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Employee Appreciation Day 2011

To everyone reading this at their desk, counting down the hours until closing time, take heart. March 4th is Employee Appreciation Day, the one day a year when businesses take time to recognize the hard work of their subordinates. So have an extra doughnut, worker bees, you're worth it.

Started in 1995, Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated on the first Friday of March. Sure, it may not be a real holiday, and it may lack the excitement of National Pancake Day or National Margarita Day, but that doesn't mean it's not important to recognize workers.

Many businesses have official awards for employee success. Hewlett-Packard, for example, offers the Golden Banana Award to employees who come up with innovative solutions to problems. The award was so named after an engineer surprised his manager with an inventive solution and, as the manager was at a loss for ways to recognize the achievement, received a banana as a reward.

Of course, the best way to reward employees is with cold hard cash. According to research, salary is by far the biggest complaint workers have about their jobs. No better time to ask for a raise than Employee Appreciation Day, right?

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