All employees know the date they were hired, and it is important to acknowledge an employee’s dedication and service to you and your company on their anniversary. If you are an office manager who has been asked to come up with some employee anniversary recognition ideas, or if you own a business and need some ideas about how to recognize your employees’ anniversaries, PaperDirect has some great ideas that will let your employees know you appreciate their years of service to you. Whether it’s one year or twenty years, employee anniversary recognition is crucial and will be appreciated by the employee you honor, even if it’s just a small gesture.
If you own or manage a large company, you should create some type of system to keep track of employees’ hire dates. Even if you manage only a few employees, it’s important to have an organized system to know the hire dates for everyone, from the mail room to the board room. Everyone’s anniversary should be recognized in some way.
While some employees are fortunate enough to get raises each year as a way of recognition, in tough economic times, a monetary reward is not always possible to recognize an employee’s anniversary. There are many creative, inexpensive ways you can recognize an employee’s service that are meaningful and will be cherished by that employee for years to come.
Think of an employee’s anniversary as a career birthday, so make your recognition sincere, meaningful and personal. Giving an employee a pen with the company logo or a coffee mug that says “World’s Greatest Employee” shows very little thought and effort. While employee anniversary recognition does not have to be formal and costly, it must be genuine.
A handwritten note or thank you card is thoughtful and inexpensive. Instead of sending an email, take the time to write a personal note to the employee and mention something unique he/she has contributed to the company. This is much more meaningful than a generic email that reads “Happy third year anniversary. Thanks for your hard work.” Write something that will let that employee know you truly appreciate the specific contributions he/she has made to the success of your company. Employee recognition motivates and provides incentive for continuing hard work.
Many large companies often have a “group” celebration for anniversaries, but it’s much more thoughtful to acknowledge an employee’s anniversary separately. If the employee’s anniversary falls on a weekend (or a day he/she is not working), then acknowledge the anniversary the day before the actual date. On special anniversaries, like five, ten or fifteen years, managers should mark the occasion with an extra special gift. Here, you may have to spend more money, but keep in mind that your employees have contributed to your success and profit, so why not give a little back by purchasing a nice gift?
When giving gifts to employees on their anniversary, do your research. Find out what your employees’ interests are such as hobbies, favorite restaurants, special talents they have, etc. This will make the employee anniversary gift more personal and will show the employee you took the time to find out a little bit about him or her. Giving the employee a choice from a selection of gifts is a great way to ensure the employee gets something he/she will really enjoy.