Random Acts of Kindness Day is a national holiday that has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1995. This year, this fantastic day is celebrated on Wednesday, February 17th. With lockdowns and restrictions still in place across much of the United States, there has never been a better time to show your appreciation for a colleague or even the boss. Little gestures can make a massive difference and brighten up their day.

Many workplace reports have highlighted how employee satisfaction leads to increases in productivity. One way to make employees happy is to show appreciation and gratitude. Simply taking the time to say ‘thank you’ can really make a difference to someone’s day. With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day – whether you’re working in the office or remotely.

Send a Thoughtful Email

These long digital days can get a bit lonely, so what better way to brighten up someone’s day than sending them a thoughtful email. You could thank them for things they do that make your work life more manageable or just say how awesome you think they are. This simple gesture will most definitely bring a smile to the recipient’s face!

Send an Ecard

Sending a fun ecard is an excellent way to stay connected with people that are working remotely. You can send a personalized message or a themed card from their favorite song or movie. Either way, the recipient will get a pleasant surprise when they open their inbox.

Greet People by Name

Offices are full of people we see every day that aren’t necessarily co-workers, such as security guards, food vendors, and cleaners. Take the time to learn their names and greet them personally as you enter or exit the building. Better still, take a moment to have a quick chat or thank them for making your day a bit easier.

Leave Messages on Whiteboards 

After you have finished using a meeting room, you can leave a lovely message for the next people that will use the room. It will grab their attention as they walk into the room and get their meeting off to a flying start.

Bring in Some Cookies or Other Treats

You are sure to bring a smile to people with some sweet (or savory) treats that you bring into the office. You can leave them around parts of the office with a note attached, or you can personally deliver them to your colleagues’ desks.

Make Recognition Fun

A ‘Thank You’ can go a long way, but some simple gestures can really add some impact. Managers could hand out ‘go home early’ cards for people who have recently made a significant impact at work. Another excellent idea is delivering a nice cup of coffee to a high performer’s desk in the morning. If they are working from home, you could send them a small gift that will show your appreciation and foster a greater sense of togetherness.

Interested in learning more about other recognition holidays and how to celebrate them in the workplace? Then browse our 2021 Workplace Recognition Calendar for twelve months of appreciation ideas.