7 Ideas For Creative Employee Rewards For Employee Appreciation Day


If you're not sure what to do for employee appreciation day, we have some ideas...

With March now here, that gives us all plenty to look forward to, with brighter days and nicer weather (fingers crossed!). But that’s not all March brings, there’s also Employee Appreciation Day. The perfect time to show your employees how grateful you are for all the hard work they do every day.

Rewards are great for employees, but also your business. They not only show your gratitude and appreciation, but they also help boost morale, employee satisfaction, productivity and create a workplace culture people are proud to be a part of.

If you’re not sure what to give your employees as a reward, we have 7 ideas you could try…


No-cost rewards:

Rewarding your employees, doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are some simple ways you can give back to your employees without you having to spend anything.

1. Finishing early on a Friday

We all love a Friday, it’s the day before the weekend, we might even be treating ourselves to a takeaway. But what can make it even better? Letting your employees finish work early. Giving them the afternoon off is a great way to say thanks and allows them to take a well-needed break. Whether they use it to catch up on chores or their latest Netflix show, they’ll come back on Monday feeling happy and refreshed. And it doesn’t cost you anything.

2. Time for personal development

In a similar vein to finishing early on a Friday, giving your employees some time to dedicate to personal development is a great way to reward hard work and allow them to upskill. This could be a regular reward too, whether it’s an afternoon a month, or a day every now and again. There’s plenty of courses, webinars and reading that we all want to do, but it can be difficult to find the time in between video conferences and their work commitments. Having that dedicated time can really help.

3. A personalised note from senior leaders

It’s always nice to get thanked for our efforts, whether it’s an email or a letter, thanking your employees with a personalised note from senior leaders is a great, no cost way, to show your appreciation. Plus, it shows your employees their hard work is getting noticed by the whole business.


Rewards for everyone:

If you’re looking to reward everyone, there are a couple of options that would work for you, no matter what size team you have.

4. Vouchers

If you’re not sure what your employees would want as a reward, vouchers are always a great option. You could either let them pick what they fancy or get managers to personalise the vouchers to what their team might want. Plus, there’s plenty of options to choose from, you’re bound to find something for everyone.

5. Reloadable cards

If you want to make rewarding a regular occurrence, then reloadable cards are the perfect option for you. With our prepaid cards, you can get it designed with your logo and branding, and simply top up your employee’s cards anytime you want to say thanks.


For a whole team to enjoy:

It’s been a while since we’ve all been able to get together for a celebration with our teams, but there are some options that you can do even virtually.

6.Organise an online experience

Whether its cocktail making, a bake along or making pizza together, there are many online experiences that you can use to reward your team. If you have a hobbyist chef or cocktail connoisseur in your business, ask if they’d be willing to run a session for their team. Or there are plenty of business who can run these events for you. As an extra surprise, you could send out the equipment they need in the post.

7. Arrange a virtual team lunch

Without office break rooms, we don’t often get to sit down with our colleagues and just chat about life. So why not send out vouchers for a delivery service to teams and give them an hour or more break, with strictly no work talk allowed.


How we can help:

If you’re not sure where to start in creating your employee reward strategy, we can help. Get in touch with our experts today and they can help guide you how to implement a reward and recognition strategy your employees will really value.

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