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Creative tips for celebrating employee milestones !!

1. Make them feel like part of the team

While welcoming a new teammate is a reason to celebrate in and of itself, many companies have a training or probationary period that must pass before an employee is considered a full member of the team.

Celebrate this event by giving these staff an employee milestone gift, like a company T-shirt, polo or sweatshirt. The gift will make any new employee feel like part of the team, whether they work in the office or in their home.

2. Celebrate every anniversary

Smaller anniversaries

Did you know more employees choose to leave a job around their anniversary than any other time? Although companies may acknowledge major anniversaries—like year 10, 25 and 40—every year a staff member is with your organization is worth celebrating. And celebrating employee milestones can help them feel engaged and appreciated. Consider giving:

  • Gift cards: A gift card to a favourite restaurant, coffee shop or store is both personal and easy to share through mail or email.

  • Online recognition: Posting a social shout-out for years of service doesn’t just show your company how much you value an employee—it also shows your fans and followers.

  • A framed picture or photo collage: Giving a picture of the entire team together as an employee milestone gift can remind team members they’re valued. And if you have remote employees who aren’t usually in the office, a staff photo collage can help the team feel more connected despite any distance.

  • A career planning session: When approaching the end of the first or second year, having a conversation about how they view their place in the company going forward can truly help them see their future in your organization.

  • A charitable donation: Much like a gift card, making a donation on behalf of the employee to an organization of their choice creates a truly personal gift.

  • A day off: Giving employees a day with no obligations helps them celebrate their milestone and take time to recharge.

Major anniversaries

When an employee hits a major anniversary milestone or retirement, going the extra mile can show them just how much they’re valued.

  • Pay for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Has your employee always wanted to learn a new skill? Cover the cost of their expenses to make it happen.

  • Throw a company-wide party: Whether your company has a few remote workers or multiple warehouses around the world, throw a party with cake and mingling at each location and share it via video.

  • Give them a sabbatical: Instead of a day off, give them a month off and encourage them to spend time recharging or picking up a new skill.

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