Best Employee Appreciation Ideas to Create a Positive Work Environment

Adriana Girdler

Activities that will make your employees feel appreciated and empowered! Are you looking for some ideas on how to show your employees that they are …

Activities that will make your employees feel appreciated and empowered!

Are you looking for some ideas on how to show your employees that they are an integral part of your team?

Showing appreciation is an important and effective way to encourage a positive and motivating work environment. Here are some ideas on how you can make your employees feel genuinely appreciated!

  1. Field trips

One way to show employee appreciation is to take your team on fun field trips. Find out from them what activities they would be interested in doing and then make it happen!

The options for what to do are endless. My team has done everything you can think of for field trip days: dinners, pedicures, going to a live musical production, painting lessons, and even horseback riding.

Finding out what your team would be interested in doing is a really great way to get to know them and bond over something fun.

  1. Work anniversaries

We tend to put emphasis on birthdays, but a work anniversary is also a big deal. Keep track of your employees’ work anniversaries so you can celebrate them!

Sending a simple “congrats” over email can go a really long way. Or you can even give a gift that’s appropriate based on how many years that individual has worked with the organization. This is a simple but meaningful way to acknowledge the hard work the individual does for the organization.

  1. Town hall meetings

This might sound a little more serious than the other suggestions, but this is a great way to encourage collaboration and make employees feel heard and cared about.

Company town hall meetings usually consist of bringing in the whole organization, including the senior management. This is an opportunity for employees to ask senior management some really good questions.

When you take the time to bring everyone together, it shows your employees that their opinion matters and that they are truly important.

More Employee Appreciation Ideas

These aren’t the only ideas I want to share with you to try with your employees! I made a video over on YouTube that goes into detail about a couple more employee appreciation ideas so that you can find the ones that are perfect for you and your team.

Head over to YouTube with me to check it out!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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