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There are many ways for organizations to build and strengthen their internal cultures, and today we’re focusing on appreciation. That’s because the first Friday in March is National Employee Appreciation Day.

Beginning in 1995, employers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. have observed National Employee Appreciation Day by thanking their workforce for their dedication and contributions. Since then, studies have shown that recognition and appreciation are growing in importance for workers’ happiness and engagement. In 2015, a white paper from the Cicero Group entitled Employee Performance: What Causes Great Work? (PDF) concluded that excellent recognition drives employees to do great work. Additionally, effective employee recognition may be the leading reason that employees perform at their highest level, according to the study.

Findings like these are inspiring many organizations to show their appreciation today in a variety of ways, including special lunches, team outings, small gifts, or time off. Employees do special work, so it’s fitting for employers to share recognition on a special day like National Employee Appreciation Day.

How is your organization celebrating National Employee Appreciation Day? Tell us in a comment below!

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