Great work deserves to be recognised and celebrated. But recognition that includes everyone can be a challenge. Team and company celebrations and events are one way to ensure every employee is included and feels appreciated.
After two years of virtual and scaled-back events, companies are ready to celebrate. Company celebrations don’t have to be a flashy corporate party or be expensive—the most impactful company celebrations are planned thoughtfully and full of meaning.
In fact, our Global Culture Report finds that spending as little as $50 per employee can impact employee engagement, while spending $250 or $500 provides an even more substantial return on investment.
Impact of company event spend on employee engagement
Whether it’s a corporate event or individual team celebration, company celebrations have the potential to become peak experiences that build workplace culture and help everyone feel they belong. Here are 30 great team and company celebration ideas in 5 categories that we’ve seen clients do that can help you create a culture where employees thrive.
Company celebrations are activities and events that include all employees to recognise and celebrate an accomplishment or achievement. They build camaraderie, connection to purpose, company culture, and company pride. Successful companies use employee recognition tools to show employee appreciation as part of their team and company celebrations.
There are countless reasons to celebrate:
And that’s not all. Teams may have their own team celebration ideas, so be sure to ask employees for their ideas too.
Company celebrations are a great employee reward for their contributions to major accomplishments. The influence of recognition goes beyond how employees feel—acts of appreciation and celebrating together can:
Giving employee recognition and employee appreciation is a crucial part of improving organisational culture and helping employees feel irreplaceable.
These team and company celebration ideas will bring your employees together.
While getting everyone together in person for a big company party may not always be possible, you can still create a company-wide event for your employees. Plan a location-based work party, luncheon, or even open house. Don’t forget to find ways your virtual employees can join in.
Many companies have a week-long holiday event with an inclusive holiday theme, an open house for employees’ families to showcase their beautiful campus and décor, or a nice company luncheon to celebrate things like calendar or industry holidays.
Hindalco, the world’s largest aluminum rolling company, celebrates Praise Month each year, on the anniversary of their recognition program launch (powered by Culture Cloud™), with fun team activities, speakers and events, and Praise trees that recognise employees and the great work happening across the company.
Tech M has a celebration culture with ongoing events throughout the year to celebrate traditional Indian holidays, family holidays, company achievements, and great work.
University of Kentucky Healthcare hosts a service anniversary event every month to celebrate employee anniversaries that includes a ceremony, opportunities to meet senior leaders, a Yearbook with comments from peers and leaders congratulating them on their career milestone, and a choice of gift.
Give all your employees, including your offline and remote ones, a meaningful gift.
“They are so excited about picking their gift. Their faces light up when they talk about their gifts.”
Bluescope Australian Steel Products wanted to thank all their employees for a strong financial year—including contractors, labor-hire, cleaners, security guards, and employees outside of Australia—with a selection of 5 gift cards.
“Group Deposits [through Culture Cloud] is the easiest way to reward small teams, large teams, and even whole Business Units or the entire organisation with a common currency that could complement the existing reward point balances already sitting in individual employee accounts.
Group Deposits was used for the organisation-wide ‘Heartfelt Thanks’ issuance of 100 points as a thank you for another strong year in difficult times from the CEO Nick Hawkins. It provides us with a tool to reward our employees in a consistent manner across a diverse set of teams, functions, and geographical locations.”
Creative employee recognition programs incorporate fun games and treats to celebrate success. This is an easy way to encourage employee interaction with their peers and leaders, especially for remote and hybrid teams. Here are some activities companies enjoy.
A meaningful way to celebrate employee efforts and achievements is to give employees some down time. Here are some ideas to help employees rest and rejuvenate after a big accomplishment.
During the crisis of the pandemic, Heritage Bank gave all employees an extra day off along with an eCard from leaders to show they care about their employees’ wellbeing.
Volunteering together is an impactful way to celebrate and build community at work. Give employees time off, on the clock, to volunteer and link them with volunteer opportunities that leaders participate in too. Here are some common corporate volunteer activities*:
*Note these are common volunteer opportunities in the United States. Opportunities may vary by location.
No matter how you do team and company celebrations, remember they are not the only way to recognise employees. For timely appreciation, celebrate and recognise employees throughout the year.
Ready to get started? See how you can create a company celebration employees will love.
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