Today is Employee Appreciation Day

Friday, March 3, is Employee Appreciation Day. It's a day worth celebrating since research shows that recognition is the greatest cause of above average performance across all generations of U.S. workers. These results from a study conducted by employment specialist O.C. Tanner highlight the importance of recognizing employees:

  • Recognition is the number one thing (37%) people say causes them to do great work. 
  • Lack of appreciation is the number one reason people leave jobs (78%). 

So why wait to recognize employees? Welcoming new hires with a collection of branded products makes them feel like a valued member of the team from day one. When selecting items, consider a mix of products ranging from the practical (think sports bottles and journals) to things that are just plain fun (Bluetooth speakers and drones).

Welcome packages are also good way to introduce your company culture through the products you choose. A tech startup might be inclined to give out virtual reality headsets, while a more "corporate" employer might stick to tried and true options like polo shirts and travel mugs.