Every spring, 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.
Additionally, lots of feedback suggests that managers really impact the overall wellbeing of the staff and employee morale! For example, TheSocialWorkplace.com also found the role of the manager accounted for almost 70% of employee engagement scores.
“The role of the manager is so significant that Gallup found that they account for 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement scores. The reasons managers influence this score are numerous and varied, but major reasons include that managers exemplify the behaviors that are desired of employees, they nurture employee growth, and are the conduit between employees and the broader organization.”
On Employee Appreciation Day, take a few minutes over bagels, a luncheon, or even a fruit arrangement to thank your team for all they do. More importantly, we encourage your Management Team to put some time on the calendar to discuss ways to recognize hard work – not just on Employee Appreciation Day (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.
Edible loves to celebrate everyday occasions, and nothing is more “everyday” than heading to the office! For example, “Celebrate what’s good in life” is a motto that we at Edible® live by every day, and although we’re all busy with meetings, long days, and putting in hard work, we recognize that it’s SO important to take a step back and celebrate each other. Our Chief Human Resources Officer, Ed Welsh shares below why taking a few minutes to recognize your team or even spending an afternoon enjoying fun, games, and food is crucial for success.
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! Or, for a small offices or individual celebrations, start with a nice card, add some simple decorations and top it off with a sweet treat! Office birthdays can be sweet, simple and satisfying!
For example, the Birthday Cookies & Drip Cakes™ Platter offers some delicious decorations and sweets for the entire office.
“This birthday catering platter is like an instant party, hand-delivered! It features a mouthwatering assortment of chocolate chip, sugar, white chocolate cranberry, and rocky road cookies. Plus, we even topped it with our signature pineapple Drip Cakes™ made with cake-shaped pineapple dipped in chocolate and decorated with colorful glaze, sprinkles, and real birthday candles. It’s perfect for celebrating birthdays at the office, at home, or even at school!”
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!) From simple gestures that brighten your day to grabbing you that cup of coffee when you are in a rush, we WOW each other all the time! To help, a simple and sweet treat helps us recognize each other!
For example, the Thank You Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Box offers a personal or team thank you for that most recent WOW.
We can’t think of a sweeter way to show your appreciation than with our legendary chocolate dipped strawberries! Each fresh strawberry is carefully hand-dipped in melt-in-your-mouth gourmet semisweet chocolate for a truly indulgent taste! Perfectly packaged in a custom Thank You box, this gift is an extra sweet way to say thank you!
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! Plus, with thousands of Edible locations around the country, it’s only a quick trip to the nearest Edible spot for a quick pick-me-up!
For example, stop by your local Edible location and pick up some custom-made strawberry smoothies.
“Strawberry smoothies make a healthy, delicious, and refreshing drink. Even better, they’re easy to make and ready in a snap when you’re in need of a snack or quick bite. Strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits around. They’re low in carbs and calories, but high in vitamin C, manganese, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. They work well with countless flavor combinations, making them a perfect addition to many smoothies.”
Alternatively, our Summer Fruits Platter is packed with all your favorite summers fruit favorites, including watermelon, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and more. It’s the perfect refreshing snack for the office to celebrate Fresh Fruit Friday.