5 Employee Appreciation Day Ideas Your Team Will Love

5 Employee Appreciation Day Ideas Your Team Will Love

By Handy Store Fixtures
Posted in Store Management
On February 25, 2019

If you’re reading this, you already know that showing appreciation to your employees will lead to better job performance. What you may not know is that Employee Appreciation Day 2019 is right around the corner (March 1st), and there is no better time to show your team that you value the hard work they do every day.

Ready to impress your staff and show them just how much you care about them? Keep reading for 5 employee appreciation day ideas your employees will love.


Games may not be your first thought when it comes to appreciating your employees, but everyone will love the opportunity to goof off with their coworkers and take a step away from their stations. For a list of “safe for work” employee appreciation day games, we recommend checking out this list.

Team Breakfast or Lunch

Who doesn’t love a great breakfast or lunch? Whether you bring food in or take a quick trip to a local eatery, treating your employees to a meal will show your appreciation and incite positive, productive conversation that can benefit your business. Additionally, taking your company out to eat will show them that you understand the importance of taking breaks.

Give a Shoutout on Social Media

Do your employees spend time on social media? If your business has a social media presence, consider publishing a post highlighting the talent and skill of your team. This post can come in the form of a group photo, branded graphic, or a video collage of photos from past company outings. You may also consider posting a few employee appreciation day quotes to show your followers you recognize the value of good workers.

Coffee Break

That afternoon lull gets the best of us. One way to make this employee appreciation day truly amazing is by treating your entire staff to a coffee break (or another beverage, depending on their preferences). Consider taking a walk to a nearby coffee shop to get your employees outside for a few minutes, or purchase a Box O’ Joe from Dunkin Donuts or any other supplier.


Last but not least, consider giving your employees a gift to show your appreciation. If your budget is limited, a small gift such as a $5 gift card will suffice. If you know what your employees’ interests are, consider buying something more personal, and if you’re simply out of ideas, check out this list of gifts for inspiration.

Employee appreciation day only comes once a year, but it’s important to note that you should take the time to recognize your team’s dedication every chance you get. Employees will value the respect you give and motivate them to go above and beyond in their roles.

We hope these ideas inspire you to do something nice for your team on employee appreciation day. If you’re looking for additional tips and resources for managing your small business, follow us on Twitter or check out our other business management blogs.

Handy Store Fixtures

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Headquartered in Corning, New York, Handy Store Fixtures is a United States leading store fixture supplier providing the highest-quality retail display fixtures. We provide independent retailers with a variety of shelving and display options and services designed making the store shelving layout process simple.