Guest Blog: The Reason Work Anniversaries are Important

December 4, 2014 Sharlyn Lauby

Anniversary reminderOne of the most important events in an employee’s career is their first day of work. There’s a constant conversation about making sure an employee is welcomed and made to feel a part of the company on Day One. Every year, employees remember their work anniversary.

Anniversaries are special and important events in a person’s life. Whether they are personal anniversaries or professional ones.

For just a second, think about what it would feel like if a special someone forgot your wedding anniversary or the anniversary of your first date. It might hurt. It would definitely be disappointing. It could send the message that they don’t view the relationship in the same way you do. And celebrating the anniversary isn’t important.

Now, take that example to the workplace. How would you feel if the people you work with every day forgot your work anniversary? These are individuals you spend one-third of your time with. They showered a lot of attention on you Day One and now…meh.

Celebrating an employee’s work anniversary is a way of telling them they’re important. And the time they give to the company is important.

Work anniversaries should have the excitement of Day One. The goal of celebrating a work anniversary is to tell the employee that the company appreciates them as much today as they did on Day One.

Work anniversaries give employees the chance to reminisce. Anniversaries are times to remember the fun times, share some laughs, and even think about the goals that have been accomplished.

Work anniversaries can help build strong teams. None of us is successful alone. We need the help of others. Work anniversaries can remind us of the people who help us every day.

Work anniversaries remind the company what’s important. Smart companies realize that their people and service set them apart. Work anniversaries are all about recognizing people and their contributions.

Work anniversaries remind employees what they love about the company. When done right, anniversaries remind employees that the company cares about them and wants them to succeed.

Organizations need to realize that Day One is important but work anniversaries are a once-a-year reminder of Day One. It seems like such a wasted opportunity to spend a ton of resources creating a great onboarding experience only to forget about the employee every year on their anniversary. Companies need to decide how they want employees to feel and think about their work and their workplace on that very special day. Because mark my words, employees remember their anniversaries.