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Friday, March 1, 2013
Two amazing events converge today for a recognition encounter you won’t want to miss.
The first Friday in March every year is always deemed in North America as Employee Appreciation Day. It seems Employee Appreciation Day has been on our calendars since 1995 and was sponsored through Recognition Professionals International.
And across the Atlantic, Hans Poortvliet, initiated National Compliment Day in the Netherlands on March 1st for 10 years and now boldly proclaims it as World Compliment Day to appropriately compliment everyone we know at work, home or play. Poortvliet suggests, "Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?"
But Paul Hebert challenges these calendared days each year.
He raises a flag of concern to the point that we should boycott these kinds of one-off calendar days. If we think all we have to do is appreciate our employees on just one day of the year then we’ve got it all wrong. We will actually, as Paul suggests, be diminishing the value of the people we associate and work with.
I can see where Paul is coming from. My response to Paul was these calendared reminder days should cue us to increase our awareness of the importance of giving everyone we work with the appreciation, compliments and praise they deserve, each and every day not just on one day alone.
While these two events collide on the same day, please make appreciating and complimenting people a way of life for you every day.
Q: What do you think of calendared days that remind you of certain individuals or groups one day a year?