According to a recent Economic News Release, the average median tenure for workers aged 25 to 34 is 3.2 years, and for workers aged 65 and over it’s 10.3 years. Celebrating anniversaries at work is a boost to morale and makes for happy employees. Whether you choose to go all out with a potluck, or simply acknowledge the special day with a handshake and a heartfelt thank you, letting employees know they’re valued and appreciated is a classy move that improves your business. The benefits of celebrations go beyond the enjoyment of the party itself.
Most employers don’t know exactly how to celebrate a work anniversary. For smaller companies, it might not be recognized at all. But sustaining good long-term employees is important for the growth and success of any business. Constant turnover creates an uneasy feeling among co-workers, and it might be a hit to morale if you can’t keep employees for a long period of time. There are numerous benefits to workplace celebration moments. Here are a few that might encourage you to buy a cake, get a card, or simply remember the anniversaries of your co-workers or employees.
Who doesn’t like to be recognized? Working at a job you might not love can be hard sometimes, and it can be even harder to stay if you are offered other opportunities. Celebrations give your employees recognition not only for their accomplishments but also for the big milestones that come when they’ve stayed in a job for a long time. Having celebrations and recognizing your employees shows them that you value their commitment to the job and to sticking with the company no matter what transitions might happen.
The easiest benefit to see from celebrations is a boost in employee morale. When someone is recognized for their long stay at a company, they feel a sense of importance. The feeling of appreciation helps all employees have a better attitude about their job. Celebrations provide a break in the routine of the workplace that creates an additional morale boost. When morale is high, your office will be more productive and your employees will want to stay with the company longer.
Along with a boost in morale, the occasional workplace celebration moment motivates employees to work harder. Seeing other employees reach a benchmark and be recognized for it can encourage them to work to achieve that same milestone. This not only increases your chances of retaining more employees over a longer period of time, but it helps recharge energy and focuses in the workplace.
Recognizing employment anniversaries is such a simple way to make employees happy. If you want to keep your staff motivated—especially your high performers, whom you’ll want to keep around for longer than one, two, or even five years, make an effort to recognize and reward them for their loyal years of service.