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365 Days of Employee Engagement

Look no further for year long inspirations for your engagement programs.

December 11, 2019
by
Rani Joseph
Employee Engagement

365 Days of Employee Engagement

Mar 3, 2020
by
Rani Joseph
Employee Engagement Calendar for 2020 | Xoxoday

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 2020

1/18 - Thesaurus Day

1/28 - Global  Community Engagement Day

February 2020

2/4 - World Cancer day

2/13 - Employee Legal Awareness Day

2/20 - World  Day of Social Justice

2/28 - Digital  Learning and Awareness Day

March 2020

3 /3 - World Wildlife Day

3/11 - World  Plumbing Day

3/12 - Plant a  Flower Day

3/16 - Freedom Of Information Day

3/22 - World Water Day

3/23 - World Meteorological Day

3/30 - Earth Hour

3/31 -World Backup Day

April 2020

4/7 - World Health Day

4/20 - Chinese Language Day

4/22 - Earth Day

4/23 - English Language Day

4/27 Morse Code Day

4/28 Work Safety & Health day

May 2020

5/2 - Password/ Cyber Security Day

5/6 - No Diet Day

5/10 Mother Ocean Day

5/12 Odometer Day

5/20 - Be a Millionaire Day

5/26 - Paper Airplane Day

5/29 - Learn About Composting Day

5/31 - Save Your Hearing Day

June 2020

6/4 -Tailors day

6/6 - Gardening Exercise Day

6/16 - Fresh Veggies Day

6/22 - Positive Media Day

6/25 - Color TV Day

6/28 - Insurance Awareness Day

6/29 - Camera Day

6/30 - Social Media Day

July 2020

7/3 -International  Plastic Bag Free Day

7/9 - Cow Appreciation Day

7/11 - World Population Day

7/16 - World Snake Day

7/18 - Nelson Mandela Day

7/22 - Hammock Day

7/31 - World  Ranger Day

August 2020

8/1 - World  Wide Web Day

8/14 - Social  Security Day

8/16 - Men's  Grooming Day

8/19 -World  Humanitarian Day

8/20 - World  Mosquito Day

8/26 - Women's  Equality Day

8/29 - Individual  Rights Day

September 2020

9/1 - Letter  Writing Day

9/8 - Literacy  Day

9/15 - Greenpeace  Day

9/24- Punctuation  day

9/29 - World  Heart Day

9/30 - International  Podcast Day

October 2020

10/7 - World  Day of Bullying Prevention

10/10 - World  Mental Health Day

10/12 - Old  Farmers Day

10/14 - World  Standards Day

10/15 - World  Student's Day

10/17 - Get  Smart About Credit Day

10/20 - Information  Overload Day

10/24 - United  Nations Day

10/29 - Internet  Day

November 2020

11/6 undefined- Stress  Awareness Day

11/7 - International  Project Management Day

11/8 -World  Quality Day

11/9 - World  Freedom Day

11/10 - World Science Day for Peace and Development

11/14 - World  Diabetes Day

11/16 - International  Day for Tolerance

11/18 - Adoption  Day

11/19 - World  Toilet Day

11/22 - Flossing  Day

11/23 -Fibonacci  Day

December 2020

12/1 -World  AIDS Day

12/7 - International Civil Aviation Day

12/9 - International Anti-Corruption Day

12/10 - Human  Rights Day

12/11 - International Mountain Day

12/17 - Wright  Brothers Day

12/18 - International  Migrants Day

12/30 -Bicarbonate  of Soda day

A few ideas for activities around these days:

  • Discussion forums

National Fes

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 2020

1/1 - New Year's Day

1/15 - Makar Sankranti / Pongal

1/26 - Republic Day

February 2020

2/ 21 - Maha Shivaratri

March 2020

3/ 9 - Holi

3/25 - Ugadi / Gudi Padwa

April 2020

4/2 - Ram Navami

4/6 - Mahavir Jayanti

4/9 - Maundy Thursday

4/10 - Good Friday

4/12 - Easter

May 2020

5/1 - Labor Day

5/7 - Budhha Purnima

5/23 - Eid-ul-Fitar

June 2020

6/23 - Rath Yatra

July 2020

7/30 -Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha

August 2020

8/11 - Janmashtami

8/15 - Independence Day

8/21 - Muharram

8/22 - Vinayaka Chaturthi

8/31 - Onam

October 2020

10/2 - Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti

10/25 - Dussehra / Dasara

10/31 - Halloween

November 2020

11/14 - Diwali / Deepavali

11/28 - Thanksgiving

11/30 - Guru Nanak's Birthday

December 2020

11/24 - Christmas Eve

11/25 - Christmas Day

11/31 - 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 2020

1/5 -Spaghetti  day

1/12 - Marzipan  day

1/19 - Popcorn  day

1/27 - Chocolate  Cake day

February 2020

2/2 - Icecream  for Breakfast day

2/3 - Carrot  cake day

2/6 - Frozen  Yogurt day

2/9 - Pizza day

2/18 - Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

March 2020

3/6 - Frozen  Office Food Day Day

3/25 - Waffle Day

April 2020

4/21 - Tea Day

May 2020

5/28 - Hamburger  Day

June 2020

6/2 - Rocky Road  Day

6/7 - Doughnut  Day

6/10 - Iced Tea  Day

6/17 - Eat Your  Vegetables Day

July 2020

7/5 July 2020

Apple  Turnover Day

7/15 July 2020

Gummi Worm  Day

7/21 July 2020

Junk  Office Food Day Day

7/28 July 2020

Milk  Chocolate Day

August 2020

8/25 - Banana  Split Day

September 2020

9/14 - Gobstopper  Day

October 2020

11/1 - International  Coffee Day

11/11 - World Egg  Day

November 2020

11/26 - Cake Day

December 2020

12/2 - Fritters  Day

12 /12 - Gingerbread  House Day

12/15 - 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 2020

1/3 - Festival  of Sleep day

1/4 - Pop music Chart day

1/8 - Show and  tell at work day

1/5 - Hat day

1/6 - Nothing  Day

1/7 - Ditch New  year's resolution day

1/21 - Hugging  day

1/23 - Handwriting  day

1/24 - Belly  Laugh day

1/25 - Office Fun  at Work day

1/30 - Inane  Answering Message Day

1/31 January 2020

Backward  Day

February 2020

2/1 - Wear Red  Day

2/2 - Extraterrestrial Culture Day

2/19 - International Tug-of-War Day

2/23 - Curling Is  Cool Day

2/24 - World  Bartender Day

2/27 - Pokemon  Day

March 2020

3/17 - Quilting  Day

3/26 - Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

3/27 - Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

3/28 - Something  On A Stick Day

April 2020

4/1 - Office Fun  Day

4/2 - Children’s  Book Day

4/4 - Tell A Lie  Day

4/9 - Name Yourself Day

4/12 - Walk On Your Wild Side Day

4/16 - Wear Your  Pajamas To Work Day

May 2020

5/3 - Two Different Colored Shoes Day

5/4 - Free Comic  Book Day

5/5 - World  Laughter Day

5/13 - Leprechaun  Day

5/14 - Chicken  Dance Day

5/19 - May Ray Day

5/22 - Sherlock  Holmes Day

5/27 - Cellophane Tape Day

June

6/9 - Rose Day

6/11 - Yarn  Bombing Day

6/12 - Walk On  Your Wild Side Day

6/18 - International  Picnic Day

6/19 - Garfield  The Cat Day

6/27 - Sunglasses  Day

July 2020

7/1 - International  Joke Day

7/2 - I Forgot  Day

7/10 - Teddy Bear  Picnic Day

7/14 - Pandemonium  Day

7/17 - Tattoo Day

7/20 - World Jump  Day

7/23 - International Yada Yada Yada Day

7/24 - Tell An  Old Joke Day

7/29 - Lipstick  Day

August 2020

8/6 - Fresh  Breath Day

8/7 - Particularly  Preposterous Packaging Day

8/18 - Bad Poetry  Day

8/27 - Tug-of-War  Day

8/28 - Bow Tie  Day

8/30 - College  Colors Day

September

9/7 -Superhuman  Day

9/12 - Video  Games Day

9/19 - Talk Like  A Pirate Day

9/22 - Chainmail  Day

9/28 - Ask A  Stupid Question Day

October

10/5 - Chic Spy Day

10/6 - Mad Hatter  Day

10/9 - Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work Day

10/18 - No Beard  Day

10/22 - Caps Lock  Day

10/25 - Punk for a  Day Day

10/28 - Animation  Day

November

11/20 - Universal  Children's Day

11/21 - World  Philosophy Day

11/27 - Jukebox  Day

11/30 - Stay Home  because you are well day

December

12/4 - Wear Brown  Shoes Day

12/5 - International  Ninja Day

12/6 - Faux Fur  Friday

12/8 - Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day

12/14 - Monkey Day

12/20 - Ugly  Christmas Sweater Day

12/22 - Flashlight  Day

12/27 - Make Cut-out Snowflakes Day

12/28 - Card Playing Day

12/29 - 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 2020

1/6 - Cuddle up  day

1/7 - I’m Not  Going To Take It Anymore Day

1/9 - Play God  day

1/11 - Sketchnote  day

1/13 - Make your  dream come true day

1/20 - Day of  Acceptance

1/22 -Celebration  of Life day

February 2020

2/7 - Send a  Card to a Friend Day

2/8 - Laugh And  Get Rich Day

2/10 - World  marriage day

2/11 - Make a  Friend Day

2/21 - International  Mother Language Day

2/26 - Tell A  Fairy Tale Day

March 2020

3/2 - Old Stuff  Day

3/5 - Multiple  Personal Well-beingity Day

3/7 - Be Heard  Day

3/9 - Panic Day

3/10 - Day Of  Awesomeness

3/13 - No Smoking  Day

3/20 - International  Day of Happiness

3/24 -Flatmate’s  Day

3/29 - Smoke and  Mirrors Day

April 2020

4/3 - Day Of  Hope

4/5 - Go For  Broke Day

4/8 - Draw a  Picture of a Bird Day

4/10 - Sibling Day

4/11 - Pet Day

4/14 - Look Up at  the Sky Day

4/29 - International  Dance Day

4/30 - Honesty Day

May 2020

5/7 - Cosmopolitan  Day

5/9 -Teacher  Appreciation Day

5/11 - Eat What  You Want Day

5/15 - International  Day of Families

5/16 - Drawing  Day

5/17 - Bike To  Work Day

5/21 - World Day  for Cultural Diversity

5/24 - Brother’s  Day

5/25 - Geek Pride  Day

5/30 - Water a  Flower Day

June 2020

6/1 - Global Day of Parents

6/3 - Leave The Office Earlier Day

6/8 - Best  Friends Day

6/13 - Farm  Workers Day

6/15 - Smile Power Day

6/21 - International Day of Yoga

6/23 -Let It Go Day

6/24 - Please Take My Children To Work Day

July 2020

7/7 - Tell The  Truth Day

7/13 - Embrace  Your Geekness Day

7/19 - Talk In An  Elevator Day

7/27 - Parents’  Day

7/30 - International  Day of Friendship

August 2020

8/2 - Coloring  Book Day

8/4 - Friendship  Day

8/5 - Work Like  a Dog Day

8/8 - Happiness  Happens Day

8/9 - Book Lovers Day

8/10 - Lazy Day

8/11 - Play In  The Sand Day

8/13 - International  Lefthanders Day

8/21 - Poet’s Day

8/23 - Ride the  Wind Day

8/31 - We Love  Memoirs Day

September 2020

9/3 - Another Look Unlimited Day

9/6 - Bring Your  Manners To Work Day

9/17 - Locate An  Old Friend Day

9/18 - Respect  Day

9/23 -Family Day

9/25 - World  Dream Day

9/26 - Fitness Day

9/27 - World Tourism Day

October 2020

10/13 - Train Your  Brain Day

10/19 - Evaluate  Your Life Day

November 2020

11/2 - Dynamic Harmlessness Day

11/5 - Love Your  Hair Day

11/11 - Origami  Day

11/13 - World  Kindness Day

11/15 - Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

11/17 - Unfriend  Day

11/24 - Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

11/25 - Shopping Reminder Day

December 2020

12/3 - Make A Gift Day

12/16 - Day Of Reconciliation

12/19 - Re-gifting  Day

12/21 - Short Story Day

12/23 - 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 2020

1/2 - Motivation  and Inspiration day

1/10 -Cut your  energy costs day

1/29 - Freethinker's  day

February 2020

2/14 - International  Book Giving Day

2/15 - No One  Eats Alone Day

2/16 - Innovation  Day

2/17 - Random Acts Of Kindness Day

2/22 - Single  Tasking Day

2/25 - Play More  Cards Day

March 2020

3/6 - Employee  Appreciation Day

3/8 - International  Women's Day

3/14 - International  Ask a Question Day

3/15 - World  Speech Day

3/18 - Companies  That Care Day

3/19 - Client’s  Day

April 2020

4/15 - Microvolunteering  Day

4/24 - Administrative  Professionals Day

4/25 - Thank you  Thursday

4/26 - Get Organized Day

May 2020

5/8 - Receptionists  Day

5/23 - World  Product Day

June 2020

6/14 -World  Blood Donor Day

6/20 -World  Productivity Day

July 2020

7/6 -Take Your Webmaster To Lunch Day

7/8 - Scud Day

7/12 - New Conversations Day

7/25 - Intern Day

7/26 - One Voice  Day

August 2020

8/3 - Clean Your  Floors Day

8/17 - Break The  Monotony Day

8/22 - Be An  Angel Day

September 2020

9/4 - Global  Talent Acquisition Day

9/5 - Be Late  For Something Day

9/9 - Boss/Employee  Exchange Day

9/13 - Programmers’  Day

9/16 - Working  Parents Day

9/20 - Hug Your  Boss Day

9/21 - World  Gratitude Day

October 2020

10/3 - Techies  Day

10/4 - Improve  Your Office Day

10/16 - Boss’ Day

10/21 - Clean Your  Virtual Desktop Day

10/23 - Event  Organizers Day

10/26 - Make A  Difference Day

10/30 - Checklist  Day

November 2020

11/1 - Extra Mile  Day

11/3 - Zero Tasking Day

11/4 - Job Action  Day

11/28 - Thanksgiving

11/29 - Day of  Listening

December 2020

12/13 - Lost &  Found Day

12/26 - 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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