• Lisa Fedrizzi

Elevating Appreciation

Recognition and appreciation are known for being two of the key motivational factors in the workplace.





Bob Nelson, one of Recognition Professionals International founding board members, created the unofficial holiday of Employee Appreciation Day and collaborated with his publishing company, Workman Publishing, to make the holiday appear prominently on workplace calendars in 1995. The employee recognition movement was born and continues to this day. Over the last 25+ years, the holiday has grown larger, with many organizations elevating the appreciation and recognition of their employees.


2020 was an unprecedented year for companies, agencies and the workforce. Companies had to change their day-to-day operations from an office setting to a remote setting, which was not an easy feat for many. The employee experience™ changed and as a result, recognition and appreciation had to adjust to this new way of work.


The value of appreciation in the workplace is immeasurable. Connection with your employees, especially in a remote environment, showcasing recognition and praise for work done well drives satisfaction and engagement, which in turn boosts revenue and productivity.


What can you do to help elevate appreciation not just on Employee Appreciation Day?


  • Send a note expressing your gratitude for a job well done.

  • Communicate what Employee Appreciation Day means to you and your company.

  • Reward an employee with a few extra hours during the week for perhaps an extended lunch, late start, or early end of the day.

  • Peer to Peer recognition program.

  • Create memorable and small moments for your employees – authentic appreciation for little things creates genuine foundational appreciation.

  • Add an employee or team to your ‘about us’ section on your website or create social content for your social pages highlighting your recognition of their work.

  • Create an opportunity for your employees to pitch their ideas to your leadership team. Encourage strategic thinking at all levels through thinktanks like an Employee Empowerment Lab. This allows you to show how appreciative you are for their big ideas.


Employee recognition and appreciation have a tremendous impact on your company culture. Can you use this day as a springboard for a program for the rest of your year? Yes, you can! By doing this, you can create a purposeful and meaningful experience for all your employees.


How are you looking to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day this year?