Today's Employee Appreciation Day. Did you know and does it matter?
If today's the only day you appreciate your employees, don't bother.
If the only reason you appreciate your employees is because a random day on the calendar was designated Employee Appreciation Day by a random employee at an unknown marketing agency or greeting card company (who did make March 7 Employee Appreciation Day?), don't bother.
If you need to read a list of 7 Last Minute Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day to find an idea of how to celebrate your employees, don't bother.
Show a shred of integrity and ignore your employees like you do the other 364 days of the year. Their feelings won't change nor will their engagement. Your routines will remain the same. So ... don't bother with this confectionary holiday to assuage your guilt. You weren't guilty the rest of the year, right?
Instead, have the courage to announce it. Tell your employees you're not going to change your management philosophy no matter what Hallmark Cards says, a calendar says and definitely not because of the overwhelming data and case studies that show employee recognition leads to employee engagement leads to higher profits and faster revenue growth and lower customer churn and more referrals and higher conversion rates and lower employee turnover and higher cash flows.
Be honest. Tell them you don't care about them. You get what you want out of them and they got a job. (Shrug.)
But be forewarned. Honesty and transparency with your employees leads to trust and that leads to engagement. Who knows what can happen after that. Yeah, no, better not. Don't bother.
If you're a small business media property don't enable the illusion, don't empower the cognitive dissonance, by offering last minute ideas. The employees see through this charade and they read your magazine.