Looking for creative ways to engage and retain your workforce? Invest some time and resources into planning an employee appreciation event. Whether it’s a family carnival or an ice cream social, the effort you make in putting these activities together will show your team members that their contributions make a difference for the company. Small acts like planning these events have the power to increase morale and job satisfaction, especially when raises and bonuses are not financially feasible. Below are a few of the benefits you’ll gain from hosting an event to celebrate your employees:
Shows Your Loyalty
Activities like these show your team members that your organization appreciates the work that they do. The time and energy you spend making your staff members feel like valued employees will make them more likely to show loyalty to your organization.
Levels the Playing Field
Employee appreciation events allow managers and their direct reports to interact with each other in a less formal setting. These events often show both groups that they are more alike than they thought. Learning each others’ similarities helps unite teams.
Blends Work Life with Home Life
Events that invite employees and their families to enjoy themselves demonstrate that as an employer, you care about their life inside and outside of work. Employees depend on and value the support they receive at home, especially if they are working longer hours or dealing with more tasks. Treating your team members’ families is a great way to get to know them better and say thank you for their service.
Strengthens the Workplace Community
Employee appreciation activities are great for team building. When employers dedicate time and resources to these events, employees can see that their company values them. Hosting staff parties and other events that support your workforce will unite your team and strengthen your organization’s culture.
For more ideas on recognizing your employees, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.
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