How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day with Rewards and Recognition

Dave Cherrie
March 3, 2022

On Employee Appreciation Day, it's important to take a moment and recognize the hard work your employees have put in. Rewards and recognition are two great ways to show your appreciation. Let's explore how you can reward your staff on this special day!

Why employee appreciation is so important

Employee appreciation has so many positive effects on the workplace and celebrating this day, while simple, is a very beneficial way to show your staff that you care. Rewards and recognition are two great ways to show your appreciation. Rewards can be small tokens like snacks, coffee, opportunities for a special lunch date with their boss, or even something bigger like an all-expenses-paid vacation abroad. Rewards should be meaningful for the employee such as something related to activities at work – providing them with additional learning opportunities, improving their wellbeing at work, or allowing them to choose their rewards.

Throughout the day, take some time to talk about employees that have gone above in beyond their role and make sure they are publicly recognized for what they've done! You could also arrange a brief discussion with managers to identify any areas where employees feel appreciated.

Benefits of rewarding your employees

Employee rewards can result in a number of positive outcomes for your team and the company as a whole. When employees feel appreciated, they are more likely to be motivated and productive. Rewards also help to build morale and team spirit, as well as encourage positive behaviors.

There are a variety of rewards you can offer your employees, depending on your budget and what will work best for your team. Some popular options include gift cards, merchandise, experiences such as getaways or tickets to a show, or simply cash bonuses.

With Arcade, employees have the freedom to choose what rewards they want. They even get to choose from hundreds of choices.

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Benefits of recognizing your employees

Another great way to show appreciation for your employees on Employee Appreciation Day is through recognition.

There are many benefits to recognizing your employees, such as:

  • Recognition can motivate employees to work harder and achieve their goals.
  • Employees who feel appreciated are more likely to be productive and have a better attitude towards their work.
  • Recognition can help build team morale and create a sense of camaraderie in the workplace.
  • Recognition helps build an unbeatable culture.

You can use recognition in a number of ways, such as publicly praising them in front of their peers or sending out a company-wide email highlighting their accomplishments.

If you're looking for a way to show your appreciation for your employees, consider sharing their impact on the organization with the team or one-on-one. Whatever you do, make sure to take the time to appreciate your hardworking employees and be genuine and specific in your recognition.

Recognition can be as simple as sending a quick chat message to your employees - thanking them for their contributions. In Arcade, you have three easy ways to share your appreciation. You can easily send a thank you via Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Arcade chat.

Examples of how you can use employee rewards and recognition together

There are many different ways to use employee rewards and recognition together. One way is to implement a rewards and recognition program that offers employees a variety of rewards for meeting or exceeding goals.

With Arcade, you can save hours by automating employee appreciation and performance. With our Performance Engagement platform, you get the added benefit of gamification, communication, recognition, and rewards all in one simple solution. Some additional benefits of a Performance Engagement solution include:

  • Keeping employees engaged and in the game with constant recognition and rewards
  • Fueling high morale and keeping turnover low - instantly incentivize motivation and reward proactive employee performance
  • Rewarding your team with the freedom of choice skyrockets employee performance 
  • No need for any more trips to the store for gift cards or prizes - employees have instant access to card delivery, visa cards, travel partners, restaurants, and memorable experiences
  • Motivating without monetary rewards. Use Chests to reward employees and push your top performers to keep crushing it!

No matter how you choose to show appreciation, it's important to take the time to recognize your employees on Employee Appreciation Day!


Employee appreciation is important for a number of reasons. Recognition and rewards are two great ways to show your employees that you appreciate their hard work. Rewards can be anything from small gifts or privileges to taking the team out to lunch or dinner. Recognition can take many forms, such as public recognition in front of co-workers or giving someone special assignments or projects. Both rewards and recognition have benefits that go beyond just Employee Appreciation Day. Rewards motivate employees to continue working hard, while recognition makes employees feel appreciated and valued, which can lead to them being more productive and engaged in their work.

Arcade makes it easy to appreciate your employees with rewards and recognition - along with so many other valuable benefits - book a demo to see for yourself!

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