Updated: Jan 6
Celebrating employee milestones is an amazing way to promote a healthy recognition culture. Recognising milestones directly links to morale, engagement and ultimately retention.
Employee rewards isn’t just for human resources. Every department and manager should take the opportunity to reward and recognise employees, whether that’s an anniversary, a promotion, or achieving a team target.
People like feeling recognised
We all know those companies that offer very little incentives and barely any rewards. No service award programs or company celebrations. Companies with no employee recognition programs are easy to spot - their turnover rates speak for themselves.
What are Employee Milestones?
Birthdays, weddings promotions, are just a couple of examples of employee milestones.
These represent a great opportunity to show how much you support their personal and careers goals.
Types of Employee Milestone
Here are ten examples of employee milestones to recognise with your colleagues and teams.
Anniversaries come in many forms and represent lots of occasions to celebrate. Whether a wedding anniversary or a work anniversary, recognising your employee’s annual events is a practical, yet simple way to show your appreciation.
From giant banners and desks covered in streamers to something a little less obvious, birthdays are one of those amazing occasions to really go that extra mile for someone. Employee interaction is always at an all-time high (usually due to cake in the kitchen). However, this represents a great opportunity for you to take the time to show them you care.
3. First day
It can be daunting being a newbie! New job, new workplace, new colleagues. Make your onboarding process a little more than a tour of the building by leaving a welcome kit on their desk. Not only will this make them feel appreciated from day one, but it also speaks volumes to the values and ethos of the company, demonstrating how you appreciate and celebrate employees from day one.
Promotion generally comes when an employee has achieved their goals and is ready to take on the next level of responsibility, and this is a time to make sure they are recognised for taking on this extra status. Showing how much you appreciate their hard work is a great way to boost moral company wide, and to foster engagement and dedication within other employees.
Retirement is a time to recognise an employee’s contributions over the years, one that certainly warrants a party! Make sure your employee leaves on a high note, leaves them with cherished memories of the people they’ve spent many years working alongside.
6. New Baby
This milestone is most likely to be a life-changing one and is a very personal experience that deserves a celebration that's both thoughtful and memorable. Take this time to show your employee how much appreciate them and how much you support them during this exciting time.
It’s easy to recognise (and hear!) that magical moment a colleague announced their engagement. It’s a beautiful and exciting moment and recognising that your employee’s happiness is just as important as their professional one is paramount. These monumental moments create essential opportunities for you to show your support.
For many employees getting married represents one of the biggest moments of their life. It’s likely that they’ve been planning for many months and anxieties can be high. Not only that it’s possible they’re planning to take some time off work, and so are busy preparing to their workload to help them take time away. Celebrating this important event with them is a great way to show how important they are to you.
9. Employee achievement
Whether it’s a 10-year work anniversary, or hitting a team target, there are many opportunities to reward employees for their achievements. Some companies celebrate value champions, recognising those employees who demonstrate positive behaviours in line with company values. Whether these are big or small achievements, making sure you celebrate and recognise these is an amazing way to show your employees just how much you value their hard work and dedication.
10. Company milestones
Celebrating those huge moment of accomplishment marks your company’s growth and development, whether that’s so many years in business, or moving to new premises. Using these milestones to recognise each of the individuals that have played a part in getting there is a great way to show how important they are to the success of the company.
Every employee plays a critical role in your overall company success and should feel appreciated and acknowledged both professionally and personally.
Acknowledging your colleagues has a powerful impact, it reinforced values and boosts motivation. Motivated colleagues are usually more inspired and productive, increasing their loyalty.
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