Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in March.   This day was created as a way of focusing the attention of all the employers, in all industries on employee recognition.   Celebrations are created and carried out by employers everywhere, and consist of various ways that the deserved appreciation is shown to their employees.

Our research has found that National Employee Appreciation Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created, in 1995, by Bob Nelson,  a founding Recognition Professional International board member, together with his publishing company, Workman Publishing.