10 Thankful Ways to Say “Happy Work Anniversary"

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Rick Elmore  Athlete  Corporate Sales  Entrepreneur 

“Happy Workiversary!” — 10 Thankful Ways to Say It

When your employee is celebrating another year with the company, it’s a big dealThe time when people would stay for many years in the same place is long over. Time flies in the corporate world, and it's hard to keep people for long. 

Today, workers tend to move from job to job in search of more money, greater responsibility, and a better title. Their professional life is one of constant change. When you find someone open to dedicated service, you'll want to hold onto them. 

Your company's future is defined by the talent you have now. Let them know they're a valuable member of the team. Heartfelt wishes of "Happy work anniversary" can motivate a skilled professional to stay for another year and possibly years ahead. 

So when employees choose to stay with you year after year, it’s something that should be celebrated. Let them know they're doing a commendable job, that they show first-class professionalism, and that you're immensely proud to have them on board. 

Warm greetings with a focus on their hard work and the person's loyalty will keep them happy. Here are ten ways you can let them know that their loyal service is appreciated.


An employee being congratulated on their work anniversary.

Ten Ways to Say, "Very Happy Work Anniversary!"

Here are ten of our favorite ways to express warm wishes for the hard work your staff puts in year after year. Some of them show the utmost dedication, and it's worth honoring the amazing years they've given you. 

Sending happy work anniversary wishes, whether in written form or as a gift, event, or other celebration will help to bring value to all these years of service. Whether they're your best employee or one still trying to prove him or herself, showing the utmost pride in their work will motivate them to continue their hard work.

Send a Meaningful Thank You Card with Work Anniversary Wishes

Celebrate your employee work anniversary!  Send them a nice card.

Nothing says thank you quite like a handwritten message. It affords you the opportunity to formulate your thoughts and put down on paper precisely what you want to say.

Anniversary cards commemorating another year of successful employment let your employees know what they mean to you and your organization.

Simply Noted offers options for busy executives that don’t have time to handwrite “happy work anniversary” cards. Simply type out and send us the text you’d like included in your card and we’ll have our automated handwriting machines generate an authentic “handwritten” card and mail it for delivery at the appointed time. 

Nothing says thank you quite like a handwritten message. Wish them continued success for a successful year now and into the future. Even if the past year could have used improvement, let them know that you appreciate them

 A great employee is the start of an efficient team, and a motivated, satisfied employee is one that will improve over time. Send an inspiring individual message to push each committed employee to do their best.

Have a Small Celebration During Business Hours

If you’re a small company you could throw a quick party to celebrate your employee’s longevity. One classic way to celebrate is to get a cake. Just make sure it’s large enough to feed the whole office. Add a wonderful work anniversary message with best wishes for more successful years and you'll employees will know immediately who you're honoring — them! 

You could also get out into the fresh air and have a company picnic. If budget is an issue you could ask everyone to bring a bagged lunch and set up some tables. You could supply drinks and dessert.  

Or if the company’s in good financial shape consider buying everyone lunch. It’s a fairly inexpensive way of building morale and saying thank you to your loyal employee.  

If you celebrate everyone's work anniversary together, be certain to send best wishes for each of the work anniversaries on your list. If you only honor the group, it could feel as if you're trying to take the easy way out. It might be fine for the self-motivated, but for others, individualized attention is also warranted.

Give a Gift Card

Everyone loves a gift certificate, so they make great "happy work anniversary" gifts. Restaurant gift certificates are very popular, as are cards for Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. What better way for a devoted employee to get their morning Joe than with a free gift card. And of course, Amazon cards are always a great choice.

And while you’re at it, put that gift certificate into a handwritten card. At Simply Noted, you can purchase gift cards from a number of popular retailers along with your automated, handwritten thank you cards, and we'll drop each gift card into the envelope. Send the warmest wishes and a small but meaningful present in the same tiny package!

Surprise Your Employee With a Decorated Desk

This is a fun way to include the whole office in the festivities. Wait until your employee goes to lunch — or even better pick up the cost of their lunch and send them on their way. While they’re gone, go crazy with desk decorations.

Hang banners and throw streamers. Put up handmade congratulations signs. Maybe spray a healthy dose of silly string. Do whatever it takes to render their desk an explosion of thank yous. Then wait for the fun when the employee returns. 

Make sure to offer your clean up services. Don’t stick them with the job. 

Send a Congratulatory Message

Maybe a heartfelt, sentimental card isn’t your style. That’s okay. Everyone expresses themselves differently. A personalized, handwritten card full of hearty congratulations is a perfectly acceptable expression of gratitude. It lets your employee know that you recognize their achievement and you commend them for a job well done. 

 Ideally, your staff would be full of never-ending team spirit. But it will take all your efforts to accomplish this. Work anniversary messages are an essential part of creating a positive attitude among workers, whether it's their one-year anniversary or they've been with you for ten years. They make countless contributions, and it behooves you to make certain you notice that they aren't just an ordinary employee but a valued team member. 

Time flies, and if you're not careful, you'll wake up one day to find that your once new employee is now celebrating a work anniversary. That's why it's important to take a few minutes out of your day to show your appreciation for their continued hard work. If you let these get away from you and you don't regularly show employee recognition, morale could begin to decrease. 

A simply congratulatory work anniversary message is the perfect way to keep your employees happy, motivated, and dedicated. So take a few minutes out of your day, put thought into it, and show your employee how much you appreciate them.

A person reading the company website.

Mention the Anniversary on the Company Website

This is the digital equivalent of the old “employee of the month” plaque that used to be ubiquitous in offices around the world. If your website has a section for news, add a headline announcing the employee’s special day with a short blurb about their time at the company. Then wrap it up with a heartfelt thank you. Your employee will feel special, and all of your customers and prospects will know that you’re the kind of company that cares about its customers.

Buy Breakfast

Imagine what a nice start to the day a free breakfast would be to an employee celebrating a work anniversary. To keep things easy you could have your office manager or some other employee offer a few different choices. Then they could pick up the employee’s selection on the way into work the next morning.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why not make it the most thankful meal of the day as well? 

Have Co-workers Write Individual Messages

You could have your other employees write funny work anniversary quotes or a favorite work memory on slips of paper and then place them all inside a handwritten card from the owner. This can be a touching memento that everyone at the company will enjoy — those taking the time to send a message, and the employee that gets to read through them.

At Simply Noted, we allow additional materials to be included inside of our automated handwritten cards. It costs a bit more to send multiple inserts, but the gesture is worth it. 

Let Your Employee Leave a Few Hours Early

They’ve put in a year’s worth of loyal service. Surely they deserve a little time to themselves. Consider letting employees leave a few hours early on their anniversary days. Or, if they aren’t morning people, let them come in a few hours late.

Giving a bit of paid time off doesn’t cost the company very much and it’s a gesture that the employee will very much appreciate. Who doesn’t like to punch out early while everyone else is still on the clock? They’ll get to beat traffic and spend a few more hours with their family. That’s a happy work anniversary in anyone’s book. 

A holiday party with champagne.

Thank Them at Your Holiday Party

If you have a holiday party, make a big deal out of thanking your employees for their hard work throughout the year. This is also a great opportunity to announce any promotions or bonuses that may be in store for them. It’s the perfect way to cap off a year of good work and set the tone for an even better year to come.

Bonus! Ten More Ways to Share Work Anniversary Wishes

A work anniversary is a great opportunity to show your employee how much you appreciate them. It can be as simple as sending a congratulatory work anniversary message, or something more extravagant, like buying breakfast for the office. No matter what you do, make sure that you take the time to show your employee that you truly value their hard work. 

 Below you'll find ten more ways to spread joyful work anniversary wishes. You can simply say "I wanted to wish you a happy work anniversary" or you could get more creative with these additional ideas. Each employee is a precious gem, and the better you care for them, the more they'll take care of your company.

A bouquet of flowers.

Have Flowers or a Lovely Plant Delivered

When you want to wish your significant other a happy anniversary, you'll often say it with flowers. You can treat work anniversary wishes the same way. Say, "here's to another successful year" with a hand-selected bouquet or express happy work anniversary messages with a simple succulent. 

 You might add a card that says something like "Today marks the start of the rest of professional life, and we want to give you the heartiest congratulations."

Write a Personal Letter

This is one of the most personal things you can do to show your employee how much you appreciate them. Sit down and write out a letter detailing everything that they’ve done for the company in the past year. Let them know how much you’ve appreciated their dedication, hard work, and loyalty. 

 If you have the time, put together a scrapbook of your favorite memories from the past year. Include pictures, newspaper clippings, or any other mementos that will remind them of all the good times you’ve had.

Have a Plaque or Certificate Made

This is a great way to show your employee that their hard work has been noticed. Have a plaque or certificate made that celebrates their work anniversary. This could include the date of their hire, any promotions they’ve achieved, or any other notable accomplishments. 

This is a great way to show your employees that you are paying attention and that recognize that they bring first-class professionalism to everything they do.

A business lunch.

Take Them Out to Lunch

There’s no better way to show your employee how much you appreciate them than by taking them out to lunch. This is a great opportunity to catch up on everything that’s been going on in their life. You can also use this time to discuss any goals or objectives they have for the upcoming year. 

 If you’re feeling really generous, you could even spring for a nice dinner instead of just lunch. This is a great way to show your employee that you want to see them succeed both in and out of the office. Work anniversaries only come around once a year after all.

Frame a Picture of Them at Work and Display in Somewhere

Say "thank you for everything" with fifteen minutes of fame. Instead of standard work anniversary wishes, you could have a nice portrait of each employee taken and display it in a spot of honor during the week of their special work anniversary day. It creates a positive vibe around the office reflects your heartiest wishes for many more years of dedicated service. 

 Over time you could build a wall of photos that stretches back all these years to show how far the company has come.

Send a Thank You Gift

What’s a better way to show your employee how much you appreciate them than with a thank you gift? This could be anything from a nice watch to an Amazon gift card. The important thing is that it shows that you took the time to pick out something special just for them. 

Include a "thank you for everything you have done" card along with your gift. You might choose a food subscription, a cocktail kit, clothing item...something that's meaningful to them. Pay fine attention to their likes and dislikes and choose a gift that celebrates their accomplishments from the moment they started working with us. They have a strong work ethic. Let them know that's worth celebrating. That's the true meaning of a work anniversary.

Give Them the Day Off

This is the ultimate thank you gift. Consider giving your employee the day off on their work anniversary. They’ll be able to spend the day celebrating with friends and family. This is a great way to let them know that you value their dedication to the company. 

Work anniversaries only come around once a year, so make sure you do something special to celebrate it. Send your warmest greetings by allowing your employee to stay home!

An appreciation quote made into art.

Have an Art Piece Made Using Work Anniversary Quotes

A great way to show your employee how much you appreciate them is by having an art piece made that celebrates their work anniversary. Select a particularly meaningful quote and have an artist create an emotionally-moving image to celebrate your staff member's special day. 

This is a great way to show your employees that you care about them and that their hard work is appreciated. It’s also a great way to commemorate the date of their hire.

Write an Article in Their Honor

If you want to go above and beyond, you could write an article in honor of your employee’s work anniversary. This could be anything from a standard biography to a more creative piece that celebrates their accomplishments. Publish it on your company website or the next edition of your corporate newsletter. 

 This is a great way to show your employees that you appreciate everything they do for the company. 

Have Each Coworker Send Their Own Card

What’s better than one happy work anniversary card? 10, 20, or 30 anniversary cards! If you have the budget, what could be better than a handwritten congratulations card from every one of your employee’s coworkers?

Simply Noted can help make that a reality without the trouble of buying 30 different cards and getting all of your employees to fill them out. Simply have them type up their messages and email them to you. Then you can upload them to us and we’ll take care of the rest. Your deserving staff member will get a flurry of handwritten congratulations and thank yous in their mailbox. 

Give Simply Noted a call to find out more about how our real ballpoint pen handwriting machines can revolutionize your corporate card-sending practices. Contact us today! 

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