Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day is a day which is celebrated on the first Friday in March and is a day for employers to thank their employees for the hard work they have done all year. Although it is usually considered to be a non-official holiday, it is a time for employers and bosses to strengthen the bonds that exist between them and their employees.

History of Employee Appreciation Day

While the origins of this holiday may be a little bit fuzzy, some people believe that it began in the mid-1990s. This is when a calendar was released that featured the holiday on it. If this is true, then this holiday was imprinted on calendars that were published by Workman Publishing. According to several sources, the holiday was conceived by Recognition Professionals International’s founding Board member, Bob Nelson – who was a member of this publishing company.

Employee Appreciation Day Customs & Celebrations

While this holiday is observed in the United States, it isn’t a public holiday so government buildings, post offices and business will not be closed on this day. However, it is a day when many employers take the time to show their staff a little bit of appreciation. They can do this in several different ways. For instance, they could treat their employees to either breakfast or lunch. They can also host a party for their employees. Also, the workers can be given the day off or employers can have them participate in some form of team-building exercise.  Employers can also take pictures of the staff and post them to the company’s social media pages.

Where is Employee Appreciation Day celebrated?

This year (2017):
United states (Mar 3)
Last year (2016):
United states (Mar 4)
Next year (2018):
United states (Mar 2)