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Employee Appreciation Day – Here’s Why It Matters

Lauren Walchek
Posted by Lauren Walchek on March 4, 2021

The first Friday in March is National Employee Appreciation Day, providing you with an opportunity to celebrate and recognize your employees’ achievements and contributions. Whether your surgical assistant, lab technician, receptionist, or any other employee has gone the extra mile to support you and your practice, this year, March 5 is your chance to do so. 

Why Employee Appreciation Day Matters 

Research shows time and time again that employees are your greatest asset. That is why you must treat your team members like the assets they are, not expenses. When you invest in your team, they will help you achieve your goals — especially in terms of building a solid reputation among your patients and the local community. 

Employee Appreciation Day matters because it helps employers remain mindful of how important their team is to their success. When you let your team know that their efforts are appreciated, it will increase motivation, help you retain top employees, boost engagement, and encourage optimal performance

Put simply, when your employees are happy and do their best, your patients benefit, which then supports your practice’s reputation. This is exactly what Richard Branson meant when he said, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

It’s typical that your patients likely come first in terms of your attention and expertise. However, there is no reason why you can’t show appreciation toward both your patients and employees. For example, when your orthodontic or veterinary assistant has finished a busy day that was mentally or physically taxing, a simple “thank you,” can go a long way. 

Once Employee Appreciation Day rolls around, you can go that extra mile. It’s a day that your employees will look forward to, and more importantly, your efforts will foster a culture of employee appreciation year-round. 

Recommended reading: This Year Was Tough, Your Practice is Tougher: Thankfulness in 2020 

How to Show Your Team Appreciation 

In need of ideas for this upcoming Employee Appreciation Day?

  • Provide your team with a catered lunch, followed by an after-work activity — something fun! Leading up to Employee Recognition Day, you can take suggestions or plan an evening out based on what your team enjoys. 

  • Write personalized notes that highlight the ways you admire your team members. Include specific examples of when they had a positive impact on your patients. This will show that you pay attention to what it is they bring to the table.

  • Post how much you appreciate your team on social media. This shows both your employees and patients that you care. 

  • Give gifts that keep on giving. Do you work alongside dedicated nurses who are on their feet all day? In addition to more personalized or fun gifts, a practical gift such as custom orthotics can support the recipient’s wellness daily. If you run a high-stress office, yoga classes could be a great gift! It’s all about knowing your team and what they would benefit from most. 

Regardless of what you decide to do, as a practice owner, you must lead by example. When you show appreciation, you will be appreciated. While this Employee Appreciation Day is important, it is what you do after March 5 that’s important. 

When you acknowledge the impact recognition can have on your team’s happiness and productivity, you can directly influence the success of your practice. You should also ensure ongoing compliance.

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Topics: Development plans, Hiring, employment, general hr

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