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18+ Happy 3-Year Work Anniversary Messages to Send Employees

June 16, 2023

Do you have an employee who's celebrating a 3-year work anniversary at your company? Congratulations—to you and your employee. Reaching this milestone shouldn't be taken for granted, especially when some industries face median employee tenure of less than two years.

This is a time to make your employee feel special. They'll likely be reminiscing about the good times they've shared at your business, but they might (naturally) start to think about what's next in their career.

Show your employees that you care and want them to stay by celebrating their 3-year work anniversary. Some businesses might skip this in favor of focusing simply on 1-year and 5-year work anniversaries, but that's a missed opportunity.

Below, we'll walk you through why you should celebrate 3-year work anniversaries and provide you with template messages you can use to commemorate the special day.


Why Celebrate 3-Year Work Anniversaries?

3-year work anniversaries don't usually get the love they deserve, but they're an incredible milestone for your employees. 

Think about it. 

Everyone tends to focus on the 1-year and 5-year anniversaries (and 10 or more for those lucky few), but there's a big gap between hitting year 1 and year 5 with a company—around 1,460 days, to be precise. Don't wait that long to celebrate your employee's time with the company. Make the big 3 just as memorable.

How you celebrate your employees' 3-year work anniversaries will play a big part in them sticking around to reach 5 (or more). Some companies celebrate by rewarding staff with extra paid time off, a gift card, or a cash bonus.

Those are fantastic ideas to help your employee feel appreciated, but you'll also want to include a unique, personalized message to your worker that shows they're more than just a person in a seat.

However, you likely have enough on your plate without trying to become a pros or poetry expert. If that sounds like you, you've come to the right place. 

Below, we've created 18+ messages you can use to recognize and celebrate your employees' 3-year work anniversaries. Use these messages as a template or starting point for drafting your own custom congratulations.


18+ Happy 3-Year Work Anniversary Example Messages

Witty Work Anniversary Messages

Depending on your employee (and company culture), a witty message might serve you better than something long and sappy. When your office is full of pranks and laughter, turn to one of these templates to celebrate your employees' 3-year work anniversaries.

  1. "Three years of excellence, dedication, and countless coffee runs— congratulations on surviving and thriving in this crazy corporate jungle! Happy workiversary!"
  2. "Three years ago, you joined our team and brought with you a remarkable combination of wit, charm, and a seemingly infinite supply of snacks. We're lucky to have you here! Cheers to your workiversary!"
  3. "Three years of putting up with us and pretending to understand our obscure office humor—you deserve a medal! Or at least an extra slice of cake. Happy workiversary, and here's to many more years of laughter and success!"
  4. "It's hard to believe it's been three years since you joined our team and made our workplace infinitely more entertaining. Thank you for being a beacon of light and wisdom. Happy workiversary, you magnificent human!"
  5. "Three years of being the office rock star—you've hit all the right notes, nailed every solo, and performed your job with unparalleled brilliance. Here's to celebrating your incredible talent and dedication. Happy workiversary, maestro!"

Gratitude Work Anniversary Messages

Sometimes, words don't do a thank-you justice. When you have an employee who continues to go above and beyond for your company, show that you recognize their determination and talent—it can't be taken for granted

  1. "Happy 3rd work anniversary! Your dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence have been an inspiration to us all. Thank you for being a valuable member of our team. Here's to many more years of success and growth together!"
  2. "Congratulations on reaching this incredible milestone! Your passion and enthusiasm for your work shine through in everything you do. We are grateful for your unwavering loyalty and the positive impact you have made on our company. Here's to the past, the present, and a future filled with more achievements!"
  3. "Today, we celebrate your 3-year work anniversary, and we couldn't be more proud to have you on the team. Your unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence have played a critical role in our success. Thank you for your hard work and the positive energy you bring to the workplace. Cheers to three years of achievements and many more to come!"
  4. "Happy work anniversary! Three years ago, you embarked on a journey with us, and we are so glad you took the chance. Your exceptional talent, creativity, and can-do attitude have contributed immensely to our growth and accomplishments. Thank you for your continuous efforts and for making our workplace a better and brighter place. Here's to the next chapter of success together!"

Manager Celebration Messages

Did your manager, mentor, or executive just reach a 3-year work anniversary? Management needs to be celebrated, too, but that often tends to come from the bottom up (rather than the top down). Take time to recognize your leaders with one of these message templates.

  1. "Happy 3-year work anniversary to our incredible manager! Your exceptional skills, expertise, and passion for what you do continue to inspire us every day. Your guidance and mentorship have helped shape our careers and drive us forward. Thank you for your invaluable contributions to the team and the company. Cheers to your continued success!"
  2. "Congratulations to our fearless leader for three years of exceptional leadership! Your strategic vision, sound judgment, and ability to motivate and empower the team have been instrumental in our growth. We couldn't have done it without you. Here's to another year together!"
  3. "Happy 3-year work anniversary to our fantastic mentor, who continues to lead by example! Your enthusiasm for the work and ability to bring out the best in each team member can't be replicated. Thank you for your inspiring leadership and for making work a better place. Here's to another year of accomplishments!"

Famous Quote Celebration Messages

Why reinvent the wheel when you can borrow a quote from an eloquent writer or speaker? Use these famous quotes to celebrate your employees' anniversaries and recognize their accomplishments.

  1. "'The only way to do great work is to love what you do.' - Steve Jobs. Congratulations on reaching your 3-year work anniversary at our company! Your dedication and passion have been truly inspiring. Thank you for your invaluable contributions, and here's to many more years of success together!"
  2. "'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.' - Walt Disney. That's the way you approached every challenge. Head on. Your commitment to action and determination have been instrumental in our achievements. We admire your proactive approach and the positive impact you have made. Congratulations on this milestone—we don't take you for granted!"
  3. "Cheers to your 3-year work anniversary! 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.' - Eleanor Roosevelt. Your ambitious spirit and unwavering belief in your abilities (and our company) have helped shape our success. Thank you for dreaming big and turning those dreams into reality. Here's to more incredible accomplishments together!"
  4. "Happy 3-year workiversary! 'Success is not in what you have, but who you are.' - Bo Bennett. Your exceptional character, integrity, and dedication to your work set you apart. We are grateful to have such a remarkable individual on our team. Congratulations on this milestone, and we hope your journey with us continues to be filled with personal and professional growth!"

Over-the-Top Enthusiasm Celebration Messages

Let's face it—work can be draining. Sometimes, you need a bit of over-the-top enthusiasm to put a smile on your employees' faces and keep your employees happy.

  1. "It's a triple threat—3 years with a dash of awesomeness! I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate your three-year work anniversary. It's like a triple rainbow of awesomeness shining down on our office! 🌈🌈🌈Since day one, you've shown exceptional talent, dedication, and the ability to find humor in even the toughest situations. You're like a ninja of productivity and laughter (combined). The office simply wouldn't be the same without your infectious energy."
  2. "It's a magical day, and we couldn't let it slip by without celebrating your 3-year work anniversary! It's like witnessing pure magic unfold right before our eyes. 🎩✨ Your talent for turning challenges into opportunities could charm even the grumpiest clients, and your endless supply of funny stories has made you an indispensable member of our team.You're like our very own Dumbledore, sprinkling magic and wisdom wherever you go! Here's to many more years of spellbinding achievements and magical accomplishments."

Recognize (and Keep) Your Employees

Whether it's milestone and service awards or peer-to-peer and social recognition, employee recognition is a must in today's environment. So, take the opportunity to recognize your employees on their 3-year work anniversary.

Also seize the moment to gain valuable feedback from employees who are celebrating an anniversary. These employees might be your most tenured assets—get their thoughts and opinions on their journey (from onboarding to day-to-day work).

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