4 ideas for celebrating employee anniversaries

We’re big advocates of everyday recognition, but we agree that there are some employee milestones that deserve extra-special recognition. Whether it’s anniversaries, retirements, or other major accomplishments, observing milestones is a great way to show an employee that you care about their contributions. Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate milestones with a bigger bang:

  1. Collaborate on a personalized reward

HR can collaborate with team leaders to figure out what type of employee rewards or celebration would be most meaningful to the employee, whether it’s a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, or a cake in their favorite flavor and color. Going the extra mile to personalize the celebration is a great way to make the employee feel understood and appreciated.

  1. Send a company-wide recognition email or online video

Recognition of career accomplishments is important to all employees, whether it’s a tenure of one year or 10. When a manager sends an email or video to all employees, recognizing a work anniversary and mentioning specific accomplishments, the employee has verification that work contributions are recognized as important to business success.

  1. Give the employee a choice

You can develop an employee rewards system with different items for each year of service and let the employee have fun by choosing. For example, a five-year-anniversary employee might have three options: a gift card, free lunch, or a company-sponsored donation to the charity of their choice. The 20-year employee could choose between a weekend trip with family, a gift of top-of-the-line technology, or paid sabbatical time.

  1. Generate company-wide support with interactive cards

Most managers will pass cards around the office to drum up signatures and well wishes, but we think that electronic “cards” make for more dynamic keepsakes. Our product Celebrations allows employees across an organization to share congratulations, encouragement, and memories whenever an employee celebrates a new milestone.

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This card makes it easy and interactive to celebrate the employee through social recognition, but also with certificates, commemorative items, gifts, points, or all of the above. It’s a great way for employees from across the globe to contribute to their coworker’s special day.

Of course, you can still throw the traditional office party, but small parties have a limited and short-term impact. The recognition process must be inspiring as well as consistent, personal, and timely to deliver the biggest bang.

13 replies
  1. Lauren Deegan
    Lauren Deegan says:

    Totally agree with this, sometimes it can do wonders to celebrate achievements and recognize the efforts put in by the employees. These ideas are great and I would definitely use this at work. We have gotten too used to doing the same things for anniversaries and other accomplishments that everything’s too routine. These 4 ideas are more personalized and different.

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  4. Himanshi
    Himanshi says:

    Nice ideas…I remember when I was leaving my company My co-workers really made my day by giving me farewell but at last moment I quit to leave the company…Now,it has been 6 years spend in that same company and when ever its my year completes they always celebrate my anniversary and tease me of that farewell cake…the party got wasted because i did not leave.

  5. Neelam
    Neelam says:

    Employee reorganization & appreciation should be mandatory in every corporate sector. Corporate gifting makes employee more energetic & positive to their work.


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