Want to boost morale? Start celebrating milestones and accomplishments in the workplace. Employee anniversaries are an example of the type of milestones worthy of a celebration. Try these ideas for recognizing years of employment.
Make It Standard
Before you start celebrating work anniversaries, decide how and when you’ll celebrate. Having a standard way of celebrating creates consistency so employees don’t feel you’re showing favoritism. First, decide at home many years you’ll celebrate. You might recognize employees for every five years of work at the company, for example.
Throw a Party
One way to recognize employee anniversaries is by having a party or celebration. You can throw a simple celebration during work hours for the anniversaries, or have a formal celebration after work. If you do a banquet or similar formal celebration, plan one per year to recognize all of the anniversaries that year. If you do an informal celebration during work hours, you can have one each time an employee meets a milestone, or have one per month to celebrate all anniversaries within that month.
Give a Gift
Gifts are a popular way to celebrate employee anniversaries. The gifts typically increase in value the longer an employee works for the company. Examples of gift ideas include mugs, watches, work accessories or a gift chosen based on the employee’s personal interests. Gift certificates are also an option.
Hang It Up
Another option is to use a plaque or similar display on the wall. Each time an employee reaches a milestone, engrave his name on the plaque. This creates an ongoing display to show which employees have been loyal to the company.
Employees like to hear what they are doing well. Use an employee’s anniversary as a time to recognize his hard work. Write a letter that highlights his contributions to the company. Or ask his coworkers to write personal messages and praise in a card for the employee on his anniversary.