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Employee Appreciation Day Should Be Everyday

Employee Appreciation Day 2019, which was on March 6, is a great opportunity to show your employees that you appreciate them for their hard work. But, one day a year is not enough! A recent article for Harvard Business Review makes the case that “Companies with strong recognition programs enjoy increased productivity, lower job turnover, and greater returns on investment than other companies in the same industries.”

The article highlights 9 different employee appreciation ideas. While many point to high-ticket items like dinners or tickets to a big game, it is also beneficial to show employees that they are appreciated with smaller gestures. Regular appreciation provides long term value by increasing employee engagement and satisfaction. Thoughtful swag can provide a meaningful gesture without breaking the bank and enhance company culture.

Ideas for employee appreciation gifts that your employees will appreciate (and actually use):

Cocoon Urban Adventure Slim – This is one of our favorite backpacks here at swag.com. It’s got padded compartments for your laptop and other tech products and room for everything you need for a day-trip or the daily commute into the office.

Dempsey Split Weekender Bag – This bag is great for employees that travel. The split pack style bag opens into two zippered mesh compartments perfect for easy packing and organization for an overnight trip.

Hive Bluetooth Speaker – This speaker sounds as good as it looks cool. You can listen to a single unit or pair multiple units together to listen to music in every room of your home or office. This is a great gift that your employees will want to earn more than once.

Corkcicle Canteen – Everybody loves (and needs) a good water bottle. This option will allow your employees to keep their drinks cold or hot throughout the day.  And is also a good eco-friendly option for your office.

Fit Tracker Smart Watch – You can show your employees you appreciate them and that you can for their well-being with this fitness tracker watch. Promote health and fitness with this customized watch that tracks daily steps, calories, monitors sleep and much more!

Employee Rewards

Another successful tactic that Harvard Business review article points out is empowering employees to reward each other. This approach allows employees to reward their colleagues points. Accumulated points can then be redeemed for rewards. The rewards are often gift cards or bonus time-off. But, another option is to have an employee swag store where employees can redeem points for custom products.

Small gestures can go a long way in improving your employee and staff appreciation efforts. So, don’t wait until Employee Appreciation Day to reward employees and show them the love. Mix it up and, most importantly, make it a regular thing.

At Swag.com you can order much more than the items listed above. We have a wide range of products for team members and company-wide events, including custom branded t-shirts, laptop cases, bags, accessories and more. Don’t see what you are looking for or need some additional ideas, drop us a line.