Five ideas for Employee Appreciation Day, and every day

By Higginbotham on March 05 , 2014

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What do you have planned for Employee Appreciation Day? Perhaps, like many employers, you’re still hunting for a good way to let your employees know you care. We thought we’d share some ideas to help you out.

Here are five inspiring ways to make your employees’ day:

#5: Fun in the break room. Hire a massage therapist for the day. Rent a karaoke machine. Get your employees to vote on a movie, then install a projector and make some popcorn. Do a murder mystery in the office after working hours with a box of costumes to rummage through.

#4: Lunch and kudos. Who doesn’t love a free lunch along with some well-deserved recognition? Think up some fun awards, then let your employees nominate each other this week. (Have them write each other’s names on a slip of paper and drop them into a jar for each category.) On Friday, cater lunch or ask everyone to bring their favorite dish to share, and announce the winners. Want to seal the deal? Surprise everyone with a gift card afterward.

#3: Long weekend. No budget? Not enough time to plan? When all else fails, you can always give your employees the gift of some PTO. Knock off early; go have some fun.

#2: Surprise field trip. Take them roller skating. Jet-boating. Visit a national landmark. Throw a picnic in the park. Or, go rock climbing. You can even hire a team-building facilitator to make the event extra meaningful.

#1: Retirement savings assistance. Now, in addition to whatever type of celebration you choose, consider taking the appreciation up a notch all year round by offering your employees a retirement plan. This is one of the most meaningful things you can do to demonstrate your appreciation in a way that really matters. Most Americans (80%) don’t believe they’ll be able to save enough to retire, and they’re right: more than 1 in 10 retirees today are living below the poverty line. That’s a serious problem! The good news is, according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, people with a 401(k) of 30 years or better should have enough to live comfortably after retirement.

Let us know if you’d like to learn more about establishing a retirement plan for your company. We have the expertise to assist you with any type of plan – from 401(k)s to defined benefit plans and 403(b)s. We also offer extensive plan administration services to ensure a seamless, hassle-free experience for your company.

Tell your employees you appreciate them. Give them something fun to look forward to. And while you’re at it, help them save for a better future.


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