Celebrating Your Team: Why it Matters

This Friday, March 3, companies across the United States and Canada will celebrate Employee Appreciation Day – a day dedicated to providing leaders, HR professionals, and Executives with an opportunity to thank, or in Edible® terms, “WOW” their teams.

TheSocialWorkplace.com recently shared some staggering data related to the recognition of employees.  Without a doubt, employees who are recognized in the workplace tend to be more motivated, work harder, and usually stay with companies longer than those whose hard work isn’t typically acknowledged.

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This Friday, take a few minutes over bagels, a luncheon, or even a fruit arrangement to thank your team for all they do. More importantly, I encourage your Management Team to put some time on the calendar to discuss ways to recognize hard work – not just on March 3, but throughout the year, too! Employee appreciation truly makes a positive impact on drive, effort, and retention, so it only makes sense to invest in that initiative.   

If you’re looking for a few fun ideas to get the conversation started, here are 3 ways we celebrate our team at the Edible® corporate office that you can incorporate into your workplace, too:

1. Celebrate employee birthdays!

You can do this as a group event by providing a treat for the team the first Monday of every month. Post the names of each person celebrating a birthday that month in a community area or make an announcement during a celebratory gathering!

2. Weekly “WOWs”

Each week, we hold a company-wide meeting where individual employees can publicly thank others with a “WOW” for a job well done or for help they provided. If your company doesn’t typically host a weekly meeting, don’t worry! Keep a whiteboard or corkboard in a public space where you and your team can post “WOWs” to recognize the efforts of others. (Bonus points if you throw in a small thank you gift, too!)

3. Fresh Fruit Fridays

Provide a fresh, guilt-free treat each Friday morning for the team to enjoy such as fruit salads, smoothies, or fruit parfaits. This will give employees the opportunity to take a quick break, catch up with co-workers, and maybe even discuss a project over a pick-me-up. They’ll appreciate the time away from their desks!

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