware that their work contributes to the success of your business will improve employee engagement, which can lead to more revenue.

You don’t have to offer a variety of free food every day to show your employees you appreciate them; there are other simple ways to show you care. Of course, you must find what works for your employees and be sure that the activities represent your brand’s values. The following ideas are low-cost ways of introducing additional appreciation into your organization:

Thank you notes.

We all love when other people tell us that they appreciate our contributions and value our accomplishments. Every month or so, ask your employees to write a few sentences for the people they work with. This will strengthen employee morale and the relationships that your co-workers have formed.

Guess that employee.

Send out a picture every week of an employee as a child. Those who guess right can be put into a raffle to win a prize. Plus, who doesn’t love looking at baby pictures?

You can even put a hint with the picture or a funny secret the employee might have (with their permission of course). This will bring people closer together. This could also be a great game to host at a team-building event!

Provide inspiration.

Send an inspirational quote every morning to motivate your employees to do their best that day. This does not take long, but the positive effects will last. Encourage people to share their favorites.


Giving to others is actually a gift for yourself. Encourage your employees to give back to the community by hosting a company charity event. Motivate them with an opportunity to work with each other to make a difference. A simple food drive can be enough to get people involved and to feel a stronger sense of self-worth.

Team-building events.

Take your employees away from the office and focus on learning more about one another. Consider visiting a place that could help your employees grow as a team. For example, heading to a go-kart track or playing laser tag will help get your team working together.

It may even provoke friendly competition. In addition, it's a great way to bond with your employees. Relating to your employees will increase productivity and enhance cohesive innovation.

Highlight celebrations.

Take the time to celebrate birthdays, engagements, or accomplishments. Ice cream socials are a fun and enjoyable way to give back to your employees and show your appreciation. Make sure they know that you care about their lives outside of the office.

Idea meetings.

Devote some time each week to an idea meeting. Inspire creativity by letting your employees talk about any ideas they might have, no matter how ridiculous. Feed off of each other and let your imaginations run wild.

These ideas could help build rapport among employees or even drum up great business tactics for your company. You may be surprised at what comes from people talking so openly.

Do you have any creative ideas? Let us know!

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.