by Sellick Partnership | 5 March 2021
Employee Appreciation Day is a chance for companies to thank their employees for their hard work throughout the year. The purpose of the day is to help strengthen the bond between employer and employee.
In recognition of Employee Appreciation Day, we wanted to highlight how amazing our employees are and how we show recognition for them all year round — not just on Employee Appreciation Day.
Here are five ways we show our employees how much we appreciate them and the work they do.
1. Internal events
Hosting internal events has many benefits for businesses – it increases morale, allows everybody to get together and motivates employees which in turn increases productivity.
Sellick Partnership host three large company-wide events throughout the year for all employees to come together and celebrate success and recognise achievements.
- End of Financial Year Awards
To celebrate the end of each financial year, we hold a three-course awards lunch where we present the results of our previous financial year and hear from key stakeholders within the business who update everyone on divisional growth and strategies for the upcoming year. We also award employees with trophies which recognises the achievement of individuals and teams across the business over the past 12 months. Each year at the Christmas Party we also celebrate anniversary milestones, and so if any employee has been with the business 5, 10 or 15 years then we present them with a gift and card at this event. This is a great way for us to show how much we appreciate our employees and the work they do.
One of the most exciting events at Sellick Partnership is our annual Teambuilding weekend — the whole business takes part, meeting in a secret location, announced a couple of days before the event and teams are faced with a variety of activities.
- Christmas Party
Our Christmas party is without a doubt the social highlight of the year. Held at some of Manchester’s most modern venues, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone across the offices to let their hair down and celebrate the success of the year with entertainment, DJs, excellent food and good company. .
As we were unable to hold our Christmas party event for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to send out hampers to each of our employees from Harvey Nichols instead, as we still wanted to reward our employees for all their hard work throughout the year.
2. Wellbeing strategy
At the start of the national lockdown, we decided to review our wellbeing strategy so we could support our employees during this stressful time. Some of our staff have attended a 4 day online mental health awareness course with Mental Health First Aid England, to help them develop a wellbeing strategy to support employees. These employees include:
- Simon Briffa, Internal Talent & Wellbeing Manager
- Melissa Finch, Marketing Team Leader
- Helen Dodds, Manager
- Stephanie Tasker, Senior Business Manager
- Claire Harrison, Associate Director
We ran an internal campaign for Stress Awareness Month called Wellbeing Wednesdays which consisted of a number of activities remotely to encourage people to look after their wellbeing whilst working from home. One of these included a virtual meditation session from a professional mind coach, which was really well received. We have continued this campaign and now run a Wellness Wednesday initiative once a month to encourage and remind employees of the importance of looking after their mental health.
Some other campaigns and events we have recently celebrated include:
- Blue Monday
Blue Monday is dubbed as the most depressing day of the year, so to keep morale high we decided to send each of our employees some brownies. We did this in both 2021 and 2022 and the feedback was really positive, and everyone commented on how it lifted their spirits and moods on Blue Monday.
- Time to Talk day
Time 2 Talk day is a day in February created by mental health charity Time to Change. It is all about encouraging everyone to check in on colleagues, family and friends and tackle the silence and stigma around mental health. Now more than ever, it is important to check in with people and have a conversation. Many people are living alone, and do not always get the opportunity to speak to people on a regular basis, particularly whilst we are in lockdown. So, we promoted this to our employees and asked them to take some time, pick up the phone and call someone to see how they are, even if it is just for a brew and a quick chat.
3. Wheel of Success
Another way we show our appreciation for our employees’ hard work is by rewarding the smaller wins, all year round. In 2019, we introduced the ‘Wheel of Success’ to celebrate all the things that people achieve throughout the year. If someone hits a milestone or goes above and beyond their role they get a spin of the wheel and their reward is determined by what the wheel lands on. This has proven to be a huge hit across all of our offices and the idea is to reward little every day successes of all employees. It is fun and gets everyone involved.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our now newly introduced hybrid working, we have created a virtual wheel, so we can still show our appreciation to our employees and reward them for all their hard work!
4. Birthday celebrations
During the pandemic, we decided to start sending birthday cards and chocolates/gifts to each of our employees as we weren't in the office to celebrate in the way that we usually would. Since returning back to the office, we are still organising these to be sent to each employee’s house to show our appreciation and celebrating each of them individually throughout the year.
5. Celebrating hard work through hard times
We have a range of initiatives in place to reward the extra effort and hard work of individuals and teams across the business. We try to do a variety of things for our employees throughout the year including a £20 Just Eat gift voucher, which we organised in 2020. We always strive to ensure we are doing things throughout the year in order to show our employees how much we appreciate them and all their hard work.
If you would like to find out more about what we offer our employees and how a career with Sellick Partnership might benefit you, please contact our Internal Talent & Wellbeing Manager Simon Briffa.