How to retain employees?

According to McKinsey research, 54% of employees leave their job because they don’t feel appreciated. In today’s fast-paced business environments, it can be difficult to know when to celebrate which employees. So, we have an easy solution to keep you on top of this with positivity and encouragement throughout the year. The MSP Appreciation and Gratitude Calendar has every key day for different audiences mapped out for you. For the savvy marketer, it also provides opportunities to show gratitude to customers as well.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Celebrate Special Days: We’ve created several appreciation calendars to help highlight relevant monthly, weekly, and daily moments to recognize your team and are designed for specific areas of industries to save you time so you can express your heartfelt thanks.
  2. Thoughtful Tokens: Showing appreciation beyond a simple ‘thank you’ may require a bit of inspiration. It’s ok, we’ve got you covered. Tailored corporate gifts and bespoke employee gift boxes serve as a tangible token of your gratitude. Dive into our Employee Appreciation Gift Guide, brimming with top-notch selections, to help you handpick the perfect tokens of appreciation for your employees on those special days of celebration.

Begin organizing your festivities using the following lists of national recognition days and weeks.


All Businesses | Office Employees | Schools | Healthcare | Human Services | Military & First Responders | Environmental Awareness | All Others


Recognition Celebrations Suitable for All Businesses

Here are some recognition celebrations that are versatile and suitable for all businesses. These ideas aim to foster a positive work environment and boost employee morale, regardless of the industry or company size. (click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - Any Business

Incorporating recognition celebrations into your workplace culture can significantly enhance employee satisfaction and productivity. Whether you run a small startup or a large corporation, these versatile ideas can uplift spirits and create a sense of camaraderie:

  1. Customized Trophies and Awards: Acknowledge outstanding performance with beautifully crafted trophies or plaques. Personalize them with the recipient’s name, achievement, and a heartfelt message. These tangible mementos serve as lasting reminders of success.
  2. Branded Apparel: Boost team pride by providing branded T-shirts, hoodies, or caps. Employees can wear these items with pride, both inside and outside the office. Consider adding your company logo or a motivational slogan to reinforce your brand identity.
  3. Wellness Kits: Show your team that you care about their well-being. Wellness kits can include items like stress balls, essential oils, reusable water bottles, and healthy snacks. These thoughtful gifts promote self-care and contribute to a positive work-life balance.

Remember, recognition doesn’t have to be extravagant; it’s the thought and appreciation that count. Choose promotional products that resonate with your company values and leave a lasting impression on your employees.

Appreciating Office Employees Celebration Dates

There’s no need to hold off until a specific day to appreciate and rejuvenate your office staff. A surprise of company-branded gift sets on their desks can ensure a cheerful start to the day. Customized office essentials and tech gadgets are ideal for greeting employees returning from telecommuting. Comfortable company clothing such as sweatshirts and fleece jackets, especially during the chilly season, can quickly foster a warm and friendly atmosphere.  (click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - Office Employees

While specific appreciation days are wonderful, don’t wait for a calendar event to recognize your hardworking office staff. Surprise them with thoughtful gifts that brighten their workdays and show your gratitude. Here are some promotional products that can make a lasting impact:

  1. Customized Desk Accessories: Personalized mouse pads, elegant pens, and stylish notebooks add a touch of professionalism to any workspace. These practical items enhance productivity while reminding employees of your appreciation.
  2. Tech Gadgets: Consider branded USB drives, wireless chargers, or Bluetooth speakers. These tech-savvy gifts are not only functional but also demonstrate your commitment to keeping up with modern trends.
  3. Cozy Apparel: As the weather turns chilly, cozy company clothing becomes a cherished gift. Hoodies, fleece jackets, and soft scarves with your company logo create a sense of belonging and warmth.
  4. Reusable Drinkware: Eco-friendly water bottles, travel mugs, or insulated tumblers are both practical and environmentally conscious. Encourage hydration and reduce single-use plastic waste with these thoughtful giveaways.

Remember, appreciation is an ongoing process. Show your office heroes that their efforts matter and watch the positive impact ripple through your workplace!

Education Gratitude Occasions – Nationwide School Recognition Days

Pondering over the ideal appreciation presents for teachers? We’ve collected insights directly from educators about their most cherished recognition gifts. Evergreen choices encompass durable, spacious custom bags adorned with logos, and layered clothing items such as quarter-zips and half-zips.  (click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - Schools

As we honor our dedicated teachers, let’s continue the spirit of gratitude beyond specific dates. While appreciation days are fantastic, remember that recognition can happen any day. Here are some promotional products that will make your educators feel valued:

  1. Custom Tote Bags: Practical and stylish, these custom bags are perfect for carrying books, supplies, and personal items. Add your school logo to create a lasting impression.
  2. Layered Apparel: Consider quarter-zip pullovers and half-zip jackets. These versatile clothing items provide comfort and warmth during busy school days.
  3. Eco-Friendly Water Bottles: Encourage hydration and sustainability with reusable water bottles. Personalize them with motivational messages or school mottos.
  4. Desktop Accessories: Functional items like personalized mouse pads, pens, and notebooks enhance productivity while showing appreciation.

Remember, it’s the thoughtful gestures that matter most. Let’s celebrate our educators every day!

Celebrations of Gratitude for Healthcare Services

Here are some celebration ideas that honor the dedication and hard work of healthcare professionals. These suggestions aim to acknowledge their invaluable contributions and express our heartfelt thanks for their service in the healthcare industry.  (click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - Healthcare

Here are some thoughtful promotional products that can convey our heartfelt thanks:

  1. Comfortable Footwear: Long shifts demand comfortable shoes. Consider branded sneakers or slip-resistant clogs designed for healthcare workers. Their tired feet will thank you!
  2. Relaxation Sets: Create mini spa kits with scented candles, soothing lotions, and eye masks. Encourage self-care during those rare moments of respite.
  3. Badge Holders with Retractable Reels: Practical and stylish, these badge holders keep IDs visible while adding a touch of professionalism. Customize them with uplifting messages.
  4. Reusable Lunch Containers: Show appreciation by promoting sustainability. Insulated lunch containers keep meals fresh and reduce single-use plastic waste.

Remember, every gesture counts. Let’s celebrate our healthcare heroes with creativity and compassion!

Recognition Celebrations for Human Services

Here are some celebration ideas that highlight the significant contributions of professionals in the human services field. These ideas are designed to show our gratitude and admiration for their relentless service and commitment to the community.  (click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - Human Services

These dedicated professionals deserve our ongoing appreciation. Here are some thoughtful promotional products that can convey our heartfelt thanks:

  1. Customized Travel Mugs: Fuel their passion with insulated travel mugs. Personalize them with uplifting quotes or community-centric designs.
  2. Emergency Preparedness Kits: Show you care about their safety. Include essentials like flashlights, first aid supplies, and emergency contact cards.
  3. Comfortable Hoodies: Cozy apparel fosters a sense of belonging. Branded hoodies with subtle logos provide warmth during long shifts.
  4. Stress-Relief Items: Consider stress balls, fidget spinners, or calming essential oils. These small gestures can make a big difference.

Remember, it’s the little things that make their monumental work a little lighter. Let’s celebrate our unsung heroes every day!

Recognition Occasions for Military, Police, Fire, and First Responders

Are you looking for ways to honor the bravery and dedication of our military, police, fire, and first responders? Here are some recognition occasion ideas that pay tribute to these courageous individuals. These suggestions aim to express our deepest gratitude for their selfless service and commitment to protecting and serving our communities.

(click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - Military, Police, Fire, and First Responders
let’s celebrate the unwavering courage of our military, police, fire, and first responders. Their sacrifices deserve ongoing appreciation. Here are some promotional products that can convey our heartfelt thanks:

  1. Tactical Flashlights: Equip them with powerful, durable flashlights for their demanding roles. These tools provide safety and reliability during critical moments.
  2. Custom Challenge Coins: These symbolic tokens carry pride and camaraderie. Personalize them with unit insignias or memorable dates.
  3. Emergency Blankets: Compact and essential, emergency blankets keep our heroes warm during rescue operations. Add your organization’s logo for a personal touch.
  4. Engraved Multi-Tools: Practical and versatile, multi-tools assist in various situations. Engrave them with motivational quotes or team mottos.

Remember, every gesture counts. Let’s honor our heroes with respect and gratitude!

Earth and Environmental Awareness Days

Are you looking to celebrate your employees’ contributions while also highlighting your company’s commitment to sustainability? Here are some Earth and Environmental Awareness Days that can be transformed into unique employee appreciation events. These occasions not only emphasize the importance of environmental conservation, but also provide an opportunity for businesses to recognize and appreciate their employees’ efforts in implementing sustainable practices for the betterment of our planet. (click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - Earth and Environmental Awareness

Recognizing our employees’ contributions to sustainability doesn’t require a rigid framework. Whether your company has well-established green initiatives or is just beginning its eco-conscious journey, let’s celebrate our Earth and Environmental Awareness Days with adaptability. Here are some promotional products that resonate across diverse workplaces:

  1. Reusable Utensil Sets: Encourage eco-friendly dining with personalized bamboo utensils. Forks, knives, and spoons that reduce single-use plastic waste make a practical and impactful gift.
  2. Seed Packets: Symbolize growth and renewal by distributing packets of native wildflower seeds. Employees can plant them at home or in community gardens, fostering a sense of connection to nature.
  3. Solar-Powered Chargers: Equip your team with portable chargers that harness the sun’s energy. Not only do they promote renewable power, but they also keep devices juiced up during outdoor adventures.
  4. Recycled Notebooks: Crafted from recycled paper, these notebooks are perfect for jotting down ideas, meeting notes, or personal reflections. Add your company logo to inspire sustainable creativity.

Remember, our appreciation extends beyond words—it’s reflected in every conscious choice we make. Let’s celebrate our green champions and continue nurturing a planet-friendly workplace!

Recognition Days and Weeks for All Others

Here are some Recognition Days and Weeks that cater to various roles and departments. These occasions aim to foster an inclusive environment by acknowledging the unique efforts of each individual, thereby enhancing team spirit and unity.  (click here to download a PDF of this calendar)

Employee Appreciation Calendar - All Others

In our dynamic workplaces, recognition transcends job titles and hierarchies. Let’s celebrate the unsung heroes—the backbone of our organization. Here are some promotional products that can amplify our appreciation:

  1. Custom Lapel Pins: These small tokens carry big significance. Design lapel pins that represent various roles within your company. From IT wizards to administrative wizards, let everyone wear their pride.
  2. Team Building Games: Foster unity with customized board games or puzzles. Encourage collaboration and friendly competition during team-building sessions.
  3. Personalized Water Bottles: Hydration knows no boundaries. Gift reusable water bottles with individual names or department logos. It’s a practical gesture that promotes well-being.
  4. Collaboration Journals: Create shared journals where team members can jot down ideas, reflections, or shout-outs. Pass them around and watch connections bloom.

Remember, our strength lies in diversity. Let’s celebrate every contribution, every day!

Celebrate Together

In our journey of recognizing and appreciating the hard work of your colleagues, we’ve explored practical ways to honor their contributions. From customized lapel pins to team-building games, we’ve seen how small gestures can make a big impact. But this isn’t just about specific days—it’s about creating a workplace culture where gratitude is woven into our everyday interactions.

At MSP Design Group, we understand the value of recognizing your team’s efforts. Whether you’re a small startup or a large corporation, we’re here to help you celebrate your employees. Our range of promotional products can be tailored to your unique needs.

Want to create a memorable appreciation event? Contact us today! Let’s celebrate together and make every day a day of recognition.