Here at YouEarnedIt, Employee Appreciation Day is always circled on our calendars as a unique opportunity for recognition and reward ideas.

In the past, we’ve used our data to highlight 5 traits that deserve recognition and reflect on how to make every day Employee Appreciation Day. This year, we’re showcasing three recognition and reward ideas that we, along with our customers, put to use.

1. Proudest Moments

We love this Forbes leadership article telling companies to keep their high performers happy by using a “proudest moments list.” Noting research that employees rarely know where they stand performance-wise, it says that leaders can reduce anxiety and keep top performers motivated by asking “What are your proudest moments?” at the right times.

The YouEarnedIt platform has a similar idea baked into its functionality. “Activity Snapshots” give employees an at-a-glance summary of the skills and actions they’ve been recognized for, showing off your small victories and proudest moments alike:
YouEarnedIt recognition and reward ideas - activity snapshot

We often advise employees and leaders to bring Activity Snapshots to performance reviews. But they also shine mixed in with recognition and reward ideas for Employee Appreciation Day.

If you have a tool or platform for managing employee recognition at your company, try helping your employees relive their proudest moments this way.

2. Email templates for managers

Given their schedules, it isn’t always easy for every manager across the organization to coordinate recognition and reward ideas for Employee Appreciation Day, so why not help them?

This year, YouEarnedIt’s Customer Success team sent an example email template to companies we partner with. The intent is for admins to inspire the managers in their organizations to get Employee Appreciation Day on their radars and have meaningful messages hit every team as part of their overall Employee Appreciation Day efforts. Here’s how the editable template looked:

Hi there!

Friday, March 2, is Employee Appreciation Day! Knowing this, we wanted to send you a short note to say thank you for all of the hard work you do for our company. We truly wouldn’t be where we are as an organization without you!

We also encourage you use this holiday as a chance to share your appreciation for your team and celebrate the hard work they do, too.

From our team to yours, Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Strategic employee rewards programs

In the true spirit of making every day Employee Appreciation Day, one of the best possible recognition and reward ideas we’ve seen is to use the occasion to launch strategic employee rewards programs.

Employee Appreciation Day is sometimes chosen as “launch” day for YouEarnedIt customers. Of course, this takes more coordination to pull off, but unveiling a new initiative for recognizing and rewarding employees puts an incredible flourish on the holiday.

If, like us, you have Employee Appreciation Day circled on your calendar for next year and you’d like YouEarnedIt to walk you through recognition and reward ideas for your company, be sure to let us know.

About YouEarnedIt

YouEarnedIt is the employee experience platform powered by the science of motivation and the mission of improving the lives of employees everywhere, one company at a time. Founded in 2013, YouEarnedIt grows company culture and improves bottom-line performance metrics through its robust engagement platform that delivers recognition, rewards, incentives, and team insights. Named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Best Company Cultures in 2017, the Austin-based SaaS company and its technology platform are built on the four pillars of employee experience: connection, meaning, impact, and appreciation. To request a demo, visit www.youearnedit.com/demo.

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Skyler Rogers