UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2017: Original article published on March 3, 2016.
Everyday should be Employee Appreciation Day!
When it comes to how to show your co-workers you appreciate them, there are several small but sweet gestures you can make.
Personalize A Gift
Everyone loves personalized gifts! Whether it's a coffee mug, picture frame, or a monogrammed USB, a personalized gift shows you know your co-worker's needs and want to help them as much as they have helped you.
Speaking of coffee mugs, this is one of my favorites. No, it's not personalized; but it's SO fitting for the not-so-morning person in your office.
Offer To Work A Holiday For Them
If there is a certain holiday that is more important to your co-worker and his or her family, offer to work their shift. This will require you to know your co-worker on a more personal level, but the gesture makes an impact.
Show Up With Breakfast (Or Lunch)
...Or dessert! Who doesn't like the gift of food? Bringing breakfast, offering to pay for lunch, or sharing a dessert is a great way to show how much you appreciate your co-worker.
Coffee Gift Card
A $5 gift card to your co-worker's favorite coffee place is a great, inexpensive expression of appreciation. Sure, it's only one drink; but your co-worker will love you for it (especially on a bad day!).
I'm a HUGE coffee drinker, and my Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is a desktop necessity!
Be A Friend
There's a fine line between sharing too much personal information and becoming a work friend. A friend listens when someone needs someone to confide in. A friend supports the other. Be a friend to truly show your appreciation for a co-worker.
Gifting your coworker with office supplies like Post-It notes, pens, calendars, and the like is a great way to show your appreciation. Get creative and fun with it, and get supplies or desktop features that reflect your coworker's personality.
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Holiday treats are fun for the whole office, but this will be a great gesture for a special person in the office! If you happen to know your cubicle neighbor loves St. Patrick's Day, get some shamrock cookies to show how much you appreciate him or her!
Thank You Note
Going out of your way to buy a card and hand-write your sentiments can easily show how much you care! This goes beyond a quick email or text message. Personalize the message so they know exactly why you are acknowledging them.
Give Public Praise
If you really don't have a few bucks to spare, simply giving some public praise at the next staff meeting will do the trick. Give specific examples of why you appreciate this coworker and express your appreciation to everyone.
Let the Boss Know
When in doubt, just send your boss a quick note. Your boss may be able to reward your coworker more than you could. Make sure to give examples of how your coworker has helped you to really show your appreciation.
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