5 Ways You Can Show Your Staff Appreciation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, March 2, is Employee Appreciation Day. You don’t necessarily need to do anything elaborate to make your staff feel special. Susan Gallagher, a district manager for Insperity in Kansas City, offers these tips for recognizing your employees tomorrow:

  1. Surprise employees with special treats to kick off the day. A bagel spread or personalized orders from a local coffee shop will set a nice tone for the rest of the day.
  2. Give a gift. A substantial, unexpected gesture, such as a gift card to a nice restaurant or an e-reader device, is sure to be appreciated.
  3. Make a personal gesture. Write thank you notes to each employee for their contributions to the organization, or have a brief one-on-one meeting to acknowledge the employee.
  4. Arrange for a half-day off-site. Select a location where employees can relax and socialize out of the office such as a group lunch, bowling or a half day at a local park if the weather is nice.
  5. Plan an activity. Make Employee Appreciation Day fun with a workplace activity such as an ice cream social, professional in-office massages, or a chili cook-off where employees can compete for a prize.
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Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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