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Are You Ready For National Employee Appreciation Day?

I was talking to a friend this morning and reminded him that tomorrow is National Employee Appreciation Day.

"Really? I didn't know there was such a thing," said my friend, whom I suspect speaks for most Americans.

But alas, tomorrow is in fact National Employee Appreciation Day, the day we've set aside since 1995 on the first Friday of March to honor employees for all they do. In this recession, employees might be doing the jobs of two or three people, so let's take a few minutes to pat them on the back for a job well done, shall we?

If you suddenly feel like you've forgotten your spouse's birthday and find yourself floundering for last-minute ideas to mark the occasion, there are tons of websites ready to help you out.

Or maybe you can simply take a few minutes to think about the things your employees might really see as a nice reward, from a catered lunch (buy the good sandwiches this time) to being able to leave an hour or two early with pay. Marking the occasion doesn't have to be expensive, though. The whole point is to let employees know that you know they're working hard.

So let's give a nice round of applause to America's employees. Keep up the good work!

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Update: Here's my 2012 post on the topic entitled How To Look Like You Remembered National Employee Appreciation Day, which includes handy tips for time-strapped managers.


  1. If an employee has shown that they have worked hard and put in the extra for their company, they definitely should be recognized. VIP parking spots, free food, and letting them know their work is being noticed are some examples of what you can do. There are plenty of employee recognition ideas that you can chose from to make your hard working employee feel they are appreciated!


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