By Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter

Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

While it’s important for morale and organizational culture to show your employees your appreciation year round, today is the official day of the year to show your team how much they mean to you.

Showing appreciation is beneficial to your organization, and it’s on the rise. According to a survey by Globoforce:

  • Employee recognition is on the rise
  • Frequent recognition correlates directly with employee satisfaction
  • Search for greener pastures of recognition fuels employee turnover
  • Appreciation is the foundation for motivation


This begs the question – “How do you show appreciation to your employees?

15 Ways to Show Your Appreciation


There are endless ways to show your appreciation. The important thing to keep in mind is to show it in a way that makes sense based on your company, industry, and culture. Here are some great ways to show your appreciation today, and any other day of the year:

  1. A simple thank you
  2. Public recognition for a job well done (through company email/memo, during a staff meeting)
  3. An employee of the month program
  4. Recognize those who engage in professional development and seek to better themselves
  5. Company luncheons and potlucks – this gives your team a break from work and helps to build morale
  6. Give your employees some flexibility in their work schedule (if possible)
  7. Celebrate milestones (company anniversaries, birthdays)
  8. Send thank you notes to employees who go above and beyond
  9. Have a year-end company party
  10. Team building events – ask your employees for input on things they enjoy doing
  11. Invest in your employees – send them to workshops and conferences
  12. Bring in coffee and donuts just because
  13. Implement summer Fridays at your office – let your team leave early to enjoy the summer weather whenever possible
  14. Have fun contests to see who can make the most sales, be the most productive, come up with new ideas
  15. Start a mentoring program and show how much you care about your employees’ development

Learn More About How to Improve Employee Satisfaction and Reduce Turnover

To learn more about employee satisfaction, engagement, how to reward your team, and minimize turnover, check out these great blog posts from our Toronto headhunters:

Want to Keep Your Top Employees? Try the ‘Stay Interview’

5 Easy to Implement Recruitment and Retention Strategies

Recruiting Trends: MOST of Your People Are Willing to Leave

5 Elements That Will Hurt Your Organizational Culture


IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Bruce Powell Executive Search

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

Hire Better,
Hire Smarter
73.3% of our clients are repeat customers. They trust us to help them hire better.
Hire Better
The Smarter Way to Find Your Next Job
Because smart people make great companies.
Get Hired