To honor your years of service with [company name], we invite you to make an award selection from the enclosed brochure.
If you need to show people how much you value their loyalty, check out these sample employee recognition letters for years of service. Or, get ideas to spark your creativity for a speech. Use our appreciation letter templates to get started. Interested in showing appreciation beyond letters? Terryberry award programs, gifts and services can help.
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Sample letters of appreciation include:
Thanks to you, we’re leaders. At your career milestone, we honor you for the part you play in maintaining our performance standards and commitment to excellence.
We know that achievement and success aren’t by accident. Breakthroughs come after spending what seem like hours of hard work and trying new ideas. We applaud your performance with the attractive recognition awards in the following online brochure. We hope you will select one that you’ll use often in the coming years and will always remind you of our thanks for your contributions.
Honoring Your Achievements
The awards have been specially selected to honor your career achievement. They represent the finest name-brand merchandise and premium jewelry. We hope that you will enjoy your award for years to come. Our company values good people–we genuinely care about you and appreciate your contributions.
Our values and principles are Excellence in Service, Through Innovation, By People Who Care. The service award symbolizes the time you’ve given to help us as we pursue those values and principles. It is also a token of appreciation for the part you’ve played in making the company what it is today. Your talents and efforts already have helped us achieve excellence in many areas.
As you celebrate your service anniversary, please accept my thanks. I hope the award you choose is one you will be proud to use and that it will remind you of the company’s appreciation.
Congratulations! This year marks a significant milestone in your service to [company name].
As a symbol of our appreciation of your years of service to the firm, I invite you to select an item of your choosing from the following award selections. I will be presenting these awards personally at our upcoming Holiday Party.
Thank you for your contributions to the company. You are a valuable member of the team.
Dear Fellow Employee,
The successful growth of our company is the direct result of you, our valued employees. Your dedication and commitment serve as a vital link in the chain which drives our operation. In recognition of that commitment, we are pleased to present our Employee Recognition Program.
As you celebrate a significant accomplishment in your career, we invite you to select one of the awards in the following pages with our sincere gratitude for the contribution you have made to our Company’s success.
Dear Award Recipient:
Congratulations on reaching this important service milestone. We are pleased to honor your achievement through our Service Awards Program.
As a symbol of our appreciation for your dedication and loyalty, please select one of the awards on the following pages.
It is with great pride that we present this award to you; you are a valuable member of our team. Thank you.
Director of HR
Dear Team Member,
Congratulations! This is a significant year for you as you celebrate an important service anniversary with [company name].
As you reach this milestone in your career with [company name], it is with great pride that we present your service award choices to you. Please select one of the awards featured in the following online brochure. The award reflects our appreciation for your dedicated years of service and is a symbol of your personal and professional achievements. It is our hope that you will wear, use or display it with pride.
People are and always will be our greatest asset. Please know that you are an important member of our team and your abilities and contributions will be an important part of our continued success.
Thank you for all that you do and please accept our good wishes on the anniversary of your employment with [company name].
Senior Vice President/Human Resources
Congratulations on your tenure recognition award achievement as you celebrate a significant anniversary of your employment at Mercy Hospital. Clearly, reaching this milestone is a very special occasion for you. It is also a very special occasion for our health system since it is a testimony of your loyalty to Mercy Hospital over the years.
You are a valued member of our team and your continued contributions are vital for Mercy Hospital to continue to be successful in meeting our stated Mission, Vision and Values. All of our organizational achievements are made possible because of your individual efforts as well as the efforts of your team members. In appreciation for your 25 Years of Service, we invite you to select a gift that reflects your service and dedication to Mercy Hospital. We are quite pleased to present this award and gift to say thank you for the thousands of little things you do every day that add to the high quality care for our patients and residents!
Again, Thank You for your hard work and much dedication. We look forward to your ongoing contributions and a bright and successful future together.
Vice President of Human Resources
Dear Team Member,
For more than one hundred years, University Hospital has embraced and nurtured those who seek its care. With a sole mission – to provide the best of the art and science of health and medicine-University Hospital has long advocated for the needs of its communities. Committed to the highest of values, University Hospital strives to be a place of enduring quality and strength.
We acknowledge and appreciate that the foundation of our success is built upon you and your commitment to University Hospital.
Congratulations on your 20 Years of Service! You too have reached an important milestone at University Hospital. Thank you for the many years of service and dedication to making our Mission, Vision and Values come true every day for every patient.
Please indicate your award preference from the online award catalog. It is with great pride that we present you with this award as a celebration of your special service anniversary. May this award remind you of our commitment to you as a valued member of our team.
Congratulations, I look forward to celebrating future successes together.
Executive Vice President
Dear Team Member,
At [company name], we realize that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are delighted to honor your dedicated service and commitment to this organization. It is our employees who uphold our corporate principles, demonstrate our vision of working for a better future for people,deliver on our customer promise and make us the passionate organization we are today.
The success of our organization is a direct result of your efforts and dedication. Your commitment to quality and personal and professional integrity is the differentiating factor that sets us apart from our competition.
On behalf of [company name], it is with great pride and admiration that we congratulate you on this service anniversary milestone. Today, we celebrate you and your individual and collective contributions to our success, and we look forward with great expectancy to many more good years to come.
Congratulations and thank you for your years of service! You will be celebrating an important anniversary this year, and [company name] appreciates your contribution to the success of this company.
As you celebrate this significant milestone in your career, it is with great pride that we invite you to select one of the awards shown in the following on-line brochure. You have made this company what it is today, and we hope that you will be proud to have a memento of your valued years of service.
People are and will always be our greatest asset. Your abilities and contributions are an important key to the success of our entire operation. As you reach this milestone in your career and set your sights on future goals, take a moment to reflect upon your past accomplishments and take pride in knowing that you are an important member of our team.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks and good wishes on the anniversary of your employment with [company name].
We want to personally congratulate you on reaching your 5th anniversary with our company. Your loyalty and dedication to our company and our customers does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated.
We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to you by having you select a gift to commemorate this milestone with [company name].
We have several options from which you can choose. Please accept this award as a token of our sincere appreciation for a job well done. The consistency of good people in our organization is what makes us great. We all appreciate your efforts and your loyalty to our company.
Thank you for being a valued member of the [company name] Team.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Dear [Full Name],
On behalf of everyone at [company name], we offer our congratulations as you celebrate a significant anniversary of our employment with us.
We know that our growth and success is dependent on having devoted and capable team members such as you, and we want to recognize the contributions you have made in helping us achieve our goals. To honor your years of service with [company name], we invite you to make an award selection from the enclosed brochure. You may make your selection by following the enclosed ordering instructions. We hope that this award will always remind you of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication.
Thank you for all you have done for [company name] during your years of service and for your ongoing commitment to our success.
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Doing your daily job is a stressful and yet satisfying thing. Some find pleasure in it because they enjoy what they are doing and they love their jobs while other find it tiring and exhausting because they are forcing themselves too much.
Now, in that line, it feels good to celebrate the number of years you get to spend in your job, whether it is your first anniversary or 5th or your twentieth year in the company, knowing that someone remembers would definitely make a person happy.
So if you have colleagues, bosses, or loyal employees who are celebrating their work anniversary, it is your job to greet them! If you have no idea what to say, do not worry because here are some work anniversary wishes to help you with that.
I do not know how you do it. You seem to never get tired, deliver excellent work so you get greatly appreciated. You ate just too magnificent for this team. So thank you and happy anniversary!
You have worked with us for 20 years and we cannot tell you just how much we are grateful for your services to us. Please continue the hard work and the undiminished dedication!
All your co-workers wants to tell you that we are thankful for all your words of wisdom, all your kindness, and everything you have done to make our workspace gentler in so many ways. Happy anniversary.
We are so happy that there is no one else you can try to compare yourself with because truthfully no one can handle this job as great as you do. We wish you all the best for your anniversary.
Please keep on inspiring us on the years that are going to come. And we hope you know just how much we need you, respect you and value you as our colleague. We hope you have fun in your anniversary today!
Here’s to all the best out there for you on your 10th year and here’s another cheer for you because we are hoping you will stay another 50 years! You are the best employee this company ever had.
So I looked back on the year that has just passed by and realized that we couldn’t have accomplished that without you even if we tried. Happy anniversary!
100 Birthday Wishes
I know we can never repay your efforts but we need to tell you this: you have made every difference in this company in every possible way so enjoy your anniversary day!
Happy anniversary! We hope that we will see more of you in the following years to come because that is just how much we love you!
Today marks the 20th year you have worked with us all, we are waiting for more years to spend with you because you are an amazing person! I am sending you best work anniversary wishes.
Today is your anniversary and it is a good time to look back on the things that you have done. You gave us so much happiness during your stay so please prolong your stay here.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad
We love working together with someone like you because you make us feel as if we are living our dreams while we are wide awake so I hope that you continue doing just that.
We want to tell you that we wish you the best in everything you do and as today marks your 30th year at work, we take pleasure in seeing you are still as enthusiastic as ever.
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Have a great day and enjoy in your life!
Every day, you still amaze us through your dedication to your work even after 15 years has passed by. Thank you for that and happy anniversary to you and your work!
No one can ever do your job better than you do so please keep on working and shining in your chosen field. Here are my sincere work anniversary wishes to you!
Happy Anniversary Quotes
The fruit of success is the fact that your colleagues adore you so much and that is because you are lovable and amazing!
I knew you were going to succeed from the first day we met! It has been 20 years since then and look at how successful you have become! Happy anniversary!
Congratulations on being promoted on a higher position especially since today is your anniversary. It seems today is full of blessings and happiness for you!
You made us learn that working with a team means noticing every individual and looking at them in equal way and coexisting peacefully. Thank you for that!
We wish you all the best for your anniversary and we hope that you keep on doing the things you love because we want you to be happy every day!
The 60 Happy Birthday Blessings
Your smile is contagious so from this day onward, please keep on smiling and making us happy with it. Happy anniversary and we hope you enjoy this day because it is yours.
Take some time off today because it is your anniversary at work and it is time for you to go out and celebrate. You work too much, you workaholic! Have fun and live the life.
We all know just how much you love your job because we can see it in you every day you go to work. With so much passion, we wish you the best in your anniversary today.
Did you know that in order to find out more about a person is to look at the work he is doing? If he does great, he loves his job. We see that you do so happy work anniversary to you!
Independent Women Quotes
We all know just how much you love this job so during this anniversary, I hope you take some time off and relax a little bit.
Always find the bright side in everything you do and keep on looking for it so that no matter how long you work, 20 or 30 years, you will keep on having fun.
You just need to keep working harder and harder at your 8 hour daily work and who knows, maybe you will one day be the boss and find out that bosses works 12 hours daily.
We all know you to be the brightest person in the room, the one that can light up everyone by just smiling. So keep on making our days happy for the many more years to come.
Sometimes, you just need to take that risk to finally get out of the cave you are in and just see the ocean coming to you in waves. Happy anniversary and I hope you have fun today.
Anniversaries make you remember the things you did in the past, the people you have met, the people who left and the ones who remain so keep on working your very best.
You need not be anyone else in this world because you are the best there ever is and you are the best there will ever be for us and this company so happy work anniversary!
A lot of people have tried and failed and what you have done and accomplished because they are all too busy trying to find problems when you were always trying to find the solution. Happy anniversary!
The best way to make a great impression is to do all the things you do with perfection, with your best effort and all your heart and that is exactly what you do. I sent you loving work anniversary wishes!
I wish that success follows you wherever you go and that you always keep that glow of yours. I hope that you reach your goals and that you stay in this company for the many years to come, happy anniversary!
Stop thinking about the mistakes you have made in the past because you can never go back and change it. For this anniversary, just think of the difference you can make in the near future.
Maybe it is time you take a day off because you have been working too much from day 1. Happy 365th day at your work in this company, you deserved to be acknowledged for all your hard work.
The only time that opportunity will come knocking at your door is when you actually go out there and search for it. No one gets success without doing anything.
Happy anniversary! We hope that you will keep on being the same person you have always been, loving, caring, and always telling us to be ourselves.
Keep on providing us with the mysteries of the person that you are, we love that about you, the way you do not like us looking into your life. Happy work anniversary!
Maybe it is time to tell you that the more solutions you find, the better it is for our company, so happy anniversary to you!
Do not let anyone stop you from reaching the very top of the ladder, keep on going. We are right here behind you supporting you from below. Happy work anniversary!
Thank you for always being there every time we need an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and arms to hold us. You are our savior and we wish you have fun in your work anniversary today.
Even I cannot believe that a year has already passed by. It seems only yesterday when you moved into your office. I guess time does fly when you are having fun.
You are the best thing that has ever happened to this company so we hope that you continue your stay here until forever! Happy anniversary to you!
We have all seen you pursue your dreams, reach out for the best in things and grow. So as you continue to spend the years here, we could not thank you enough. Happy work anniversary.
You do your work thoroughly, without wanting to impress anyone but yourself and by doing so has set standard with us. Thank you for being you throughout all these years of your stay.
Maybe it is time you get some rest, you had worked so hard today, again. On your anniversary, just stay put and take some time off work. You still have a lot of years to work here.
We just want you to know how thankful we truly are for you being here, because you have been one of the best employees this company ever had and we want you to keep being here for another 20 years.
These work anniversary wishes are written for awesome person who loves her or his work and keeps on working hard, every single day. Stay with us as we keep adding more work anniversary messages every day.
Congratulations on another year spent at the job that you are working at, and on another year of great growth!
You deserve to be celebrated for giving another year of your time and talents to a company that needs you!
Happy Work Anniversary, and may you feel as if the whole world if celebrating you and all that you have done, today!
Congratulations on another year spent giving yourself to a job that really needs a person like you.
May today be a day where you feel appreciated for all of the work that you do on a daily basis! Happy Work Anniversary!
Congratulations on another year spent at a job that takes a lot out of you and that always receives your full attention!
Your job is an important one and you deserve to be celebrated for giving another year of your life to that job!
May you feel the world smiling at you today, as you celebrate another year at the job that you are working.
Congratulations on another year with the company that needs you and with a staff that enjoys having you around!
Happy Work Anniversary to someone who always gives their all to every single task that comes before them!
Congratulations on another year dedicated to making yourself better as you work for a company that could really use your help!
You are appreciated for all that you do, and it is important that you know that as you celebrate your Work Anniversary!
As you celebrate another Work Anniversary, know that the work that you do is not overlooked and that you are appreciated for the effort that you put in each day.
You are special and your company would not be where it is without your help… Happy Work Anniversary to someone who brings about change!
From modern presentation materials to our global rewards offering and outstanding customer service, Inspirus delivers the industry’s most personalized recognition experience to engage and inspire employees. We admit we’re passionate when it comes to personalization. That’s only because we’ve seen how it resonates with employees — making them feel special and truly appreciated.
Many organizations miss the point—and the benefits—of work anniversaries entirely. Each year with a great team member is an achievement.
With everything on your plate, it can be tempting to let anniversary celebrations fall to the wayside.
But neglecting them can turn out to be a costly cultural error. That’s because celebrating work anniversaries isn’t just a nice gesture for your employees or coworkers – there’s a strong business case to be made for making work anniversaries a priority at your company.
Sound strange? It all comes down to the fact that our emotions and our performance are intimately linked.
Dr. Glenn Fox leads program design at USC’s Performance Science Institute, and is an expert on the ways that emotions like gratitude and optimism drive performance. In his view, the ability to regulate emotions is the number one predictor of success in life.
This is just as true in the workplace as anywhere else. Since gratitude and optimism affect performance, companies who proactively foster these positive emotions via a culture of recognition have an automatic leg-up on those who don’t.
Celebrating work anniversaries shows your employees or coworkers that they are cared for and appreciated, and helps create the emotional connection upon which all highly engaged, high performing teams are built.
Plus there’s the fact that work anniversaries have a relatively high ROI – you get an outsized return for not much time or money. All it really takes is a little planning, some creativity, and genuine appreciation.
But it only works if you do it right. Here’s our top tips, tactics, and company anniversary ideas for employees to help you make the most of work anniversaries.
To make it easier, we’ve broken down these work anniversary gifts by year, since every anniversary has slightly different considerations.
You’ll find your next work anniversary ideas here!
The Gen Xers at your workplace probably scoff at the idea, but celebrating employees who make it to the one year mark is a vital retention strategy.
According to the Harvard Business Review, a study of more than a million respondents found that voluntary turnover peaked one year after their start dates. Celebrating that first anniversary re-engages employees at a critical juncture, and provides an emotional lift right when employees are most likely to see if the grass really is greener elsewhere.
That said, you don’t have to go overboard. There are plenty of budget- and time-friendly ways to keep your team engaged at this critical juncture.
Never underestimate the impact that a handwritten note can make.
This low-tech idea is simple but super effective. The fact that it’s handwritten demonstrates a level of care that your team will appreciate.
When you draft this note, be sure to think about all the things that you appreciate about this person. Be specific – is she a hard worker? A fierce problem solver? Does she spread joy and optimism throughout the office? Call it out and let her know!
A bottle of wine is another great way to relieve stress and also show that you care about your employees!
Winc makes it super easy to personalize any bottle of wine. The beauty of this platform is also how you can customize the label to include a special note just for them. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Get a prize wheel (they’re readily available on Amazon) and offer your employees the chance to spin for prizes like gas cards, amazon or restaurant gift cards, books, or free car washes. Do it during a large company or team meeting to really get everyone involved. (It’s also an easy way to inject some excitement into an otherwise dull meeting!)
If you’re part a growing team, celebrating work anniversaries can quickly blossom into a daunting task.
For example, at SnackNation it’s not unheard of for us to onboard a hiring class with 15 or more people – all of whom will have the exact same work anniversary every year.
So instead of an elaborate celebration for every employee in this group, celebrate the group as a whole and give each of them their anniversary trophy.
We actually encourage our hiring classes to name themselves and forge their own identity. (That’s how we ended up with groups named “SnackNasty,” “Young Money,” and “The Wolf Pack.”)
Encouraging your hiring classes to develop their own identities not only makes celebrating anniversaries more manageable, it also creates another opportunity to develop a culture of fun and togetherness, and creates for people across the org to get to know you each other.
Hanging without puppies is fun and good for your health. Animals in the office have been proven to relieve stress in the workplace.
If your office isn’t normally dog friendly, work with a nearby shelter to bring puppies to you just for the day. One such shelter is Puppies for Rent based in Utah. They use a “puppy party” model to introduce animals from no-kill shelters to local dog lovers (i.e., potential adopters).
For more (like 117 more) year one celebrations ideas, check our mega list of employee reward ideas.
Young employees (or even simply new employees) often leave companies after their first year. It’s not that these employees don’t like their companies. Many new employees simply get bored or restless in their roles. They want to try something new.
Many company policies support horizontal movement, but it can be hard for young professionals or new employees to instigate conversations about changing things up. They may not know how such conversations would be accepted. They might imagine that revealing an interest in exploring other opportunities would put their current positions in jeopardy.
That’s why companies should consider celebrating one year of service with a no-holds-barred, company-centric career planning session. During this session, invite employees into a totally open-ended conversation where they can discuss anything and everything they might want to do in the company. Make sure employees know they can talk about any area of the company, even those they have no training or experience in.
This anniversary celebration will excite and energize new employees, and it also gives companies the chance to show they value and acknowledge each person’s unique personality, skills, intelligence, and work ethic.
In other words, this idea gives companies the chance to demonstrate a deeper level of acknowledgement that goes beyond appreciation of the mere tasks and processes each employee “executes.”
Two years is a big deal, especially if your workforce skews younger. For people between the ages of 21 and 23, the average tenure is barely over a year, so hitting that second anniversary is definitely a cause for celebration.
Just like getting through year one, hitting the two-year anniversary marks another critical juncture in any company-employee relationship. At this point, people who decided to stick with the company for another year to see how “things would go” might be reevaluating their long-term plans and goals.
Employees might decide to sever their relationship with a company after two years for the same reasons many experts saylovers choose to end relationships after two years:
You (or someone else at the company) has likely been keeping track of the employee’s key accomplishments as part of a formal review process. Put those accomplishments and progress points to good use and create and print a customized achievement timeline to give as an anniversary gift. Employees will love remembering all the amazing things they’ve done in two years.
Here’s something you might not know: your team craves flexibility, but probably could use a little more of it. Which is why remote work is a perfect gift.
That’s according to the SnackNation 2017 State of Company Culture Report, which parsed thousands of data points from our national company culture survey. In the report, we found that “flexible work hours” was rated the third most important perk (87% of respondents said it is “important” or “very important” to them), yet only 46% of respondents said that this perk is available to them.
The two year mark is the perfect time to gift something that won’t cost you much but that your employees will definitely love you for.
A recent Globoforce survey revealed that employees who don’t have close friends at work said they would be more likely to accept a job offer than employees who have several close friends at work. While you can’t give employees friends for their anniversaries, you can help them celebrate the relationships they have formed.
Find a picture from a company outing or party with the employee smiling with co-workers. (If you don’t have one, it looks like you need to schedule an impromptu party!) Print and frame the picture to help the employee stay mindful of fulfilling work friendships.
Ask people around the office to describe the celebrated employee in one word. Use those words to create a customized word-cloud mug. Employees will love hearing all the words their co-workers used to describe them, and they can use the mug, a constant reminder of their office identities, every single day.
Based in positive psychology, The Five Minute Journal makes it incredibly easy for your team to start their days focused on gratitude. Recipients use the journal to name the things they’re grateful for, name their long and short term goals, and pause for reflection.
We love this gift not only because it’s simple and affordable, but because it helps reinforce the importance of personal growth and development, and signals to your team that you are invested in their success.
Three years is the time to remind your employees why they love working at your company, so really focus on making things fun, personalized, and social.
After 3 years, many employees want a stronger voice in the company, and they might be ready for it, too. Instead of handing out a tangible anniversary gift, try handing out an invitation that conveys trust and recognition better than any gift.
Consider what meetings the employee might be ready to attend, especially those where people make key decisions or exchange strategic ideas. If you want to make sure the employee has a gift to open, offer a handwritten card that explains all the reasons you believe the employee is ready to be part of the meeting.
Perks that benefit employees’ lives in more ways than one boost employee loyalty. Make it easier for employees to work out, and they’ll want to stick around for a few more years. This anniversary gift adds true value to employees’ day-to-day routines and overall lives. Employees who were looking to “shake things up” might just find new fitness journeys more compelling than looking for new jobs.
Let your senior team members know you care about them by giving them the gift of… themself.
Have a life sized cutout or Fathead of the person made and surprise them with it by hanging it near their desk to discover. Alternatively, have your team wear custom T-shirts adorned with the person’s face. Either way, it’s a hilarious option that they won’t soon forget.
This is an idea we’ve used for big birthdays here at SnackNation, but it also works perfectly for work anniversaries.
It involves a little extra time and effort (and requires basic video editing skills), so it’s probably best to reserve this idea for milestone anniversaries (we’re thinking three years or more).
But definitely consider it. A custom video is personal, funny, and shareable, and people really do love it.
Here’s an easy formula to create a video that celebrates your employees’ unique personality and all the ways they contribute to your company:
Here are few sample questions to get you started:
At SnackNation, we’re all about celebrations that get the whole company involved, and there’s really none better than the office slow clap.
Here’s what you do – at a designated time, get everyone in your team or department to gather around the recipient’s desk. Start with a long, drawn out group clap that picks up in speed and intensity. Within about thirty seconds, this slow clap should be a roar of applause. Spontaneous whistles and high fives are also par for the course.
The slow clap is a fun way to surprise and delight the entire office while also celebrating the individual. Plus, clapping and high fives release oxytocin, one of our brain’s feel good chemicals that helps reinforce social bonds.
Celebrate employees by making a token (a belt or a badge works perfectly) of appreciation and acknowledgement for a skill or subject area that person has mastered or just really enjoys.
Take a moment to consider why this idea works. It’s this person’s 3rd anniversary; this person has probably spent 3 years honing one primary skill, and they would probably love some recognition of just how good they’ve become at that one particular thing.
While employees appreciate recognition of the time they’ve spent at the company, most would really love to be recognized for the expertise they’ve gained in a specific area.
Step up your gift game at year four. All the same concepts apply, but really up the ante to make your appreciation known.
Your 4-year employees have proven their loyalty by sticking around; they’ve clearly found a long-term work home at your company. A heartfelt anniversary gift helps employers send clear messages of gratitude that will keep dependable employees happy and engaged at work.
Standing desks will run you about $200, so four years or more is an appropriate benchmark to justify a gift that costs a little extra.
The best part about this one is that you’ll be giving your team the added gift of enhanced health and wellbeing. Multiple studies have shown that the sedentary nature of office work has harmful long term health effects. Standing desk help alleviate these effects by engaging your legs and core while you work.
Purpose-driven companies perform better. A Deloitte study found that your ability to communicate your company’s purpose has a direct link to how engaged your team is (and therefore affects their performance).
Use work anniversaries to remind your team about the bigger picture by making a charitable donation in their name. Align the charity to your company’s mission, or with a cause that’s close to his or her heart. For instance, if you know that your employee is an animal lover, donate to a local animal shelter.
And let’s face it – most of us have enough stuff. Not all of us need or want another hoodie or water bottle, but there are many of us who have causes that are close to our heart. Plus, having a mission is a big part of creating an engaged team, and focusing on giving helps reinforce and clarify that mission.
In our era of job-hopping Millennial employees, average job tenure in the U.S. for workers in every industry (and of all ages) is just 4.4 years. Keeping someone around five or more years is definitely cause for celebration. Here are a few employee anniversary gift ideas to make your office veterans feel the love.
Ok, it doesn’t make sense for every company to give their employees samurai swords, but for LA-based mobile gaming studio Scopely, it makes perfect sense.
For Scopely, work anniversaries are just another chance to express their fun, irreverent, and utterly one-of-a-kind culture. They do this by gifting employees hilarious, often absurd gifts, including custom made samurai swords and personalized oil paintings.
While this approach is certainly tongue-in-cheek, there’s a serious strategy behind the practice. Doing has helped earn Scopely a reputation for being a great place to work, which has helped them recruit and retain the talent they need to keep cranking out hit mobile games year after year.
Take a cue from Scopely and treat work anniversaries as an opportunity to reinforce the things about your culture that make it unique.
Consider giving your veteran employees some skin in the game. Tons of privately held companies are using Employee Stock Option Programs (ESOPs) and other equity programs to give employees who have been with them a while a real sense of ownership.
Not familiar with ESOPs? Here’s a quick primer:
ESOPs give employees the right (but don’t require) to purchase future shares in the company at current valuations. Because of this, they are usually deployed in growth-stage businesses, where there is the potential for big upside. With a decent lawyer and the right incorporation type, they are relatively easy to set up.
They might not be right for every business, but these types of programs give employees a real ownership stake in the company, which will make them more engaged and more personally invested in the success of your business.
Sabbaticals are another increasingly common way for companies to reward their employees.
A great example is found at Media Temple, an LA-based domain and hosting service provider. At Media Temple, employees who have made it to the five year mark are encouraged to take a paid month off to either learn a new hobby, participate in a local service project, or experience a new culture abroad.
And when we say that they take a month off, we mean it. Employees are forbidden from checking work emails or working on company projects during this time.
Media Temple isn’t alone. Tons companies are gifting up to five weeks of time off for five years of employment.
If you think that you couldn’t possibly afford to lose your best employees for a solid month at a time, consider that after five years, five weeks is just 2% of an employee’s tenure.
The benefits tend to outweigh any of the perceived costs. Not only is it a great recruiting tool (Media Temple employees cite the sabbatical practice as being the main reasons for joining the company), but employees return from these trips with new ideas, new perspectives, and a renewed energy to tackle their next big projects.
Employees that have been with your company for several years have certainly earned a gift that could help them take the next step in their careers. This anniversary gift has several beneficial layers. It will make the employee feel valued as a key member of the team. It also gives veteran employees (who clearly have an interest in sticking around to advance along with the company) the resources they need to effectively convert their years of experience into leadership skills that generate all-around growth.
One special night with the top official of the company could make a more memorable anniversary present than a handful of other work anniversary gifts. Carefully plan the dinners to make sure you don’t overwhelm the CEO. Depending on the size of your company, you might only need to plan a dinner party once every few months.
During a comedy roast, everyone tells jokes about a guest of honor. (Pop culture roasts have a reputation for getting nasty and sometimes escalating into hurtful territory, but your anniversary roast doesn’t have to include ridicule to be entertaining.)
Start planning the anniversary roast at least a month in advance. Invite everyone in the company to submit rough “scripts” of what they plan to talk about during the roast. (Feel free to ask for stories and memories as well as jokes and impersonations.) Remind everyone to keep their “roasts” good natured, but be sure to read through all the submissions before the event to watch for anything that might legitimately damage someone’s feelings. Send along links to some roast examples with your request to help everyone warm up their comedic chops.
Tip: You can roast multiple anniversaries during one event.
Host the event after hours, preferably in a location where people can enjoy a few drinks if they wish. Be sure to tell the anniversary guests of honor what to expect during the event so they can come with their game faces.
Show your long-term employees that their contributions to the company will go down in company history
If you don’t already have one, start a wall of honor featuring employee photos, names, and titles, or create a company yearbook (physical or digital).
When employees hit that big anniversary, add them to the wall of honor or include them in a “company history” section of the yearbook.
Have mini induction ceremonies each time this happens. Toss some confetti, pop some bubbles, and applaud hard-working employees as they take their rightful places in company history.
There you have it—the basic anniversary roast. We encourage you to remix to fit your company culture.
We hope you learned new ways on how to celebrate a work anniversary! What creative ideas does your company use to celebrate work anniversaries? We wanna know! Tell us in the comments below.
Jeff Murphy is the Director of Communications at SnackNation. He's obsessed with helping you create an Awesome Office.
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