Smart managers understand the importance of commending their personnel for a job well done. It should come as no surprise that a simple "thank you" may help individuals feel better about their professions and organizations. However, if you really want to show the whole workplace how much you appreciate them, try dedicating an entire workday to employee appreciation. If you're stumped for ideas, here are a few to get you started.

Breakfast Is the Best Way To Start The Day

Isn't it true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Your staff is aware of this as well, which is why they often begin their days with coffee, pastries, or even oatmeal when they arrive at the office. Instead of allowing everyone to fend for themselves on appreciation day, provide breakfast. Begin with delicious coffee (a lot of it!) and juices, but don't stop there. Consider breakfast casseroles instead of doughnuts. Breakfast will almost certainly be supplied by a nearby café, and soups are simple to prepare on your own. Consider baked French toast with eggs, cream, brown sugar, and blueberries or a cheese-topped egg and sausage casserole. If you want to make it yourself, it won't take long since both can be created the night before and baked on the day of the event. Make sure you notify employees that the morning meal will be served so that they do not eat before arriving at work.

Crystal Awards Should Be Given During A Catered Lunch

You may not think you'll need lunch after all that breakfast, but your workers will! Get them out of the office and take them to a neighboring restaurant for a catered lunch. At the same time that you are delivering crystal awards to employees who have worked very hard throughout the year, remember to include crystal awards for employees who have had the most significant growth in sales or who have received customer accolades for being exceptionally helpful. It's OK if not everyone in the business receives a crystal trophy, but you should have some form of gesture of thanks for each member of your workforce so that everyone feels appreciated.

The Office Should Close Early

Closing the office a couple of hours early and sending your staff home is a lovely way to finish the day. While some CEOs are concerned about how customers will respond if they get a message alerting them that the office is closed, they are often surprised by how supportive customers are when this occurs. Give your customers as much notice as possible that you will be closing the office, and urge your workers to phone their most important clients directly to alert them. It allows the employee to check in and shows your customers that you respect their company and your personnel.

Employee appreciation days do not have to be costly, but they are a great way to show your staff how much you appreciate what they do. Include crystal awards in your employee appreciation day, and they'll all be eager to see who gets the crystal awards the following year.