The following article was contributed by Carol Wood, People Operations Director at Homebase. Read more employee management posts from Homebase and other Staffing & Human Resources articles here on the Clover blog.
A few weeks ago, we asked some Clover businesses how they’d be celebrating Employee Appreciation Day on March 3rd. We were blown away not just by the number of responses we received from owners planning a celebration, but also by the thoughtfulness of every response. Themes that emerged from what businesses did: giving their team members community service opportunities, and the ever-popular reward–feeding them.
Here are some of our favorites:
Gigi’s Cupcakes—Lafayette, Indiana
Emily, owner of the delightful bakery, took the opportunity to celebrate her employees while also celebrating her community.
“We bake all our products fresh each day–cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies and more–and we bake a lot of love into them. At the end of each night I take donations out to servants within our local community, [including] police, firefighters, EMTs, social workers and teachers.
This year for Gigi’s Team Appreciation Day, Emily enlisted her entire team to help her bake and distribute an additional 500 mini cupcakes to Lafayette’s community servants as a thank you. The staff was paid for their service, same as they would be for a “normal” work day.
“Our Greater Lafayette area is full of amazing people and is an awesome community! It may not seem like this is for the team, but if you knew our team you would understand our personalities: spreading the cupcake love generates smiles, warms the heart and helps everyone feel like a bigger part of the team.”
Pigtails and Crewcuts—Greensboro, North Carolina
Children’s barbershop owner Angel planned to celebrate employees and customers alike on Employee Appreciation Day this year by engaging in a little cosplay, perfect for Pigtails and Crewcuts’ primary clientele of kids and their parents.
“We all dressed up as superheroes because my team is what makes my business super! I had their favorite lunch catered in and, because we work with children, we threw a huge superhero party for all the kids to spend time with their favorite superheroes.”
Norm’s News—Kalispell, Montana
Beth, the owner, really showed her love for her team on Employee Appreciation Day.
In her words: “I am proud of my employees—of what they learn here and how they are connecting with people. While I am their boss, I prefer to think of myself as their coworker. I employ 30-plus teenagers, and they deserved a fun night out on me!”
Beth turned their old-fashioned soda shop into a disco dance joint. Norm’s News added a disco ball and mood lighting, removed the tables for a dance floor, and brought in a catered food buffet.
“Today, technology and screens are the focus of too many teens’ lives. While appreciating all that technology has to offer, especially Homebase—as I firmly believe I would go clinically insane going back to pencil-paper schedules—I love that my teenage employees are gaining such important face-to-face skills on the job. The ‘We Are Family Silent Disco Night’ was an amazing opportunity for me to show my employees that I appreciate them and how they invest themselves in Norm’s News.”
The next Employee Appreciation Day is March 3rd, 2018, so start planning! In the meantime, how did you celebrate this year?
Carol is People Operations Director at Homebase. With free online tools and mobile apps for managers and employees, Homebase eliminates the paperwork and headaches of scheduling, payroll, and team communication for local business.
At Homebase, Carol focuses on providing thought leadership, tips and tricks, and scalable HR solutions for the 50,000 businesses that Homebase serves. Prior to Homebase, Carol focused on helping small and medium businesses navigate the tricky waters of human resources, working with companies across the retail, food service, oil and gas, and healthcare industries through her roles as HR Director at Fuddruckers and Achilles Group, a Houston Based HR consulting firm. In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with her son Dayton, and watching Alabama football (RTR).
[image: Employee Appreciation Day at Pigtails and Crewcuts]
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