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Let's All Forget To Remember Employee Appreciation Day

It's almost time for Employee Appreciation Day, the one day of the year when managers are supposed to value employees for their importance to the workplace. Can I get an unenthusiastic "yay" and another status update ASAP?

This year, Employee Appreciation Day is Friday, March 1. By my calendar that's a little over two weeks away, which gives managers time to plan ahead. Ha ha ha, who are we kidding! Your direct supervisor is going to forget again, just like he or she did last year, and the year before that and the year before that. That is just the way it is, especially in this unenthusiastic economy. Maybe your boss hasn't remembered Employee Appreciation Day since we started celebrating it in 1995. Here's to all your years of no appreciation on Employee Appreciation Day, now get back to your pop-up office and make ten cold calls. Bummer.

On that note, perhaps it would be scarier if your direct supervisor actually remembered to "save the date" after all these years of not remembering. Why is she suddenly giving you a nice, signed card and a gift card to Chili's? Oh no, this can't be good. What is she planning behind the scenes!? Maybe Chili's is hiring? In this economy, it is important to appreciate employees' sense of impending doom.

If you're thinking, "Hey, enough with the manager bashing because I'm going to surprise employees on Friday, March 1 by appreciating them somehow!" then there are many ways to mark the occasion with food, gifts, frivolity and the like. Spring for the good sandwiches this time. Your over-worked employees sandwiched between deadlines will appreciate the upgrade in quality. It's been a long recession.

Or you can simply thank employees for their hard work and then refrain from asking for another status update or "emergency" meeting all day long. Nothing says "we appreciate you" to employees quite like leaving them alone to get the work done. No, really. Try it. It works.

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  2. Hi, nice post, my sentiments exactly. I was tying to find out the history of this holiday, it sounds a little manufactured but the intent is good.

    At MeritShare, we are trying to eliminate all barriers to recognition by making easy and fun. We even have a free tier, so there are no excuses to say thanks. We set up our service to provide peer-based recognition so if management is lacking in this area, employees can take matters in their own hands We call this the democratization of appreciation.

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  3. Thanks, Kevin! Here's a link to the holiday's history: http://www.recognition.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=495. I hope this helps. Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Yes it does, thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

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