Keeping employees engaged and motivated in the workplace is both necessary and rewarding. One way to acknowledge employees’ roles, efforts, and achievements, as well as their diverse backgrounds and experiences, is to celebrate them throughout the year.
National employee and workplace days are prime, morale-boosting opportunities for employee recognition that goes beyond the usual celebrations of a promotion or specific milestone. With the help of National Today, we’ve compiled a list of some of 2022’s days, weeks, and months you may choose to celebrate, as well as nationally recognized history and heritage months that may hold special meaning in your workplace.
Important note: This is not an exhaustive list and may be updated throughout the year.
Top Employee & Workplace Days, Weeks & Months to Consider
Monday, Jan. 24
Community Manager Appreciation Day:
Celebrate the hard work and dedication of community managers and vendors who work in the social media space.
Friday, Jan. 28
National Fun at Work Day:
Inject a little fun into the workday to help foster happiness, create bonds with coworkers, and boost team morale.
Thursday, Feb. 3
National Women Physicians Day:
Celebrate Elizabeth Blackwell’s birthday — the first female doctor in the U.S. — and honor all women doctors across the country.
Friday, March 4
National Employee Appreciation Day:
Acknowledge the importance of strong employer-employee relations to the success of any business and take time to connect with and appreciate employees.
Saturday, March 19
Certified Nurses Day:
Recognize nurses for all the work they’ve done to obtain their professional certifications and thank them for their dedication to patient care.
National Internship Awareness Month:
Appreciate the benefits of internships and the role they play in producing tomorrow’s talent by providing meaningful experience to professionals.
Friday, April 1
Walk to Work Day:
Recognize the benefits of walking as both an exercise and a counter to sedentary lifestyles by walking to work (if possible) or just taking a walk during the day.
Week of April 10-16
National Student Employment Week:
Celebrate student employees and employers as well as student employment practices across colleges and universities that help students develop skills and pay for tuition expenses.
Week of April 11-15
National Work Zone Awareness Week:
Encourage awareness of how all of us in the public are responsible for maintaining the safety of construction zones as well as workers and motorists.
Monday, April 18
National Lineman Appreciation Day:
Appreciate the hard work of the linemen and women who work on power and phone lines to keep electricity flowing to our homes and businesses.
Monday, April 25
National Hug a Plumber Day:
Show plumbers how much their work is valued in fixing toilets, unclogging drains, and helping to avert plumbing catastrophes.
Wednesday, April 27
Administrative Professionals Day:
Appreciate the contributions of skilled administrative professionals to the economy and help support their development in the field.
Thursday, April 28
Take Our Kids to Work Day:
Give your kid(s) a glimpse into the working world, help them learn about your job specifically, and even spark their career interest.
Thursday, April 28
Workers’ Memorial Day:
Remember the many workers who have died or been injured while helping to build a more livable and comfortable society, and take the opportunity to show support for workers’ rights.
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month:
Promote the importance of fitness and a healthy diet to the workforce and encourage employee participation in activities that offer physical and mental health benefits.
Wednesday, May 11
National Receptionists Day:
Appreciate the countless responsibilities receptionists take care of in many different office settings and the gatekeeping work they do.
Week of May 16-22
Bike to Work Week:
Celebrate biking to work, healthy living, and safer transportation by taking part in a host of biking-related activities around the country.
Friday, May 20
National Bike to Work Day:
Change up your regular commute by biking to work, and help raise safety awareness for cyclists and other commuters.
Friday, May 20
National Defense Transportation Day:
Highlight the effort and dedication of the transportation sector’s workers in providing transportation services to the population and improving living standards as a result.
Saturday, May 21
National Memo Day:
Dust off your pens, sharpen your typing skills and write a memo (or two!) in honor of this form of business communication that’s been around for a long time.
Professional Wellness Month:
Emphasize wellness in the workplace to ensure business growth and success, attract top talent, and drive employee retention.
Week of June 5-11
National Business Etiquette Week:
Acknowledge how the right business etiquette can build a positive reputation for your business and enhance everyday interactions.
Thursday, June 16
National Career Nurse Assistants Day:
Thank nursing assistants for the important role they play in coordinating between patients and doctors and their dedication to serving others.
Friday, June 17
Waste & Recycling Workers Week:
Honor the garbage men and women who collect our garbage and facilitate the disposal process that helps keep our society clean.
Tuesday, June 28
National Logistics Day:
Recognize the network of logistics professionals throughout the country who tirelessly orchestrate the distribution, shipping, and transportation of consumer goods.
Thursday, June 30
National Work from Home Day:
Celebrate the workplace evolution that allows us to be productive outside the office and from anywhere in the world we call “home.”
Friday, July 1
National Postal Workers Day:
Honor the country’s nearly 500,000 postal workers who work hard to deliver the mail and packages on time.
Week of July 18-24
National Zookeeper Week:
Appreciate all the many passionate zookeepers who don’t just care for the animals in the zoo but also teach us about them.
Sunday, July 24
National Thermal Engineer Day:
Recognize the thermal engineers who understand the importance of heat as energy and manage it for our buildings and systems.
Monday, July 25
National Hire a Veteran Day:
Remind employers and job seekers of the valuable experience of veterans who have returned to civilian life and how hiring veterans enhance the workplace.
Friday, July 29
National Intern Day:
Celebrate the integral role interns play in the workplace and how interning is a great opportunity for people to learn valuable skills and take the next step on their career path.
Friday, July 29
System Administrator Appreciation Day:
Acknowledge the critical role of IT system administrators in keeping the virtual world running, from troubleshooting and fixing issues to enabling businesses to reach their audience.
Thursday, Aug. 4
Single Working Women’s Day:
Celebrate single working women everywhere who do so much to contribute to society and the economy.
Monday, Aug. 8
National Braiders Day:
Recognize the cultural significance of hair braiding and the talent, hard work, and contributions of hair braiding professionals.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
Love Litigating Lawyers Day:
Show lawyers who work in the field of litigation your appreciation for the important work they do and support more positive perceptions of these legal professionals.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Fight Procrastination Day:
Face your procrastination issues and promote practices that combat procrastination such as scheduling effectively and reducing distractions.
Week of Sept. 5-9
National Payroll Week:
Celebrate our country’s payroll professionals who do the critical work of paying America’s employees.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Farmers’ Consumer Awareness Day:
Gain important insight into the lives and work of farmers, as well as agriculture, through entertainment, exhibitions and displays, tours, and other activities.
Monday, Sept. 12
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day:
Swap roles with the boss or an employee for a day and get a direct experience of the other’s work responsibilities.
Monday, Sept. 12
National Police Woman Day:
Acknowledge the contribution of female police officers who enforce law and order around the country, and encourage more women to join the service.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Honor computer programmers and the many programs they’ve designed that benefit nearly every industry and business.
Friday, Sept. 16
Working Parents Day:
Appreciate all the working parents out there who not only work a full-time job but also care for children, the household, and themselves.
Saturday, Sept. 17
National Professional House Cleaners Day:
Celebrate the professionals who work hard to clean our homes and create healthier environments for us to live in.
Saturday, Sept. 17
National Tradesmen Day:
Recognize the many skilled trade workers and technicians who provide essential services, from plumbing and electricity to building and construction.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Chiropractic Founders Day:
Celebrate the founding of the chiropractic profession and its contributions to healthcare, and how chiropractors can improve our overall quality of life.
Thursday, Sept. 22
American Business Women’s Day:
Recognize the long way American businesswomen have come in our society and continue to advocate for women in the workplace.
Sunday, Sept. 25
Research Administrator Day:
Show research administrators appreciation for the significant role they play in a smoothly functioning research organization or educational institution.
Monday, Sept. 26
National Compliance Officer Day:
Acknowledge the invaluable efforts of compliance officers in ensuring safe, ethical work environments that follow laws, regulations, and requirements.
Friday, Sept. 30
International Translation Day:
Highlight the necessary work of translators and language professionals in helping others clearly and smoothly communicate in international circles.
American Pharmacists Month:
Show gratitude for the important work of pharmacists, especially their enormous efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Medical Librarians Month:
Raise awareness of the role of health information professionals in the medical field whose work helps document the progress of medicine and enhances healthcare.
Monday, Oct. 3
World Architecture Day:
Appreciate the rich architectural works of the ancient and modern world and the talented people who design them.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Improve Your Office Day:
Take some time to declutter and arrange your office to help you be more comfortable and productive.
Week of Oct. 6-12
National Physician Assistant Week:
Celebrate physician assistants who are trained in a variety of medical conditions and tasks and complement a team of healthcare professionals.
Monday, Oct. 10
International Stage Management Day:
Recognize the backstage heroes of theatre, music, and dance production who organize, coordinate, and support the entire performance on stage.
Saturday, Oct. 15
National Aesthetician Day:
Recognize the many aestheticians across the country dedicated to helping us look our best.
Sunday, Oct. 16
National Boss’s Day:
Acknowledge the great and dedicated bosses out there who shoulder many business responsibilities and keep the workplace humming.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
National Pharmacy Technician Day:
Recognize the vital role of pharmacy technicians in supporting pharmacists and pharmacy operations.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
National Medical Assistants Day:
Bring focus to the critical and growing role of medical assistants who do everything from run the front office to draw blood to check patients’ vital signs and more.
Friday, Oct. 21
Police Commemoration Day:
Remember the brave policemen and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and express gratitude to those who continue to serve the public every day.
Sunday, Oct. 23
National Paralegal Day:
Celebrate the paralegal professionals who do important legal research and handle enormous amounts of paperwork to help law firms function.
Sunday, Oct. 30
National Publicist Day:
Appreciate the work publicists and public relations professionals do to ensure people across the globe receive accurate, proper communication.
Week of Nov. 6-12
Nurse Practitioner Week:
Recognize nurse practitioners as the highly educated and trained medical professionals they are who are dedicated to providing outstanding care.
Thursday, Nov. 10
International Accounting Day:
Thank accountants everywhere for crunching the numbers for our schools, banks, businesses, government institutions, and so much more.
Week of Nov. 13-19
Perioperative Nurse Week:
Celebrate the hard work and contributions of nurses who handle patient care before, during, and after surgical procedures.
Monday, Nov. 14
Operating Room Nurse Day:
Acknowledge the operating room nurses who prepare patients, assist surgeons, and maintain sterile environments during surgery.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
National Entrepreneurs Day:
Honor the great entrepreneurs who built businesses and empires from the ground up and help shape the way we live today.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
National Educational Support Professionals Day:
Appreciate the hard work and dedication of education support professionals who help students inside and outside the classroom through a variety of valuable services.
National Write a Business Plan Month:
Focus on your business plan and take concrete action to help you gain ground over your competitors, secure funding, and succeed.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Bartender Appreciation Day:
Raise a toast to the bartenders who serve us drinks and food, engage us in conversation, and help make our overall experience in a bar or restaurant enjoyable.
Tuesday, Dec. 6
National Miners Day:
Recognize the difficult and dangerous job of mining and show support for the miners whose hard work makes a difference in society in countless ways.
National History & Heritage Months to Consider
February: African American / Black History Month
Honor the accomplishments of African Americans throughout the history of the United States, and recognize the importance of Black history to the American story.
March: Women’s History Month
Celebrate the contributions women have made in American history, and recognize the specific achievements of women in a variety of fields.
May: Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental to its success.
May: Jewish American Heritage Month
Honor the generations of Jewish Americans who made contributions to and helped form American history, culture, and society.
June: Pride Month
Recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on local, national, and international history.
November: Native American Heritage Month
Celebrate the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans, as well as the contributions they’ve made to the establishment and growth of the United States.
More Ways to Boost Employee Morale
Helping employees have a positive experience at work is key. In addition to celebrating the days, weeks, and months listed above, you can also take a variety of specific actions in the workplace to show employee appreciation and keep employees motivated.
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