What Do You Write in an Employee Appreciation Day Card?
When determining what to write in an Employee Appreciation Day card, keep in mind that handwritten notes of gratitude are a great way to recognize employees in a way they’ll remember. That said, if you’re not used to writing these, they can seem overwhelming to create.
If you’re concerned about creating appreciation cards, remember that they don’t have to be long. In fact, just a few meaningful words can go a long way toward making employees feel appreciated. Here are tips for efficiently and effectively writing notes of gratitude:
- Focus on being authentic and sharing your heartfelt gratitude. If your note is not genuine, it can actually backfire and negatively impact employee morale. It’s important to think through why you value each employee and to share your honest appreciation for their contribution.
- Be specific and provide details. The more specificity you can provide the more meaningful your letter will be. Provide as many examples as possible about the behaviors that you’re recognizing. Not only will this make your note more powerful, but it will also help to reinforce - which in turn leads to repetition - the behaviors you want to see in team members.
In addition to these goals, it can be helpful to have some starters for employee appreciation letters. Here are some prompts to help you get started:
- You are appreciated for…
- Thank you for all of your good work, especially…
- Just wanted to express our gratitude for…
And of course, adding a creative employee appreciation gift will be much loved by your employees!