According to the research conducted by Gary Chapman and Paul White the authors of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, people feel appreciated in 5 different categories: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Tangible Gifts and Physical Touch (that last one is not appropriate for the workplace!). Given our workplace climate, we will focus on the first four. As you think about your workplace, showing your appreciation in a variety of forms will be the best way to reach your diverse team.
Employee Appreciation Day Formula --->
food + gift, act of service, or event + handwritten note of appreciation = employees who feel appreciated
Locally sourced bagels
Healthy, delicious, catered lunch
Gift, Act of Service, or Event:
Schedule a chair massage therapist to come to your office
Car wash (or car wash gift card)
Magazine subscription (how about Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc.?)
A special book
Bottle of wine
Use chalk on the sidewalk outside your office to draw your appreciation: 'Our team ROCKS!' If your team is large, have a few of your leaders meet you early in the morning to help cover the sidewalk with appreciation of everyone on your team. You could even use alliteration to match the first letter of their first name with an adjective such as: Can-do Carly or Sales Slugger Sam.
Handwritten Note of Appreciation:
Write handwritten notes of appreciation for each person on your team.
Finally, it’s not about how significant your appreciation day events or gifts are, it’s how much love goes into the act of appreciating your team members. Something simple with buckets-full of appreciation can be magnificent.