Regardless of the industry, every organization is facing the same issues. How do you retain talent? How do you engage and motivate your workforce? 

A survey from 2015 found that when employees were asked (without prompting), “What is the most important thing your manager or company currently does (or could do) to cause you to produce great work?” The number-one answer: “Recognize me.” 

If this simple act allows for a high retention rate, causes better collaboration, higher output, and more creativity then it’s a no brainer for your organization. What could be easier than recognizing your people? We recommend you begin with anniversaries. Whether it’s one month, one year or ten years – read on for a few ways to show your appreciation. 

Promotional Items

We love the idea of sharing branded items with your employees as a thank you for their hard work and dedication. 

This can be as simple as a branded coffee mug or something more impactful like a branded backpack or apparel item. Think about what the employee loves and personalize accordingly. Even better, did you know we can build an employee swag store? That way they can select their own gift! 

Showing your employee that you took the time to get to know them will make them feel valued, which is the ultimate goal! 

Paid Time Off

In today’s day and age, it can be difficult to slow down and take a breather. Reward employees with a surprise day out of the office for their work anniversary. Maybe consider giving them the actual day of their anniversary off! 

If you have a large team with many employees, you may want to consider gradual paid time off. This allows you to offer 2-3 additional days off to people with 5-10 years of experience, etc. 

A Card On Their Desk

A thank you card is a very simple yet effective way to recognize your employees. Get creative and personal with your messaging to make a lasting impact. 

We can work with you to create customized stationary to use for this special occasion, too! 


Maybe celebrate with a team lunch. Or leave a Starbucks gift card. A branded gift basket of chocolates works too! 

Honestly, any food will do. Nothing bonds people more than food! 

We really believe that wishing your employees a “happy anniversary” will show your appreciation and your investment into their career and their success. 

As busy as you are, prioritizing the small act of recognizing your team on their work anniversary will pay off in the long run. We would love to help you brainstorm ways to celebrate your employees anniversaries. Send us a note or give us a call to discuss!