This Friday, March 5, 2010, is designated as Employee Appreciation Day. (Created in 1995 as a way to focus employer attention on employee recognition, this “holiday” is traditionally observed the first Friday in March.)
Truthfully, I have mixed feelings about this day. Effective employee recognition shouldn’t be relegated to a once-a-year event, and smart managers know this. If employee recognition is already part of your organization’s culture and you want to honor this day, then have fun with it. (Here are some additional ideas to consider.)
BUT … if employee appreciation is alien to your workplace, forced observance won’t work. Employees know the difference between lip-service and sincere recognition.
Tell me what you think
Is some recognition better than none?