There’s a lot of talk about what the most important part of your business is. There’s an argument to be made that, when you’re first starting out, the most important part of your business is your customers. After all, they’re the ones that patronize your business, use your services and products, and ultimately ensure that you’re successful at days end. Once a company has grown past a certain point, however, customers begin to have a contender for most important. When you have to hire employees to manage the extra business you can no longer handle alone, it’s time to recognize that Employee Appreciation Day was established for one reason. Without your employees, there’s no one to service your customers, which means you can’t keep your doors open.
History of Employee Appreciation Day
Employee Appreciation Day began, perhaps, as a response to Boss’s Day, where the employees were reminded of the importance of respecting and appreciating all that their bosses have done for them. In turn, it became necessary to encourage recognition of both sides of this very important equation. It is often too easy to forget that your employees are some of the most important assets your company can possess. We underestimate all the things they do for us, not just within the scope of their jobs, but above and beyond the scope of their jobs in keeping our business running smoothly.
It doesn’t matter whether your employees are part of a manufacturing facility, or merely work the phone all day handling billing and customer complaints, your business could not operate without them. There’s an old saying “An office can operate without a boss for a day, but not without a receptionist”, and that certainly stands as a clear reminder of all that our employees do, and just how important they can be to our businesses.
How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day
Celebrating Employee Appreciation Day is simple, and it’s right there in the name. Take the time to get to know your employees, maybe schedule a day where rather than coming in and spending the day hard at work, your employees (or part of them, you don’t have to appreciate them just on the holiday!) can sit down and get to know their management.
It could just be a card on their desk or a display of appreciation in the form of an email sent out through the company system. Whatever you do, make sure you remind these vital parts of your business just how important they are to you and the company. It’s sure to improve morale, and that improves performance as well!