A work anniversary is one of those milestones that most people don’t spend much time thinking about. However, when someone dedicates a specific portion of your life to their career, it makes sense to reward yourself for all the hard work they’ve done.
Every new year with a great member of your team isn’t just another mark on a calendar, it’s an achievement in commitment and dedication that deserves recognition. The question is, how do you properly celebrate a work anniversary without making coworkers feel awkward?
Here are some great options to get you started.
Write a Note
This is a good option if you’re a supervisor or manager who wants to recognize a team member for spending their time with the same company. While some of your employees will like having a public pat on the back from someone they respect, others will prefer to keep things quiet. You’ll have a sense for what kind of person you’re working with.
If you know that your coworker is shy, consider writing them a heartfelt note, thanking them for all of their hard work. You can include a voucher or digital gift-card as part of the present, to give them the extra bonus that they deserve.
Throw a Party
Not everyone in your workforce will prefer to keep their accomplishments quiet. There will be some people you work with who like to draw attention to themselves from time to time. In this case, the best option might be to throw a mini party. You can have a pizza lunch, or an hour at the end of work where everyone enjoys a slice of cake to celebrate their colleague’s milestone.
The great thing about throwing mini parties for coworkers, is that business leaders can take snapshots from the day and post them on social media. This is a great opportunity for companies to showcase their fun side and attract new talent in the process.
Give Some Time Off
If you’re the leader in a business and you have the potential to give your colleagues some paid vacation days – this could be the best way to celebrate all the hard work they’ve put into your company. Everyone loves an opportunity to kick back and relax without having to worry about being unable to pay the bills.
You might even decide to give your coworker some time off, along with a gift certificate for a new course or learning opportunity that would help them to expand their skills. Giving workers a chance to expand their skills makes the more likely to stay committed to the company, and it enhances the value of your team at the same time.
Consider Some Customised Freebies
Any kind of gift can go down a treat when celebrating a work anniversary, but it’s often extra fun to give your colleague something that’s connected to the job that they do. You might consider a pair of customised cufflinks for someone who spends a lot of their time dressing up for a professional meeting, or a new tie with their name embroidered on the back. Alternatively, if someone spends a lot of time behind their desk at a computer, you could get them a customised mouse or keyboard.
Free swag from the company doesn’t have to come in the form of cheap pens and mouse mats. There are lots of ways that you can show your coworkers how much you appreciate their commitment to the business with gifts that they’ll actually look forward to using.
Help them Plan Their Next Step
Free pizza lunches and gifts are a great way to make anyone feel appreciated in a growing business. However, sometimes, the best thing you can do for a colleague is help them decide where they want to go next with their career. If the person you’re celebrating hasn’t moved out of their position in the last ten years, then they might be starting to feel a little bored with their current opportunities and projects.
Sitting down as part of a one-on-one meeting and writing a plan for how you’re going to help that person achieve their goals is a fantastic opportunity to show your team members just how much you care about them and their personal targets. You might even decide at the end of a conversation that your employee deserves more responsibilities or should get a promotion now that they’ve reached such a senior level within the business.