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Employee Appreciation Day in the United States

Bosses across the United States have the chance to support, thank and reward workers on Employee Appreciation Day on the first Friday in March.

Getting into it: A tug-of-war in Atlanta, Georgia.
Getting into it: A tug-of-war in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appreciate your staff

Employee Appreciation Day is a non-official day and there's no real authority on what needs to be done, but if you're a boss and want to show your team just how much you appreciate them, you could try out some of these ideas:

  • Treat your staff to breakfast, lunch or snacks.
  • Host an office party or an after-work get-together for your staff.
  • Give workers some of the day off.
  • Organize an outdoor team building exercise, like a tug-of-war or an fun office quiz.
  • Take fun pictures and post them on the company social media pages to show the world just how much you care!

What’s Open or Closed?

Businesses carry on as usual on Employee Appreciation Day. It is an observance in the US, but not a public holiday.

Good people are hard to find

Known in the US as the "Guru of Thank You", Dr. Bob Nelson, a founding member of the Recognition Professionals International (RPI) (previously NAER- National Association for Employee Recognition), had the honor of kick starting the first Employee Appreciation Day in 1995.

Training new staff is costly, and employers use all manners of techniques to boost worker morale and help retain employees and their valuable expertise. Employee Recognition is a large industry in its own right, and there are university studies dedicated to organizational behavior all over the world.

Employee Appreciation Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriMar 52010Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 42011Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 22012Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 12013Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 72014Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 62015Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 42016Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 32017Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 22018Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 12019Employee Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMar 62020Employee Appreciation DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Employee Appreciation Day is a US unofficial observance that recognizes and appreciates employees in all industries, aimed at helping employers keep their staff.

Employee Appreciation Day 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Employee Appreciation Day 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017


Name in other languages

Employee Appreciation DayEnglish
Dia de apreciación del trabajadorSpanish
יום הוקרה לעובדיםHebrew
اليوم تقدير الموظفArabic
직원 감사의 날Korean
Ansattes dagNorwegian
Tag der Anerkennung von AngestelltenGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in March 2016 in the United States

Fun Holiday on March 4, 2016

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