I tracked down the originator of Employee Appreciation Day to find out its significance. The day was created just over 20 years ago by Bob Nelson, PhD, author of a book entitled 1001 Ways to Reward Employees.

"The Guru of Thank You" as he's known by, indicated Employee Appreciation Day was created to call attention to the need for managers to thank and acknowledge the work of their employees. "85% of employees report being overworked and under-appreciated," he said. "Thanking them for doing a good job is something any manager can easily do, but one that most do not."

"Dr. Bob" set out to change that situation by raising the awareness of the importance of providing a simple thank you to workers when they've done a good job. His book captures real-life examples that managers do in companies across America to thank and recognize their employees that others can learn from and emulate.

Apparently, he was successful at getting that word out given the book is now in its 62nd printing and a new edition entitled 1501 Ways to Reward Employees with some two million copies sold.

So if you have employees that work for you, please take a moment to thank them today--or every day for that matter--when they do a good job for you. Doing so will make them want to continue to do good work, enhance their morale and performance, and make your job as a manager a little easier to boot.

To commemorate this day, Dr. Bob is offering a special on the revised edition of the book, plus three other related books he authored:

  • Companies Don't Succeed, People Do! 50 Ways to Motivate Your Team
  • Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies
  • You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job

As Mark Twain once put it, "I can live for two weeks on a good compliment."

Isn't that the truth?