With employees across the nation working remotely, in the office, and some in a hybrid model, it’s important to ensure your team feels connected and valued. Employee Appreciation Day is right around the corner taking place on March 5, 2021. Even if your team is working remotely, you can still celebrate.

Here are five ideas to virtually celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2021. 

#1: Throw a virtual party

Virtual parties are a fun way to bring your team together and foster connection. Pick a time during Employee Appreciation Day and send your calendar invitation out to your team. Your virtual party can include games, food, and socializing. 

Make sure to set an agenda for your virtual party so employees know what to expect and are excited to attend. If you’ll be providing food for your team, be sure to call this out in the invitation as it’s a great incentive to get people to join and ensure they feel valued. 

#2: Have a digital breakfast social

A great way to start Employee Appreciation Day 2021 is to host a digital breakfast social for your team to enjoy together. You can have all of your employees on one digital meeting together, or you can split up into smaller breakout rooms. If you decide to host smaller breakfast socials, you can have your team meet by department, or you could mix departments up so your employees can meet others they don’t work with regularly. 

Your team can dial in and kick off the day right with a delicious breakfast delivered straight to their door. 

#3: Host a lunch and learn

On this Employee Appreciation Day, offer your team a virtual lunch and learn. The topic should be something your employees want to learn about. You could take a survey to learn what topics they are most interested in. If you have a big team, you can consider offering several lunch and learn sessions. This ensures you’re offering a topic that appeals to everyone, all while keeping the virtual groups more intimate to foster connection. 

Be sure to provide meal credits to let your employees order their favorite meal delivered to their home to enjoy during the session! 

#4: Buy dinner for your team and their loved ones

With teams at home, one great way to virtually celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2021 is to provide a dinner budget for not only your team members but their loved ones as well. Encourage your staff to log off work early and give them a dinner budget so they can order for themselves and their loved ones. Work-life balance is more important than ever, and this gesture shows you support this balance and encourage them to unplug. 

#5: Host a digital trivia day

Another fun way to virtually celebrate Employee Appreciation Day 2021 involves everyone’s favorite virtual team-building activity—trivia! 

Ask digital trivia questions to your team randomly throughout Employee Appreciation Day. The winners can be the first three responses with the correct answers. Ensure the prize is something the team will enjoy, like free lunch! You can also offer a prize to the employee who answered the most questions correctly throughout the day. 

Show your team you care by supporting them with meals 

Celebrating your employees and their achievements on an ongoing basis is key for a strong company culture. Employee Appreciation Day is a great time to take this one step further. Recognizing your team on this day is a small gesture that has the ability to enhance your company culture, even if you aren’t all in the office together.

A Grubhub Corporate Account can help you show your employees you care on Employee Appreciation Day and every day by making it easy to support your remote team with meals!

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