Employee Engagement

366 Days of Employee Engagement

December 11, 2019
by
Rani Joseph

A year long of toil leads to the much anticipated, scantily few, days of celebrations and festivities. Imagine not having to wait even a day to bring in festive cheer for your employees. At the dawn of this new year, we present to you a calendar of days that makes EVERYDAY a celebration. This calendar of 366 days of Employee Engagement helps keep your employees actively engaged - every single day of the month and every month of the year.

The days in the calendar are categorised based on the kind of engagement activity it can include,such as:

·        Learning and Awareness themed days

·        National festivals

·        Food themed days

·        Fun themed days

·        Employee well-being themed days

·        Team Development themed days

Learning and awareness themed Days

Learning and awareness themed days are ideal to plugin your learning plans of the year and to get your employee aware of important technological, social and environmental phenomenons. For instance, TSC ran awareness campaigns on three of their clients to successfully illustrate how important awareness campaigns can be to the success of a company's information security policies and infrastructure.

Following is a list of learning and awareness days that are included in the engagement calendar:

January

18 January 2020 Thesaurus  day

28 January 2020 Global  Community Engagement
 Day

February

4 February 2020 World  Cancer day

13 February 2020 Employee  Legal Awareness
 Day

20 February 2020 World  Day of Social Justice

28 February 2020 Digital  Learning and
 Awareness Day

March

3 March 2020 World  Wildlife Day

11 March 2020

World  Plumbing Day

12 March 2020

Plant a  Flower Day

16 March 2020

Freedom  Of Information
 Day

22 March 2020

World  Water Day

23 March 2020

World  Meteorological Day

30 March 2020

Earth  Hour

31 March 2020

World  Backup Day

April

7 April 2020

World  Health Day

20 April 2020

Chinese  Language Day

22 April 2020

Earth  Day

23 April 2020

English  Language Day

27 April 2020

Morse  Code Day

28 April 2020

Work  Safety & Health day

May

2 May 2020

Password/  Cyber Security Day

6 May 2020

No Diet  Day

10 May 2020

Mother  Ocean Day

12 May 2020

Odometer  Day

20 May 2020

Be a  Millionaire Day

26 May 2020

Paper  Airplane Day

29 May 2020

Learn  About Composting Day

31 May 2020

Save  Your Hearing Day

June

4 June 2020

Tailors  day

6 June 2020

Gardening  Exercise Day

16 June 2020

Fresh  Veggies Day

22 June 2020

Positive  Media Day

25 June 2020

Color  TV Day

28 June 2020

Insurance  Awareness Day

29 June 2020

Camera  Day

30 June 2020

Social  Media Day

July

3 July 2020

International  Plastic Bag
 Free Day

9 July 2020

Cow  Appreciation Day

11 July 2020

World  Population Day

16 July 2020

World  Snake Day

18 July 2020

Nelson  Mandela Day

22 July 2020

Hammock  Day

31 July 2020

World  Ranger Day

August

1 August 2020

World  Wide Web Day

14 August 2020

Social  Security Day

16 August 2020

Men's  Grooming Day

19 August 2020

World  Humanitarian
 Day

20 August 2020

World  Mosquito Day

26 August 2020

Women's  Equality Day

29 August 2020

Individual  Rights Day

September

1 September 2020

Letter  Writing Day

8 September 2020

Literacy  Day

15 September 2020

Greenpeace  Day

24 September 2020

Punctuation  day

29 September 2020

World  Heart Day

30 September 2020

International  Podcast
 Day

October

7 October 2020

World  Day of Bullying
 Prevention

10 October 2020

World  Mental Health Day

12 October 2020

Old  Farmers Day

14 October 2020

World  Standards Day

15 October 2020

World  Student's Day

17 October 2020

Get  Smart About Credit
 Day

20 October 2020

Information  Overload
 Day

24 October 2020

United  Nations Day

29 October 2020

Internet  Day

November

6 November 2020

Stress  Awareness Day

7 November 2020

International  Project
 Management Day

8 November 2020

World  Quality Day

9 November 2020

World  Freedom Day

10 November 2020

World  Science Day for
 Peace and Development

14 November 2020

World  Diabetes Day

16 November 2020

International  Day for
 Tolerance

18 November 2020

Adoption  Day

19 November 2020

World  Toilet Day

22 November 2020

Flossing  Day

23 November 2020

Fibonacci  Day

December

1 December 2020

World  AIDS Day

7 December 2020

International  Civil
 Aviation Day

9 December 2020

International  
 Anti-Corruption Day

10 December 2020

Human  Rights Day

11 December 2020

International  Mountain
 Day

17 December 2020

Wright  Brothers Day

18 December 2020

International  Migrants
 Day

30 December 2020

Bicarbonate  of Soda day

A few ideas for activities around these days:

  • Distribute learning material
  • Expert talks
  • Cross functional meetings held by subject experts
  • Entries to forums/ events that talk of the subject
  • Brain storming sessions
  • Discussion forums

National Festivals

National festivals are an integral part of all employee engagement programs. These are days unique to the the country and the region and are celebrated in significant grandeur. It is critical to be accurate and inclusive while planning for a festival engagement activity. Chron talks of how workplace festival celebrations are critical to drive employee engagement at work place. This calendar ensures that the entire list of national festivals is covered in the yearly employee engagement plan.

There are 7 versions of this calendar, each listing the national holidays and festivals of India, USA, UK, Australia, UAE, Singapore and Philippines, respectively.

For example, the version that includes the festivals and holidays of India contains:

January

01  January 2020

New Year's Day

15  January 2020

Makar Sankranti / Pongal

26  January 2020

Republic Day

February

21  February 2020

Maha Shivaratri

March

09 March  2020

Holi

25 March  2020

Ugadi / Gudi Padwa

April

02 April  2020

Ram Navami

06 April  2020

Mahavir Jayanti

09 April  2020

Maundy Thursday

10 April  2020

Good Friday

12 April  2020

Easter

May

01 May  2020

Labor Day

07 May  2020

Budhha Purnima

23 May  2020

Eid-ul-Fitar

June

23 June  2020

Rath Yatra

July

30 July  2020

Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha

August

11  August 2020

Janmashtami

15  August 2020

Independence Day

21  August 2020

Muharram

22  August 2020

Vinayaka Chaturthi

31  August 2020

Onam

October

02  October 2020

Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti

25  October 2020

Dussehra / Dasara

31  October 2020

Halloween

November

14  November 2020

Diwali / Deepavali

28  November 2020

Thanksgiving

30  November 2020

Guru Nanak's Birthday

December

24  December 2020

Christmas Eve

25  December 2020

Christmas Day

31  December 2020

New Year's Eve

 

 Following are a few suggestions on activities that can be used for work place celebrations associated with national holidays :

  • Festive themed dress up day
  • Festive themed office     parties
  • Gift exchange
  • Festive themed competitions
  • Festive themed office     decorations
  • Festive themed     communications

Food themed Days

Ideal for potlucks and nurturing organisational culture, food themed days are inspired around classic food items. It is an opportunity for the employees to explore different cuisines and individualistic cooking styles. We have made sure that most of the foods in the food themed days are staple and are easy to source from a local provision store - thus ensuring the programs is inclusive for all.

Following is the list of office food themed days that are included in the calendar:

January

05 January 2020

Spaghetti  day

12 January 2020

Marzipan  day

19 January 2020

Popcorn  day

27 January 2020

Chocolate  Cake day

February

02 February 2020

Icecream  for Breakfast day

03 February 2020

Carrot  cake day

06 February 2020

Frozen  Yogurt day

09 February 2020

Pizza day

18 February 2020

Eat Ice  Cream For Breakfast Day

March

06 March 2020

Frozen  Office Food Day Day

25 March 2020

Waffle Day

April

21 April 2020

Tea Day

May

28 May 2020

Hamburger  Day

June

02 June 2020

Rocky Road  Day

07 June 2020

Doughnut  Day

10 June 2020

Iced Tea  Day

17 June 2020

Eat Your  Vegetables Day

July

05 July 2020

Apple  Turnover Day

15 July 2020

Gummi Worm  Day

21 July 2020

Junk  Office Food Day Day

28 July 2020

Milk  Chocolate Day

August

25 August 2020

Banana  Split Day

September

14 September 2020

Gobstopper  Day

October

01 October 2020

International  Coffee Day

11 October 2020

World Egg  Day

November

26 November 2020

Cake Day

December

02 December 2020

Fritters  Day

12 December 2020

Gingerbread  House Day

15 December 2020

International  Tea Day

A few suggestions for activities to celebrate office food days are:

  • Pot lucks
  • Employee food stalls
  • Recipe sharing
  • Team wise food presentation
  • Live kitchen
  • Employee lead cooking classes
  • Cooking competitions

Fun themed Days

As the name suggests- these are the days that could finally help you tackle those monday blues. The office fun days can be tactically used to fill gaps inthe traditional employee engagement calendars. This helps break monotony and add in an element of constructive quirkiness to the office environment.

January

03 January 2020

Festival  of Sleep day

04 January 2020

Pop music  chart day

08 January 2020

Show and  tell at work day

15 January 2020

Hat day

16 January 2020

Nothing  Day

17 January 2020

Ditch New  year's resolution day

21 January 2020

Hugging  day

23 January 2020

Handwriting  day

24 January 2020

Belly  Laugh day

25 January 2020

Office Fun  at Work day

30 January 2020

Inane  Answering Message Day

31 January 2020

Backward  Day

February

01 February 2020

Wear Red  Day

12 February 2020

Extraterrestrial  Culture Day

19 February 2020

International  Tug-of-War Day

23 February 2020

Curling Is  Cool Day

24 February 2020

World  Bartender Day

27 February 2020

Pokemon  Day

March

17 March 2020

Quilting  Day

26 March 2020

Make Up  Your Own Holiday Day

27 March 2020

Quirky  Country Music Song Titles Day

28 March 2020

Something  On A Stick Day

April

01 April 2020

Office Fun  Day

02 April 2020

Children’s  Book Day

04 April 2020

Tell A Lie  Day

09 April 2020

Name  Yourself Day

12 April 2020

Walk On  Your Wild Side Day

16 April 2020

Wear Your  Pajamas To Work Day

May

03 May 2020

Two  Different Colored Shoes Day

04 May 2020

Free Comic  Book Day

05 May 2020

World  Laughter Day

13 May 2020

Leprechaun  Day

14 May 2020

Chicken  Dance Day

19 May 2020

May Ray  Day

22 May 2020

Sherlock  Holmes Day

27 May 2020

Cellophane  Tape Day

June

09 June 2020

Rose Day

11 June 2020

Yarn  Bombing Day

12 June 2020

Walk On  Your Wild Side Day

18 June 2020

International  Picnic Day

19 June 2020

Garfield  The Cat Day

27 June 2020

Sunglasses  Day

July

01 July 2020

International  Joke Day

02 July 2020

I Forgot  Day

10 July 2020

Teddy Bear  Picnic Day

14 July 2020

Pandemonium  Day

17 July 2020

Tattoo Day

20 July 2020

World Jump  Day

23 July 2020

International  Yada Yada Yada Day

24 July 2020

Tell An  Old Joke Day

29 July 2020

Lipstick  Day

August

06 August 2020

Fresh  Breath Day

07 August 2020

Particularly  Preposterous Packaging Day

18 August 2020

Bad Poetry  Day

27 August 2020

Tug-of-War  Day

28 August 2020

Bow Tie  Day

30 August 2020

College  Colors Day

September

07 September 2020

Superhuman  Day

12 September 2020

Video  Games Day

19 September 2020

Talk Like  A Pirate Day

22 September 2020

Chainmail  Day

28 September 2020

Ask A  Stupid Question Day

October

05 October 2020

Chic Spy Day

06 October 2020

Mad Hatter  Day

09 October 2020

Bring Your  Teddy Bear To Work Day

18 October 2020

No Beard  Day

22 October 2020

Caps Lock  Day

25 October 2020

Punk for a  Day Day

28 October 2020

Animation  Day

November

20 November 2020

Universal  Children's Day

21 November 2020

World  Philosophy Day

27 November 2020

Jukebox  Day

30 November 2020

Stay Home  because you are well day

December

04 December 2020

Wear Brown  Shoes Day

05 December 2020

International  Ninja Day

06 December 2020

Faux Fur  Friday

08 December 2020

Pretend To  Be A Time Traveller Day

14 December 2020

Monkey Day

20 December 2020

Ugly  Christmas Sweater Day

22 December 2020

Flashlight  Day

27 December 2020

Make  Cut-out Snowflakes Day

28 December 2020

Card  Playing Day

29 December 2020

Tick Tock  Day

A few ideas for the engagement activities to celebrate fun themed days:

  • Fun themed dress up to office
  • Fun-themed competitions (Ask a stupid question day)
  • Fashion/ Costume Shows
  • Talent shows
  • Fun themed poetry/ literature/ art contests
  • Treasure hunts
  • Fun themed office parties
  • Fun day awarded as a Reward/ Recognition (
        Stay     Home because you are well day )

Employee well-being themed Days

This Deloitte insights article explores how employee well-being is not only a responsibility of  the employer, but also is apart of the human capital strategy. The employee well-being themed days help this year's employee engagement plan to be inclusive of physical and mental well-being initiatives for the employees.

Following is the list of employee well-being themed days included in the calendar.

January

06 January 2020

Cuddle up  day

07 January 2020

I’m Not  Going To Take It Anymore Day

09 January 2020

Play God  day

11 January 2020

Sketchnote  day

13 January 2020

Make your  dream come true day

20 January 2020

Day of  Acceptance

22 January 2020

Celebration  of Life day

February

07 February 2020

Send a  Card to a Friend Day

08 February 2020

Laugh And  Get Rich Day

10 February 2020

World  marriage day

11 February 2020

Make a  Friend Day

21 February 2020

International  Mother Language Day

26 February 2020

Tell A  Fairy Tale Day

March

02 March 2020

Old Stuff  Day

05 March 2020

Multiple  Personal Well-beingity Day

07 March 2020

Be Heard  Day

09 March 2020

Panic Day

10 March 2020

Day Of  Awesomeness

13 March 2020

No Smoking  Day

20 March 2020

International  Day of Happiness

24 March 2020

Flatmate’s  Day

29 March 2020

Smoke and  Mirrors Day

April

03 April 2020

Day Of  Hope

05 April 2020

Go For  Broke Day

08 April 2020

Draw a  Picture of a Bird Day

10 April 2020

Sibling  Day

11 April 2020

Pet Day

14 April 2020

Look Up at  the Sky Day

29 April 2020

International  Dance Day

30 April 2020

Honesty  Day

May

07 May 2020

Cosmopolitan  Day

09 May 2020

Teacher  Appreciation Day

11 May 2020

Eat What  You Want Day

15 May 2020

International  Day of Families

16 May 2020

Drawing  Day

17 May 2020

Bike To  Work Day

21 May 2020

World Day  for Cultural Diversity

24 May 2020

Brother’s  Day

25 May 2020

Geek Pride  Day

30 May 2020

Water a  Flower Day

June

01 June 2020

Global Day  of Parents

03 June 2020

Leave The  Office Earlier Day

08 June 2020

Best  Friends Day

13 June 2020

Farm  Workers Day

15 June 2020

Smile  Power Day

21 June 2020

International  Day of Yoga

23 June 2020

Let It Go  Day

24 June 2020

Please  Take My Children To Work Day

July

07 July 2020

Tell The  Truth Day

13 July 2020

Embrace  Your Geekness Day

19 July 2020

Talk In An  Elevator Day

27 July 2020

Parents’  Day

30 July 2020

International  Day of Friendship

August

02 August 2020

Coloring  Book Day

04 August 2020

Friendship  Day

05 August 2020

Work Like  a Dog Day

08 August 2020

Happiness  Happens Day

09 August 2020

Book  Lovers Day

10 August 2020

Lazy Day

11 August 2020

Play In  The Sand Day

13 August 2020

International  Lefthanders Day

21 August 2020

Poet’s Day

23 August 2020

Ride the  Wind Day

31 August 2020

We Love  Memoirs Day

September

03 September 2020

Another  Look Unlimited Day

06 September 2020

Bring Your  Manners To Work Day

17 September 2020

Locate An  Old Friend Day

18 September 2020

Respect  Day

23 September 2020

Family Day

25 September 2020

World  Dream Day

26 September 2020

Fitness  Day

27 September 2020

World  Tourism Day

October

13 October 2020

Train Your  Brain Day

19 October 2020

Evaluate  Your Life Day

November

02 November 2020

Dynamic  Harmlessness Day

05 November 2020

Love Your  Hair Day

11 November 2020

Origami  Day

13 November 2020

World  Kindness Day

15 November 2020

Clean Out  Your Refrigerator Day

17 November 2020

Unfriend  Day

24 November 2020

Celebrate  Your Unique Talent Day

25 November 2020

Shopping  Reminder Day

December

03 December 2020

Make A  Gift Day

16 December 2020

Day Of Reconciliation

19 December 2020

Re-gifting  Day

21 December 2020

Short  Story Day

23 December 2020

Roots Day

Ideal ways to celebrate these Employee well-being days are:

  • Free one-on-one counselling sessions
  • Group counselling sessions
  • Wall of creatives
  • Act the day ( Bike To Work Day , re-gifting day)
  • Workshops
  • Kindness ballot
  • Family/ Best Friend office party
  • Gift a professionally drafted plan (diet plan, tour plan, session plan, wellness plan)

Team Building themed Days

Team building initiatives are important to elevate the engagement of team members and is a key function of the leader to ensure it. This article in Entrepreneur discusses how such initiatives can have longstanding effects in team engagement.

Following is the list of Team building themed days:

January

02 January 2020

Motivation  and Inspiration day

10 January 2020

Cut your  energy costs day

29 January 2020

Freethinker's  day

February

14 February 2020

International  Book Giving Day

15 February 2020

No One  Eats Alone Day

16 February 2020

Innovation  Day

17 February 2020

Random  Acts Of Kindness Day

22 February 2020

Single  Tasking Day

25 February 2020

Play More  Cards Day

March

01 March 2020

Employee  Appreciation Day

08 March 2020

International  Women's Day

14 March 2020

International  Ask a Question Day

15 March 2020

World  Speech Day

18 March 2020

Companies  That Care Day

19 March 2020

Client’s  Day

April

15 April 2020

Microvolunteering  Day

24 April 2020

Administrative  Professionals Day

25 April 2020

Thank you  Thursday

26 April 2020

Get  Organized Day

May

08 May 2020

Receptionists  Day

23 May 2020

World  Product Day

June

14 June 2020

World  Blood Donor Day

20 June 2020

World  Productivity Day

July

06 July 2020

Take Your  Webmaster To Lunch Day

08 July 2020

Scud Day

12 July 2020

New  Conversations Day

25 July 2020

Intern Day

26 July 2020

One Voice  Day

August

03 August 2020

Clean Your  Floors Day

17 August 2020

Break The  Monotony Day

22 August 2020

Be An  Angel Day

September

04 September 2020

Global  Talent Acquisition Day

05 September 2020

Be Late  For Something Day

09 September 2020

Boss/Employee  Exchange Day

13 September 2020

Programmers’  Day

16 September 2020

Working  Parents Day

20 September 2020

Hug Your  Boss Day

21 September 2020

World  Gratitude Day

October

03 October 2020

Techies  Day

04 October 2020

Improve  Your Office Day

16 October 2020

Boss’ Day

21 October 2020

Clean Your  Virtual Desktop Day

23 October 2020

Event  Organizers Day

26 October 2020

Make A  Difference Day

30 October 2020

Checklist  Day

November

01 November 2020

Extra Mile  Day

03 November 2020

Zero  Tasking Day

04 November 2020

Job Action  Day

28 November 2020

Thanksgiving

29 November 2020

Day of  Listening

December

13 December 2020

Lost &  Found Day

26 December 2020

Thank You  Note Day

These are a few suggestions on how to celebrate Team building themed days:

  • Open house, Q & A with the CXOs
  • Meet the leadership team
  • Act the day (No one eats alone day, Thank you note day, etc)
  • Brain storming sessions
  • Guest inspirational speeches
  • Training sessions
  • Inter team competitions
  • 'Celebrate the stars of the day' office party (Techies day, Bosses day). (Plan parties using this checklist)

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December 11, 2019

366 Days of Employee Engagement

A year long of toil leads to the much anticipated, scantily few, days of celebrations and festivities. Imagine not having to wait even a day to bring in festive cheer for your employees. At the dawn of this new year, we present to you a calendar of days that makes EVERYDAY a celebration. This calendar of 366 days of Employee Engagement helps keep your employees actively engaged - every single day of the month and every month of the year.

The days in the calendar are categorised based on the kind of engagement activity it can include,such as:

·        Learning and Awareness themed days

·        National festivals

·        Food themed days

·        Fun themed days

·        Employee well-being themed days

·        Team Development themed days

Learning and awareness themed Days

Learning and awareness themed days are ideal to plugin your learning plans of the year and to get your employee aware of important technological, social and environmental phenomenons. For instance, TSC ran awareness campaigns on three of their clients to successfully illustrate how important awareness campaigns can be to the success of a company's information security policies and infrastructure.

Following is a list of learning and awareness days that are included in the engagement calendar:

January

18 January 2020 Thesaurus  day

28 January 2020 Global  Community Engagement
 Day

February

4 February 2020 World  Cancer day

13 February 2020 Employee  Legal Awareness
 Day

20 February 2020 World  Day of Social Justice

28 February 2020 Digital  Learning and
 Awareness Day

March

3 March 2020 World  Wildlife Day

11 March 2020

World  Plumbing Day

12 March 2020

Plant a  Flower Day

16 March 2020

Freedom  Of Information
 Day

22 March 2020

World  Water Day

23 March 2020

World  Meteorological Day

30 March 2020

Earth  Hour

31 March 2020

World  Backup Day

April

7 April 2020

World  Health Day

20 April 2020

Chinese  Language Day

22 April 2020

Earth  Day

23 April 2020

English  Language Day

27 April 2020

Morse  Code Day

28 April 2020

Work  Safety & Health day

May

2 May 2020

Password/  Cyber Security Day

6 May 2020

No Diet  Day

10 May 2020

Mother  Ocean Day

12 May 2020

Odometer  Day

20 May 2020

Be a  Millionaire Day

26 May 2020

Paper  Airplane Day

29 May 2020

Learn  About Composting Day

31 May 2020

Save  Your Hearing Day

June

4 June 2020

Tailors  day

6 June 2020

Gardening  Exercise Day

16 June 2020

Fresh  Veggies Day

22 June 2020

Positive  Media Day

25 June 2020

Color  TV Day

28 June 2020

Insurance  Awareness Day

29 June 2020

Camera  Day

30 June 2020

Social  Media Day

July

3 July 2020

International  Plastic Bag
 Free Day

9 July 2020

Cow  Appreciation Day

11 July 2020

World  Population Day

16 July 2020

World  Snake Day

18 July 2020

Nelson  Mandela Day

22 July 2020

Hammock  Day

31 July 2020

World  Ranger Day

August

1 August 2020

World  Wide Web Day

14 August 2020

Social  Security Day

16 August 2020

Men's  Grooming Day

19 August 2020

World  Humanitarian
 Day

20 August 2020

World  Mosquito Day

26 August 2020

Women's  Equality Day

29 August 2020

Individual  Rights Day

September

1 September 2020

Letter  Writing Day

8 September 2020

Literacy  Day

15 September 2020

Greenpeace  Day

24 September 2020

Punctuation  day

29 September 2020

World  Heart Day

30 September 2020

International  Podcast
 Day

October

7 October 2020

World  Day of Bullying
 Prevention

10 October 2020

World  Mental Health Day

12 October 2020

Old  Farmers Day

14 October 2020

World  Standards Day

15 October 2020

World  Student's Day

17 October 2020

Get  Smart About Credit
 Day

20 October 2020

Information  Overload
 Day

24 October 2020

United  Nations Day

29 October 2020

Internet  Day

November

6 November 2020

Stress  Awareness Day

7 November 2020

International  Project
 Management Day

8 November 2020

World  Quality Day

9 November 2020

World  Freedom Day

10 November 2020

World  Science Day for
 Peace and Development

14 November 2020

World  Diabetes Day

16 November 2020

International  Day for
 Tolerance

18 November 2020

Adoption  Day

19 November 2020

World  Toilet Day

22 November 2020

Flossing  Day

23 November 2020

Fibonacci  Day

December

1 December 2020

World  AIDS Day

7 December 2020

International  Civil
 Aviation Day

9 December 2020

International  
 Anti-Corruption Day

10 December 2020

Human  Rights Day

11 December 2020

International  Mountain
 Day

17 December 2020

Wright  Brothers Day

18 December 2020

International  Migrants
 Day

30 December 2020

Bicarbonate  of Soda day

A few ideas for activities around these days:

  • Distribute learning material
  • Expert talks
  • Cross functional meetings held by subject experts
  • Entries to forums/ events that talk of the subject
  • Brain storming sessions
  • Discussion forums

National Festivals

National festivals are an integral part of all employee engagement programs. These are days unique to the the country and the region and are celebrated in significant grandeur. It is critical to be accurate and inclusive while planning for a festival engagement activity. Chron talks of how workplace festival celebrations are critical to drive employee engagement at work place. This calendar ensures that the entire list of national festivals is covered in the yearly employee engagement plan.

There are 7 versions of this calendar, each listing the national holidays and festivals of India, USA, UK, Australia, UAE, Singapore and Philippines, respectively.

For example, the version that includes the festivals and holidays of India contains:

January

01  January 2020

New Year's Day

15  January 2020

Makar Sankranti / Pongal

26  January 2020

Republic Day

February

21  February 2020

Maha Shivaratri

March

09 March  2020

Holi

25 March  2020

Ugadi / Gudi Padwa

April

02 April  2020

Ram Navami

06 April  2020

Mahavir Jayanti

09 April  2020

Maundy Thursday

10 April  2020

Good Friday

12 April  2020

Easter

May

01 May  2020

Labor Day

07 May  2020

Budhha Purnima

23 May  2020

Eid-ul-Fitar

June

23 June  2020

Rath Yatra

July

30 July  2020

Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha

August

11  August 2020

Janmashtami

15  August 2020

Independence Day

21  August 2020

Muharram

22  August 2020

Vinayaka Chaturthi

31  August 2020

Onam

October

02  October 2020

Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti

25  October 2020

Dussehra / Dasara

31  October 2020

Halloween

November

14  November 2020

Diwali / Deepavali

28  November 2020

Thanksgiving

30  November 2020

Guru Nanak's Birthday

December

24  December 2020

Christmas Eve

25  December 2020

Christmas Day

31  December 2020

New Year's Eve

 

 Following are a few suggestions on activities that can be used for work place celebrations associated with national holidays :

  • Festive themed dress up day
  • Festive themed office     parties
  • Gift exchange
  • Festive themed competitions
  • Festive themed office     decorations
  • Festive themed     communications

Food themed Days

Ideal for potlucks and nurturing organisational culture, food themed days are inspired around classic food items. It is an opportunity for the employees to explore different cuisines and individualistic cooking styles. We have made sure that most of the foods in the food themed days are staple and are easy to source from a local provision store - thus ensuring the programs is inclusive for all.

Following is the list of office food themed days that are included in the calendar:

January

05 January 2020

Spaghetti  day

12 January 2020

Marzipan  day

19 January 2020

Popcorn  day

27 January 2020

Chocolate  Cake day

February

02 February 2020

Icecream  for Breakfast day

03 February 2020

Carrot  cake day

06 February 2020

Frozen  Yogurt day

09 February 2020

Pizza day

18 February 2020

Eat Ice  Cream For Breakfast Day

March

06 March 2020

Frozen  Office Food Day Day

25 March 2020

Waffle Day

April

21 April 2020

Tea Day

May

28 May 2020

Hamburger  Day

June

02 June 2020

Rocky Road  Day

07 June 2020

Doughnut  Day

10 June 2020

Iced Tea  Day

17 June 2020

Eat Your  Vegetables Day

July

05 July 2020

Apple  Turnover Day

15 July 2020

Gummi Worm  Day

21 July 2020

Junk  Office Food Day Day

28 July 2020

Milk  Chocolate Day

August

25 August 2020

Banana  Split Day

September

14 September 2020

Gobstopper  Day

October

01 October 2020

International  Coffee Day

11 October 2020

World Egg  Day

November

26 November 2020

Cake Day

December

02 December 2020

Fritters  Day

12 December 2020

Gingerbread  House Day

15 December 2020

International  Tea Day

A few suggestions for activities to celebrate office food days are:

  • Pot lucks
  • Employee food stalls
  • Recipe sharing
  • Team wise food presentation
  • Live kitchen
  • Employee lead cooking classes
  • Cooking competitions

Fun themed Days

As the name suggests- these are the days that could finally help you tackle those monday blues. The office fun days can be tactically used to fill gaps inthe traditional employee engagement calendars. This helps break monotony and add in an element of constructive quirkiness to the office environment.

January

03 January 2020

Festival  of Sleep day

04 January 2020

Pop music  chart day

08 January 2020

Show and  tell at work day

15 January 2020

Hat day

16 January 2020

Nothing  Day

17 January 2020

Ditch New  year's resolution day

21 January 2020

Hugging  day

23 January 2020

Handwriting  day

24 January 2020

Belly  Laugh day

25 January 2020

Office Fun  at Work day

30 January 2020

Inane  Answering Message Day

31 January 2020

Backward  Day

February

01 February 2020

Wear Red  Day

12 February 2020

Extraterrestrial  Culture Day

19 February 2020

International  Tug-of-War Day

23 February 2020

Curling Is  Cool Day

24 February 2020

World  Bartender Day

27 February 2020

Pokemon  Day

March

17 March 2020

Quilting  Day

26 March 2020

Make Up  Your Own Holiday Day

27 March 2020

Quirky  Country Music Song Titles Day

28 March 2020

Something  On A Stick Day

April

01 April 2020

Office Fun  Day

02 April 2020

Children’s  Book Day

04 April 2020

Tell A Lie  Day

09 April 2020

Name  Yourself Day

12 April 2020

Walk On  Your Wild Side Day

16 April 2020

Wear Your  Pajamas To Work Day

May

03 May 2020

Two  Different Colored Shoes Day

04 May 2020

Free Comic  Book Day

05 May 2020

World  Laughter Day

13 May 2020

Leprechaun  Day

14 May 2020

Chicken  Dance Day

19 May 2020

May Ray  Day

22 May 2020

Sherlock  Holmes Day

27 May 2020

Cellophane  Tape Day

June

09 June 2020

Rose Day

11 June 2020

Yarn  Bombing Day

12 June 2020

Walk On  Your Wild Side Day

18 June 2020

International  Picnic Day

19 June 2020

Garfield  The Cat Day

27 June 2020

Sunglasses  Day

July

01 July 2020

International  Joke Day

02 July 2020

I Forgot  Day

10 July 2020

Teddy Bear  Picnic Day

14 July 2020

Pandemonium  Day

17 July 2020

Tattoo Day

20 July 2020

World Jump  Day

23 July 2020

International  Yada Yada Yada Day

24 July 2020

Tell An  Old Joke Day

29 July 2020

Lipstick  Day

August

06 August 2020

Fresh  Breath Day

07 August 2020

Particularly  Preposterous Packaging Day

18 August 2020

Bad Poetry  Day

27 August 2020

Tug-of-War  Day

28 August 2020

Bow Tie  Day

30 August 2020

College  Colors Day

September

07 September 2020

Superhuman  Day

12 September 2020

Video  Games Day

19 September 2020

Talk Like  A Pirate Day

22 September 2020

Chainmail  Day

28 September 2020

Ask A  Stupid Question Day

October

05 October 2020

Chic Spy Day

06 October 2020

Mad Hatter  Day

09 October 2020

Bring Your  Teddy Bear To Work Day

18 October 2020

No Beard  Day

22 October 2020

Caps Lock  Day

25 October 2020

Punk for a  Day Day

28 October 2020

Animation  Day

November

20 November 2020

Universal  Children's Day

21 November 2020

World  Philosophy Day

27 November 2020

Jukebox  Day

30 November 2020

Stay Home  because you are well day

December

04 December 2020

Wear Brown  Shoes Day

05 December 2020

International  Ninja Day

06 December 2020

Faux Fur  Friday

08 December 2020

Pretend To  Be A Time Traveller Day

14 December 2020

Monkey Day

20 December 2020

Ugly  Christmas Sweater Day

22 December 2020

Flashlight  Day

27 December 2020

Make  Cut-out Snowflakes Day

28 December 2020

Card  Playing Day

29 December 2020

Tick Tock  Day

A few ideas for the engagement activities to celebrate fun themed days:

  • Fun themed dress up to office
  • Fun-themed competitions (Ask a stupid question day)
  • Fashion/ Costume Shows
  • Talent shows
  • Fun themed poetry/ literature/ art contests
  • Treasure hunts
  • Fun themed office parties
  • Fun day awarded as a Reward/ Recognition (
        Stay     Home because you are well day )

Employee well-being themed Days

This Deloitte insights article explores how employee well-being is not only a responsibility of  the employer, but also is apart of the human capital strategy. The employee well-being themed days help this year's employee engagement plan to be inclusive of physical and mental well-being initiatives for the employees.

Following is the list of employee well-being themed days included in the calendar.

January

06 January 2020

Cuddle up  day

07 January 2020

I’m Not  Going To Take It Anymore Day

09 January 2020

Play God  day

11 January 2020

Sketchnote  day

13 January 2020

Make your  dream come true day

20 January 2020

Day of  Acceptance

22 January 2020

Celebration  of Life day

February

07 February 2020

Send a  Card to a Friend Day

08 February 2020

Laugh And  Get Rich Day

10 February 2020

World  marriage day

11 February 2020

Make a  Friend Day

21 February 2020

International  Mother Language Day

26 February 2020

Tell A  Fairy Tale Day

March

02 March 2020

Old Stuff  Day

05 March 2020

Multiple  Personal Well-beingity Day

07 March 2020

Be Heard  Day

09 March 2020

Panic Day

10 March 2020

Day Of  Awesomeness

13 March 2020

No Smoking  Day

20 March 2020

International  Day of Happiness

24 March 2020

Flatmate’s  Day

29 March 2020

Smoke and  Mirrors Day

April

03 April 2020

Day Of  Hope

05 April 2020

Go For  Broke Day

08 April 2020

Draw a  Picture of a Bird Day

10 April 2020

Sibling  Day

11 April 2020

Pet Day

14 April 2020

Look Up at  the Sky Day

29 April 2020

International  Dance Day

30 April 2020

Honesty  Day

May

07 May 2020

Cosmopolitan  Day

09 May 2020

Teacher  Appreciation Day

11 May 2020

Eat What  You Want Day

15 May 2020

International  Day of Families

16 May 2020

Drawing  Day

17 May 2020

Bike To  Work Day

21 May 2020

World Day  for Cultural Diversity

24 May 2020

Brother’s  Day

25 May 2020

Geek Pride  Day

30 May 2020

Water a  Flower Day

June

01 June 2020

Global Day  of Parents

03 June 2020

Leave The  Office Earlier Day

08 June 2020

Best  Friends Day

13 June 2020

Farm  Workers Day

15 June 2020

Smile  Power Day

21 June 2020

International  Day of Yoga

23 June 2020

Let It Go  Day

24 June 2020

Please  Take My Children To Work Day

July

07 July 2020

Tell The  Truth Day

13 July 2020

Embrace  Your Geekness Day

19 July 2020

Talk In An  Elevator Day

27 July 2020

Parents’  Day

30 July 2020

International  Day of Friendship

August

02 August 2020

Coloring  Book Day

04 August 2020

Friendship  Day

05 August 2020

Work Like  a Dog Day

08 August 2020

Happiness  Happens Day

09 August 2020

Book  Lovers Day

10 August 2020

Lazy Day

11 August 2020

Play In  The Sand Day

13 August 2020

International  Lefthanders Day

21 August 2020

Poet’s Day

23 August 2020

Ride the  Wind Day

31 August 2020

We Love  Memoirs Day

September

03 September 2020

Another  Look Unlimited Day

06 September 2020

Bring Your  Manners To Work Day

17 September 2020

Locate An  Old Friend Day

18 September 2020

Respect  Day

23 September 2020

Family Day

25 September 2020

World  Dream Day

26 September 2020

Fitness  Day

27 September 2020

World  Tourism Day

October

13 October 2020

Train Your  Brain Day

19 October 2020

Evaluate  Your Life Day

November

02 November 2020

Dynamic  Harmlessness Day

05 November 2020

Love Your  Hair Day

11 November 2020

Origami  Day

13 November 2020

World  Kindness Day

15 November 2020

Clean Out  Your Refrigerator Day

17 November 2020

Unfriend  Day

24 November 2020

Celebrate  Your Unique Talent Day

25 November 2020

Shopping  Reminder Day

December

03 December 2020

Make A  Gift Day

16 December 2020

Day Of Reconciliation

19 December 2020

Re-gifting  Day

21 December 2020

Short  Story Day

23 December 2020

Roots Day

Ideal ways to celebrate these Employee well-being days are:

  • Free one-on-one counselling sessions
  • Group counselling sessions
  • Wall of creatives
  • Act the day ( Bike To Work Day , re-gifting day)
  • Workshops
  • Kindness ballot
  • Family/ Best Friend office party
  • Gift a professionally drafted plan (diet plan, tour plan, session plan, wellness plan)

Team Building themed Days

Team building initiatives are important to elevate the engagement of team members and is a key function of the leader to ensure it. This article in Entrepreneur discusses how such initiatives can have longstanding effects in team engagement.

Following is the list of Team building themed days:

January

02 January 2020

Motivation  and Inspiration day

10 January 2020

Cut your  energy costs day

29 January 2020

Freethinker's  day

February

14 February 2020

International  Book Giving Day

15 February 2020

No One  Eats Alone Day

16 February 2020

Innovation  Day

17 February 2020

Random  Acts Of Kindness Day

22 February 2020

Single  Tasking Day

25 February 2020

Play More  Cards Day

March

01 March 2020

Employee  Appreciation Day

08 March 2020

International  Women's Day

14 March 2020

International  Ask a Question Day

15 March 2020

World  Speech Day

18 March 2020

Companies  That Care Day

19 March 2020

Client’s  Day

April

15 April 2020

Microvolunteering  Day

24 April 2020

Administrative  Professionals Day

25 April 2020

Thank you  Thursday

26 April 2020

Get  Organized Day

May

08 May 2020

Receptionists  Day

23 May 2020

World  Product Day

June

14 June 2020

World  Blood Donor Day

20 June 2020

World  Productivity Day

July

06 July 2020

Take Your  Webmaster To Lunch Day

08 July 2020

Scud Day

12 July 2020

New  Conversations Day

25 July 2020

Intern Day

26 July 2020

One Voice  Day

August

03 August 2020

Clean Your  Floors Day

17 August 2020

Break The  Monotony Day

22 August 2020

Be An  Angel Day

September

04 September 2020

Global  Talent Acquisition Day

05 September 2020

Be Late  For Something Day

09 September 2020

Boss/Employee  Exchange Day

13 September 2020

Programmers’  Day

16 September 2020

Working  Parents Day

20 September 2020

Hug Your  Boss Day

21 September 2020

World  Gratitude Day

October

03 October 2020

Techies  Day

04 October 2020

Improve  Your Office Day

16 October 2020

Boss’ Day

21 October 2020

Clean Your  Virtual Desktop Day

23 October 2020

Event  Organizers Day

26 October 2020

Make A  Difference Day

30 October 2020

Checklist  Day

November

01 November 2020

Extra Mile  Day

03 November 2020

Zero  Tasking Day

04 November 2020

Job Action  Day

28 November 2020

Thanksgiving

29 November 2020

Day of  Listening

December

13 December 2020

Lost &  Found Day

26 December 2020

Thank You  Note Day

These are a few suggestions on how to celebrate Team building themed days:

  • Open house, Q & A with the CXOs
  • Meet the leadership team
  • Act the day (No one eats alone day, Thank you note day, etc)
  • Brain storming sessions
  • Guest inspirational speeches
  • Training sessions
  • Inter team competitions
  • 'Celebrate the stars of the day' office party (Techies day, Bosses day). (Plan parties using this checklist)

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Rani Joseph

Senior Manager - Marketing at Xoxoday. Apart from writing blogs and articles, she loves researching and reading.