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61 Ideas for Celebrating Employee Appreciation Day

What is Employee Appreciation Day?

Employee Appreciation Day is a day of celebration to show employees how much their efforts and contributions are valued by you and your organization. The holiday was created in 1955 by Dr. Bob Nelson and is observed the first Friday of March each year. The day, which is fast approaching this year, falls on March 1st, 2019.

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5 Ways to Appreciate Employees on Valentine's Day (and every day)

Ah, Valentine's Day... some people love it, some people despise it, and some people just plain forget about it. Chances are you'll spend a good portion of the day among coworkers, managers and customers. Try keeping these five inspiring thoughts in your head and close to your heart, not just on Valentine's Day but every day. 

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Your 2018 Employee Holiday Gift Guide

With the holiday season fast approaching, there can be a lot of stress about what gifts to give (and what to keep for yourself). When it comes to your business, there’s no better gift you can give than the one you hardly need to think about but fits every employee perfectly. 

Awards Network’s employee incentive programs are a great way to keep your employees motivated and engaged, while also rewarding them with practical things that they actually want – because they can choose it themselves! Whether you have an employee incentive program in place already or are just thinking of starting one, take a look below at some of the brand name gift options available in our award catalog that make perfect gifts for yourself or to give to someone you know this season:

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15 Custom Website Samples to Spark Ideas for Your Employee Award Program

Have you ever had an awesome idea that would greatly benefit your employees, but found the creative side of the project was hanging you up? Too often we see great ideas be put to the wayside simply because a team may not be sure on how to implement the concept within their company’s framework. Launching an award program for your employees should be a fun and exciting time, as the benefits of a reward program are tremendous and impactful. Here at Awards Network, we want to also make sure your award program is simple, user-friendly, and, most importantly, customized to fit your exact vision.
We frequently help clients fuse their program ideas with their company’s brand and culture. Here are five unique trends, shown in 15 samples, that we've designed for our clients:

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Time for a Tune Up: How Music Can Boost Employee Engagement

Employees who are music lovers have a big advantage when it comes to boosting their energy in the workplace: it creates engagement and generates a positive mood. Plugging in can help employees regain focus and harness their energy to complete repetitive tasks, especially if coffee doesn’t do the trick. Some employers are on the fence about allowing employees to enjoy music while they complete daily tasks because it can be perceived as a distraction rather than a benefit. Find out how music can boost engagement, morale and productivity throughout the day! 

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Think Outside the Box: Creative Ways to Reward Your Employees

If you are struggling with how to begin your employee recognition program, you are probably thinking about how you can award your employees. What criteria should you award in order to fulfill your program objectives? Your objectives and awards should be S.M.A.R.T. – Sincere, Meaningful, Adaptable, Relevant and Timely. This will help keep employees engaged in the program and motivated to move toward achievement. See below for some creative ways to award employees beyond years of service, retirement and safety awards.

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Create a Recognition Program Your Employees Will Love [Bonus: Survey Question Ideas]

It’s no surprise that when employees feel unappreciated they are less productive in their job roles. Because of this, employers are continually finding themselves struggling with high turnover rates and trying to find creative ways to boost morale and overall employee performance. Simply put, happier employees frequently leads to higher productivity and increased profit for the business. In fact, companies with formal engagement programs realized a 26% higher change in annual revenues than all others

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13 Scary Statistics About Employee Engagement [Infographic]

Are you curious about creating a successful company culture? Start with employee engagement. Why? The more your employees are engaged, the more committed they are to their work and the more they care about the success of your company. Companies should always strive to keep employee engagement high, but sometimes efforts fall short. In the spirit of Halloween, here are 13 scary statistics that prove we can all be doing a better job at improving employee engagement.

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33 Creative Employee Recognition Program Names and Themes

Picking an employee recognition program name isn't always easy. The name you choose will set the tone for the life of your program and a creative, fun and engaging name will help attract your employees to participate. A catchy name will help your employees remember your program too. If you're trying to choose a name and are looking for suggestions, check out these 33 creative employee recognition program names as inspiration.

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Sample Employee Appreciation Messages for Years of Service Awards

It's important to recognize employees on their service anniversaries and significant milestones. Many companies give years of service awards to their employees and write a message of appreciation to accompany the award. If you're struggling to find the words to write to your employee for their years of service milestone, check out these 12 sample employee appreciation messages for inspiration to help get you started!

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