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We're delighted you've bought The Planager and we're excited to share our Awareness Days ideas with you.

You can use them to create a bit of fun within the team whilst building an inclusive workplace where employee wellbeing is embraced and supported.

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Veganuary

• Do you have a vegan in your team? Ask them to share their favourite recipe to inspire others to do a vegan day at home, maybe they can bring in something to sample!

• Organise a ‘vegan’ lunch day and ask all the team to make something to share or order in

https://veganuary.com/

Dry January

• Make an effort to recognise individuals that are taking up a resolution this year and encourage them to stick to it!

• If you’re planning team events/night out then try to be inclusive with those who are participating in dry January – Mocktails and Virgin Cocktails are a great way to help them feel included and supported

National Mentoring Month/ I am a Mentor Day

• Do you have people in the business that are great role models? Why not sign them up to train as a mentor?

• Consider implementing a mentoring scheme in the business if you don’t already have one

https://www.mentoring.org/campaigns/national-mentoring-month/

National Storytelling Week

• This doesn’t just have to be for kids! Do your teams know the ‘story’ of the business? It’s important for staff to understand the journey that the company has been on. Where did the business start? What page is the company on now? Where will the story (business) take everyone? Is the story mapped out yet?

• Encourage a team storytelling session where everyone shares something about themselves that other’s don’t know

World Braille Day

• Accessibility is so important for the blind and visually impaired. Evaluate your business and review how accessible your company is for the visually impaired – this could be for staff and clients alike

https://brailleworks.com/what-is-world-braille-day/

Quitters’ Day

• Try and motivate each another to not quit today by having a team board to share commitments and update on how you are all doing

• Start it from the new year if everyone has a resolution they’d like to stick to and turn it in to a competition

https://runningmagazine.ca/the-scene/quitters-day-why-strava-thinks-youre-about-to-give-upyour-resolution/

World Religion Day

• Today is about promoting understanding of different religions – would anyone in your team be willing to share any interesting facts about their faith or why it’s important to them?

• It’s a day to consider diversity and inclusion and to embrace our different cultures

Blue Monday

• The third Monday of January is reported to be the saddest day of the year - bad weather, lack of daylight hours, the lingering aftermath of the festive guilt/indulgences and the long wait until pay day are all contributary factors!

• Check up on your team to see how they are doing and maybe plan something fun for the day to lift the mood

• Also remember to check in with yourself – you can’t lift others up if you don’t look after number one first!

National Thesaurus Day

• Word of the Day Challenge: Start the day with a "Word of the Day" challenge. Choosing a unique or unusual word from the thesaurus and challenge colleagues to incorporate it into their conversations or written communication throughout the day.

National Popcorn Day

• Popcorn Bar: Set up a popcorn bar in a common area at work. Providing different types of popcorn (buttered, caramel, cheese, etc.) and a variety of toppings such as M&M's, sweets, and sprinkles. Allow everyone to create their custom popcorn mixes

• If you want to go all out, have an afternoon break from work and screen a movie for the team for everyone to watch with their popcorn!

Cheese Lovers Day

• Everyone loves cheese (apologies to those who are lactose intolerant). Have a cheese day with tasting everyone to bring a different cheese to work (go crackers!)

• Post a fun ‘cheesy’ team photo on social media • See who knows the cheesiest joke • Re-visit team goals – if you can brie-lieve it – you can achieve it!

Global Belly Laugh Day

• Laughter is contagious – and that’s scientifically proven. Release those stress hormones, increase your endorphins and encourage laughter in your team • Can you arrange a team outing to a comedy gig or sign up to an online one? • Ask everyone to share their best joke and pick a winner

https://bellylaughday.com/

Burns Night

• Neeps, tatties and haggis anyone?

• Celebrate Burns night – poetry, Scottish dancing and can anyone play the bagpipes??

https://www.scotland.org/events/burns-night

National Fun at work day

• Office Olympics: Organise some light-hearted office games and competitions, such as desk paper airplane contests, or ping-pong tournaments. Encourage employees to form teams, compete, and enjoy some friendly rivalry. Award small prizes to the winning teams to add to the excitement and fun at work!

• Theme Day: Pick a fun and creative theme for the day, and encourage colleagues to dress up or bring in food, drink or a souvenir/item that fits the theme! Whether it's a retro '90s day or a movie character theme, the key is to make it a fun and imaginative day for the team!

National Lego Day

• Unlocking creativity, one brick at a time! How about hosting a team building exercise for your team using only lego and see what creative masterpieces are created!

LGBT+ History Month

• Create a "LGBT+ History Spotlight" campaign featuring relevant stories throughout history. Share these via email, on your company's intranet, or on social media.

• Check out the website for some ideas on how you can join in on LGBT+ within the workplace.

• There’s a handy link to a wall chart that you could put up on the wall for your team to see

https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk/

National Apprenticeship Week

• If you don’t have an apprentice in your team then you could research this as an option

• It creates an opportunity for someone in the team to mentor the apprentice and also it’s ‘giving something back’ by creating an opportunity for someone to learn your business and hone new skills

• If you do have an apprentice in your team – celebrate this and acknowledge the hard work they do to help support the business, run a story on your socials

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-apprenticeship-week-2022-date-announced

Eating Disorder Week

• This is triggering topic for some so please be mindful when discussing and sharing information about this subject. Creating a Resource Hub so that employees have a dedicated section on your company's intranet with links to reliable resources, helplines, and support organisations related to eating disorders or even leaflets/cards with support information on which is readily available in the office.
Time to Talk Day

• Mental Health Workshops: Organise mental health workshops or training sessions led by professionals to educate employees about mental health, how to recognise signs, and how to support their colleagues, friends and family.

• Story Sharing: Encourage staff to share their personal mental health journeys or experiences with mental health challenges. This can help reduce stigma and create a sense of community.

• Coffee or Tea Breaks: Designate specific breaks during the day for people to come together over coffee or tea to have informal conversations about mental health. Provide conversation starters and discussion topics.

World Cancer Day

• Organise a charity bake sale or a sponsored challenge event to support this worthy charity

• Sadly, cancer touches most of us/our families at some point in our lives so be mindful this might be triggering for some of your staff

https://www.worldcancerday.org

National Wear Red Day

• Raise awareness of signs of cardiovascular disease in women

• This is an easy one – ask everyone to come to work in something red and have a donations option

https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/give/wear-red-and-give

National Send a Card to a Friend Day

• Help everyone get creative by creating their own cards and then sending them to someone at work who they want to thank or show support for

National Pizza Day

• Who doesn’t love pizza? Why not get your team together for a lunch break pizza bonanza!

• Either make your own (recipe link below) and bring it in for a team competition or… easy peasy - just order Dominoes! (other suppliers are available )

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pizza-margherita-4-easy-steps

https://www.dominos.co.uk/blog/celebrate-national-pizza-day-with-dominos-deals/

Pancake Day

• A pancake decorating competition amongst the team, like a ‘Great British Bake off’ but for pancakes, then everyone submits a photo, and the winner gets a prize!

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/cakedecorltd/pancake-decorating-ideas/

Valentine’s Day

• Remember everyone needs a little love! Not everyone is all coupled up on Valentine’s day so spread the love in the office – buy a bag of little chocolate hearts and leave one on everyone’s desk – ahhhhh

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Valentines-Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day

• Give staff the opportunity to volunteer for a few hours during work hours. Partner with local charities or non-profits and allow employees to choose their preferred volunteering activity.

• Set up a compliment exchange booth or box, where each employee draws a colleague's name and writes a heartfelt compliment or note of appreciation. Encourage everyone to place these notes on their colleague's desk.

National Love Your Pet Day

• Pet Photo Contest: Organise a pet photo competition where employees can submit photos of their pets. Encourage creative categories like "Best Dressed Pet," "Most Unique Pet," or "Cutest Pet Photo." Give out prizes or certificates to the winners.

• Pet Charities or Adoption Drives: Partner with local pet charities or animal shelters to raise awareness

World Spa Day

• On-Site Mini Spa Treatments: Bring in massage therapists or spa professionals to provide short chair massages, hand massages, or aromatherapy sessions for staff during breaks or lunchtime. You could invite everyone to bring in face masks and treatments and have an hour break to relax and bring the spa vibe to the office with Alexa providing the background music!

• Wellness Workshops: Host wellness workshops that teach everyone relaxation techniques, stress management, and self-care practices. This can include yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises.

Women’s History Month

• Women's History Spotlight: Create a "Women's History Spotlight" campaign featuring profiles of notable women throughout history. Share these profiles via email, on your company's intranet, or on social media.

• Lunch-and-Learn Sessions: Host educational sessions or panel discussions featuring influential women, both within and outside the company. They can share their experiences, insights, and lessons learned.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

• 1 in 5 people are neurodiverse – do you know if that includes anyone in your team?

• Ask the team to share their stories, if they are willing, or ask an expert to come in and talk to the team about how neurodiversity brings benefits to the workplace

• Look at your recruitment process and strategy to see if you can do more to encourage neurodiversity in the workplace and how that will benefit your business

https://adhdfoundation.org.uk/2021/03/15/neurodiversity-celebration-week-2021/

Nutrition and Hydration Week

• Set a team challenge for everyone to drink 2 litres of water a day (all week!)

• Staying hydrated and nourished is vital for brain function and therefore performance

• Do you provide appropriate facilities at work for your team to brew up and store/cook food for their lunch break?

https://nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/

World Autism Awareness Week

• FACT: only 16% of people with autism are in employment and this needs to change!

• We all need to understand autism better, does anyone in your team have any experience of this condition they could share to help raise awareness?

• Organise a charity day to raise funds for this worthy cause

https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/corporate

Employee Appreciation Day

• Personalised Thank You Notes: Write personalised thank-you notes to each staff member, highlighting their contributions and expressing your appreciation for their work. If your workplace utilises social media, you could also share the appreciation via social channels.

• Catered Breakfast or Lunch: Arrange for a special catered breakfast, lunch, or a dessert bar to treat your team to delicious food and beverages.

• Flexible Hours or Time Off: Offer people the option to leave work early, start late, or take a half-day as a special Employee Appreciation Day perk.
World Book Day

• Reading is great for your wellbeing – it’s escapism and thought provoking

• Create a little space in your staff room for unwanted/read books - then everyone can share and benefit

• If there is a book you think is life-changing or inspiring (professional or personal) then buy a copy for everyone and leave it on their desks

• Ask the team if anyone wants to set up a book club

https://www.worldbookday.com

International Women’s Day

• Celebrate the women in your team and everything they’ve achieved • Remember to communicate that today is about shaping a better future that is gender equal

• Positively challenging gender bias makes a huge difference, use today to reflect on what the company could do better

• Don’t shout about it on social media if you haven’t done anything internally to ensure the equality of your team

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Mothers Day

• Flower Distribution: Hand out flowers or plants to all mothers in the office as a symbol of appreciation.

National Napping Day

• Insomnia affects around 1 in 3 people in the UK

• Lunch time power naps anyone?

• If you or anyone in your team has problems sleeping then maybe consider a sleep management programme or look at the various different apps you can download to help (charges may apply!)

• Give everyone a lie in!

Red Nose Day

• Wear Red Noses: Encourage employees to purchase and wear red noses, which are the iconic symbol of Red Nose Day. These noses can be distributed in advance or sold at the workplace.

• Red Dress Code: Encourage employees to wear red clothing on Red Nose Day. You can even host a "Best Dressed in Red" competition with prizes for the most creatively dressed individuals.

St Patricks Day

• Invite everyone to wear green to celebrate Paddy’s Day!

• Irish Themed Treats: Provide Irish-themed snacks and treats, such as green cupcakes, Irish soda bread, or even a traditional Irish lunch. Make sure to include vegetarian or nonalcoholic options for everyone.

• Educational Trivia: Host a St. Patrick's Day trivia quiz during a break or lunchtime. Include questions about the history, culture, and traditions of Ireland.

International Read to Me Day

• Provide reading materials and resources in common areas of the workplace. Create a designated "Reading Nook" with a collection of books and cosy seating for everyone to enjoy.

• Invite staff to share their favourite books or stories

Spring Equinox

• Spring-Themed Refreshments: Offer spring-themed snacks and refreshments, such as fruit salads, fresh juices, and pastries. Consider having a "Healthy Spring Snack Bar" with a variety of nutritious options.

• Decorate the workplace with spring-themed decor such as flowers, potted plants, and pastel colours to create a vibrant and fresh atmosphere.

International Day of Happiness

• Look out for colleagues that have been working from home – they may feel isolated (particularly if they live alone),what can you do to help them feel happy and included in the team?

• Take the time to ask everyone what makes them happy or ask them what would make them happier at work and implement any ideas you can

https://happinessday.org

World Poetry Day

• Writing poems is a great way to be creative or turn it into a bit of fun! Most people haven’t done it since school so why not get everyone to give it a go

• Get your team together and challenge them to write a 4 or 6 line fun poem (or limerick) about a subject of your choice that’s work related – get the creativity flowing

https://poetrysociety.org.uk/education/national-poetry-day/

World Theatre Day

• Dress-up Day: Invite staff to come to work dressed as characters from their favourite plays, musicals, or movies. You can have a "Best Costume" contest with small prizes.

• Have a team outing to the theatre Easter

• To celebrate the upcoming Easter weekend (you could provide Easter-themed snacks and treats, such as hot cross buns, chocolate bunnies, or carrot cake. Consider dietary restrictions and offer a variety of options.

• Easter Decorations: Decorate the workplace with Easter-themed decor such as pastelcoloured banners, spring flowers, and Easter eggs. You can also encourage employees to bring in their own decorations. This can then be used for content on social media to post on Easter Sunday!

Stress Awareness Month

• Not all signs of stress are obvious, spend time getting to know your team on a deeper level this month so you recognise changes in behaviour.

• Consider arranging Mental Health First Aid Training

• Be mindful of people’s home lives and how that can impact on their day-to-day moods and performance • Consider your overall company culture – do you have a balance of productivity and fun or is it a high stress environment

• Have a look at the HSE stress risk assessment https://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/riskassessment.htm

https://www.stress.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-month

Move More Month

• Lunchtime Yoga anyone? We know someone who can run sessions for you online!

• Organise a walk/cycle to work event one day a week

• Challenge everyone to do a minimum of 5,000 steps a day – that’s achievable!

• For those who travel by bus – encourage them get off a stop earlier and walk the extra distance

http://www.movemoreuk.com/workplaces

National Parks Week

• Do you have a park near the office or do people have a park near their home? If so encourage everyone to get out for a walk and some fresh air, either on their own or as a team

• If the weather is nice enough wht not have a picnic?

April Fool’s Day

• A day for play and fun, get creative but remember to play nice! Be mindful of making anyone feel unfairly singled out or taking the ‘joke’ too far

• You could play spot the April fool’s story in the press

Autism Awareness Day

• Only 22% of adults with Autism are in any kind of employment - that is why this awareness day exists • Make sure you are an inclusive employer and adapt to the needs of your employees.

• Make sure your work environment and culture understands autism and how to support anyone with autism in a work environment, get a professional in to speak to all the staff to help promote understanding

• Look at your recruitment practices and whether you could be doing more to give disadvantaged people an opportunity

https://www.un.org/en/observances/autism-day

National Walking Day

Celebrating National Walking Day at work is a great way to promote physical activity and employee well-being.

• Set a goal for the number of steps or miles to walk during the workday.

• Encourage everyone to have walking meetings. These can be one-on-one discussions or small group meetings.

Walk to Work Day

Promoting Walk to Work Day is a great way to encourage sustainable transportation and physical activity among your employees.

• Start by creating awareness well in advance of the event. Use posters, emails, and social media to inform employees about Walk to Work Day.

• Offer incentives to encourage participation, such as prizes, gift cards, or recognition for those who walk to work.

World Health Day

• How are you supporting your own and your team’s mental health today?

• Physical health can be improved at work through regular movement, try not to sit for long periods without any movement

• Stretching at your desk, walking to meetings and a walk upstairs can increase your daily movement - small changes can increase your physical and mental health

• Health includes financial and nutritional health – pick one area and focus on that for the day. Get in a guest expert for a masterclass if necessary

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2022

National Pet Day

Celebrating National Pet Day is a fun and meaningful way to show appreciation for your pets and promote animal welfare.

• If your workplace allows it, invite people to bring their well-behaved pets to the office for the day. Ensure that any necessary policies or guidelines are in place to ensure the safety and comfort of all staff and pets.

• Set up a collection point for pet supplies and donations. Staff can bring in items like food, blankets, toys, or monetary donations to support local animal shelters or rescue centres.

Appreciation Day

Celebrating Appreciation Day at work is an excellent way to recognise and thank your team for their hard work and dedication.

• Host an awards ceremony to celebrate staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance, dedication, or achievements. You can have categories such as "Employee of the Year," "Team Player Award," or "Innovation Award."

• Distribute small gifts or tokens of appreciation, such as customised mugs, keychains, or company-branded items, as a way to say thank you.
World Art Day

• Have an art competition on a theme • Get the teams to compete against each other over a game of Pictionary

• Ask every team member to create a small piece of artwork and put them all together to make a big piece of art for the business - this can be really inclusive if your team are working from home

https://idealart.com.au/pages/art-team-building-activity-ideas

World Voice Day

Celebrating World Voice Day is an excellent way to promote vocal health and communication skills.

• Invite local or in-house experts to conduct voice workshops focused on public speaking, effective communication, and voice modulation. These can help employees improve their speaking skills.

International Creativity & Innovation Day

• Get the team to come up with a new way of doing a task, making it more effective or fun

• Consider how you could bring more creativity to your team meetings – ask for suggestions?

• How many times have you heard the phrase ‘We’ve always done it that way’ – how about gently challenging that and coming up with more innovative ways to carry out processes.

• Ask everyone what one process they would like to improve and why, take a vote and have everyone work on it as a project

https://www.un.org/en/observances/creativity-and-innovation-day

National Tea Day

• We’re based in Yorkshire, so every day is tea day!

• Having a special tea day is a great excuse to put the kettle on – not that we needed one!

• Do a ‘cuppa and a catch up’ with all your team just to have a relaxed informal catch up and see how they are doing personally

https://www.facebook.com/nationalteaday

Earth Day

• Invest in some bin liners and litter pickers so you can tidy up the rubbish in and around your workplace

• Start recycling bin(s) in your workplace – someone might like to start this initiative in the workplace and get everyone involved

• Think about switching computers off overnight, not having a radiator on next to an open window and other energy saving solutions to help our earth

• Ask everyone how they think the company could be more green

https://www.earthday.org

International Dance Day

• We all have a favourite song that gets us dancing every time without fail – get a team playlist on the go! • Have a lunch time dance class to get everyone up and moving (and laughing)

• Put on the radio at work and have a boogie!

https://www.international-dance-day.org/internationaldanceday

National Walking Month

• Set up a walking challenge with the team to see who can get the most steps in each week or for the month, everyone will feel the benefit

• Take your meetings outdoors- encourage walking meetings to help people feel more energised and to get the creative juiced flowing with a change of scenery

• Help everyone to learn more about their local areas by organising a local treasure hunt

https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/Staff/Health-and-wellbeing/Calendar/

National Smile Month

• A smile brightens everyone’s day – set everyone a challenge to smile at as many people as possible for a day and then report back on how they found it and what other people’s reactions were - see how infectious it can be

• If you don’t have dental health as part of your benefits package look into the cost and options – it can be a relatively inexpensive benefit but can make a real difference for people

• If you do have a dental benefit use this month to focus on it and advertise it around the office to encourage people to make the most of it

https://www.dentalhealth.org/about-national-smile-month

Mental Health Awareness Month

• What have you done to improve mental health in the workplace?

• If you have private medical or and EP scheme which offers counselling, share the details with the team as a remidner

• Think about having a mental health ambassador, a ‘buddy’ system for those working from home and make sure mental health is on your agenda when you have meetings

• Ask for feedback from your team about what can be implemented to improve mental health at work and make sure that this is covered in your 1:1s

• Implement mental health first aid training for a few key people in the team

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/campaigns

Sun Awareness Week

Promoting Sun Awareness Week at work is an excellent way to raise awareness about the importance of sun protection and skin health.

• Host workshops or seminars featuring healthcare professionals or dermatologists who can share insights on skin health, sun protection, and early detection of skin cancer.

• Share sun safety tips and reminders by placing posters, infographics, or desk/monitor stickers to encourage employees to protect themselves from the sun.

• Have suncream in the office so that anyone who goes out on their lunchbreak can use it

Mental Health Awareness Week

• Host wellness activities to help reduce stress, work on mindfulness and offer small prizes and incentives for those who participate.

• Share a list of mental health resources, including hotlines, crisis helplines, and local support groups.

Bike Week

• Ensure your workplace has bike-friendly facilities like secure bike racks, showers, and locker rooms for employees who bike to work.

• Start promoting Bike Week well in advance, giving employees ample time to plan for their participation. You can use email, company newsletters, or posters to create awareness.

• Do you offer a Cycle to Work scheme? If so, now is the time to advertise it.

Learning at Work Week

• Arrange a ‘job swap’ where members of your team get to learn what others do in the business, this is really good for awareness, understanding and team building

• Does everyone have a training and development plan? Who takes ownership of it? Is it regularly reviewed in 1:1s and appraisals? If not take some time this week to do a full review of the process and commit to action points

https://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/pages/news/category/learning-at-work-week

International Harry Potter Day

• Have you got a team of Harry Potter fans??

• Encourage employees to dress up as their favourite Harry Potter characters. Consider having a costume contest with prizes for the best costumes.

• Host a Harry Potter trivia competition with questions related to the books, movies, and characters.

• Offer Harry Potter-themed food and drinks, such as Butterbeer, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and chocolate frogs, in the cafeteria or break room.

May the 4th be with you - Star Wars Day

• Any Star Wars fans in the office?? Why not have a quiz and see who the biggest fan is?

• Arrange a team cinema trip to watch one of the movies

• Get everyone to bring in Star Wars themed food and have a buffet lunch with the team

• Come up with a Star Wars themed crafting activity to get everyone involved in – whether it’s with lego or toilet rolls!

https://www.starwars.com/star-wars-day

World Laughter Day

“There is little success where there is little laughter” – Andrew Carnegie

• Laughter is contagious – it’s why we’re all about bringing the fun, it motivates and engages and makes us feel connected to those we’re laughing with.

• Why not play some quick fun games with everyone and boost the mood

• Arrange a night at a local comedy club or arrange for the team to have some stand-up training if you have a few performers!

https://www.laughterforhealth.co.uk/world-laughter-day/

World Red Cross Day

Celebrating and promoting World Red Cross Day is an opportunity to honour the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations and raise awareness about their humanitarian efforts.

• Offer CPR and first aid training to staff. This not only promotes awareness of Red Cross services but also equips individuals with life-saving skills.

• Organize workshops or presentations to educate employees about the history, mission, and activities of the Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations. Invite representatives from local chapters to speak.

Eat What You Want Day

• Arrange for food trucks to park near your workplace and offer a diverse selection of delicious meals. Staff can choose what they want for lunch.

• Encourage employees to bring their favourite dishes into work to share with colleagues. This can feature a variety of foods, from different cuisines to desserts.

• Give everyone a gift voucher for Deliveroo or Just Eat so they can order what they want for tea

International Day of Families

• Host a family picnic or barbecue event in a nearby park or at your workplace if there's outdoor space available. Invite employees to bring their families for a day of food, games, and relaxation.

World Baking Day

World Baking Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the art of baking and enjoy delicious treats with your colleagues at work.

1. Bake-Off Competition:
     • Organise a baking competition where staff can showcase their baking skills. You can have categories like cakes, cookies, bread, and pastries.
2. Baking Workshops:
    • Arrange for a professional baker to conduct baking workshops at your workplace. Everyone can learn new baking techniques or recipes as a team-building activity.
3. Recipe Exchange:
    • Encourage staff to share their favourite baking recipes. You can compile these recipes into a booklet or create a digital document for everyone to access.

World Bee Day

• Did you know that bees fart?!

• Did you also know that eating local honey can help with hayfever? Why not drop a jar on everyone’s desk?

• Beeswax makes for some great craft activities to get everyone involved and getting creative

https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

International Tea Day

• Encourage employees to bring their favour tea flavour or tea infused snacks or desserts to share with the team!

• Create a tea-themed quiz for the team with questions centred around tea traditions, flavours and the history of tea. Offer tea-themed prizes!

• Do a tea round if you’re someone who doesn’t normally offer!

National Biscuit Day

• This one needs no explanation does it?

• Have a cookie making competition or a biscuit decorating competition

• Leave cookies on everyone’s desk in the morning

• Do the biscuit alphabet challenge

• Take time out as a team for tea and biscuits so everyone can just relax and catch up with each other

• Get dunking!!

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/event/national-biscuit-day

National Creativity Day

• Set up art and craft stations and encourage everyone to take short creative breaks during the day to get crafty.

• Redecorate or transform a workspace in the office into a creative and inspiring area. This could include colourful decorations, artwork, or whiteboards for brainstorming.

• Ask everyone what they would do if they could be more creative in their role.

Pride Month

• Take a look at the link for more insight in to the history of Pride Month and ideas for celebration

• Check out of there is a local pride march your company could get involved in

• Educate your teams to understand challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ people

https://nationaltoday.com/pride-month

National Volunteers Week

• Volunteers are AMAZING! They give their time, energy and smiles to so many worthy causes

• Why not get your company involved and donate a day/half a day to helping a local charity – many of them would love help with their premises, gardens etc.

• Get everyone involved by voting for a charity to support – remember your local independents too!

https://volunteersweek.org/

Mens Health Week

Promoting men's mental health in the workplace is crucial for creating a supportive and inclusive environment. Men can face unique challenges when it comes to mental health, and addressing these issues can lead to happier and more productive employees.

• Mental Health Workshops: Host workshops that focus on men's mental health issues, such as stress management, emotional well-being, or coping strategies. Invite mental health professionals to facilitate these sessions.

• Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Offer Employee Assistance Programs that provide confidential counselling and support services for employees who may be struggling with mental health issues.

• Create a safe and supportive atmosphere where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health.

https://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/health-and-wellbeing/helpful-links/mens-health-week

Global Day of Parents

• Review and promote your family friendly policies • If you have any employee groups that include a parents group get them involved in putting on a talk or an event

https://internationaleventday.com/event/global-day-of-parents/

Leave the Office Early Day

• Surprise your team and let them leave the office early!

• If you think they might need to plan their workload in advane then let them know earlier in the week what the plan is.

World Bicycle Day

• Organise a group cycle event for the cycling enthusiasts in the team

• Look at options to raise money for the company charity by entering an event

• Promote your company cycle to work scheme

National Cheese Day

• Organise a cheese tasting event. Provide crackers, fruits, and wine or non-alcoholic beverages to accompany the cheese.

• Create cheese and charcuterie boards for everyone to enjoy during breaks or lunch.

Global Running Day

• Encourage people to participate in a group run during lunchtime or after work. Choose a scenic route, park, or local trail for the run. Make it inclusive for all fitness levels by offering options for both beginner and experienced runners.

• Invite local runners or coaches to give workshops on running techniques, warm-up exercises, or injury prevention.

• See if anyone in the team wants to take on the Couch to 5K challenge.

National Fish and Chip Day

• As if we needed an excuse! Did you know that fish and chips is the most popular takeaway in the UK?

• Organise a lunchtime team bonding session and get the fish and chips in for a treat

https://www.heart.co.uk/lifestyle/food-drink/national-prosecco-day-date/

World Ocean’s Day

• Use today to focus on sustainability and what people can do at work and at home

• Look in to local or national charities running events or sharing information raising awareness

• Encourage everyone to commit to something that will have a positive impact

https://worldoceanday.org

Beer Day In Britain

• This sounds like the perfect excuse for a team night out – non-alcoholic beers can be an option for the teetotallers

• Is it sunny today!? Find a nice beer garden for everyone to have a drink in after work

• Take an hour at the end of the day for everyone to have a drink from the ‘beer fridge’ and celebrate the recent wins

https://www.beerdaybritain.co.uk

Father’s Day

• Why not have a Dad jokes contest?!

• Review your Paternity Policy, 2 weeks on statutory pay is not great – can you do more?

International Picnic Day

• Weather dependant, plan and invite the team for a team picnic lunch during the day. Ask everyone to bring some picnic snacks and foods to share.

World Refugee Day

• Help raise awareness of the plight of refugees and gain support for their cause

• Is there a local charity that your business can support with donations or by having volunteers help out for a day?

https://www.un.org/en/observances/refugee-day

Summer Solstice

• Encourage everyone to time out today to meditate for just 5 mins, the summer solstice is a great time to reflect on the past season and set goals for the season ahead.

• Is it warm today!? If so, make an effort to encourage everyone to get outside on their lunch break for a picnic in the park

• Take the team strawberry picking

https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-summer-summer-solstice

National Writing day

• Organise a writing contest where employees can submit their essays, stories, or poems.

• Ask everyone to create a blog or a feature for the website or socials.

National Bingo Day

• Who doesn’t love a game of Bingo!

• Work night out at the local Bingo hall? (Bonkers bingo is a great one to find!)

• Team lunchtime Bingo for fun at the local Mecca?

https://nationalbingoday.co.uk/

National Camera Day

• Organise a photography contest. Set a theme, such as "The Beauty of the Office" or "Nature in the City," and encourage everyone to submit their photos and give out prizes.

• Set up a photo booth with props and backdrops in the office for employees to take fun and creative photos.

Social Media Day

• As we all know, social media is a great tool for positively promoting your business – how can you get the team more involved in the company social media so they can advocate for what a great company it is?

• If you’re a small company and you don’t have a marketing department then hold a brainstorming session on how you can improve your social media and engage more customers with your business.

• It could be an opportunity to upskill someone in your team with some social media training.

• Run training for the team so they understand how to use their Linkedin or other social pages to help promote the business.

National Picnic Month

• Take your team out for a picnic!

• Ask each member of the team to make something to bring along – and it has to be homemade.

• Can you organise a game to play at the picnic to bring the team together?

Samaritans ‘Talk to Us’ Month

• Offer a safe space today for anyone to come and have a chat with you, in case they have anything they want to raise to do with home life or work.

• For today, listen to someone in a meeting without interrupting to make them feel heard. • Train staff to be Mental Health first aiders or champions

https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/talk-us/

Plastic Free July

• Do you recycle in your workplace? If not, now is the time to start! Set some targets for the month.

• Check your tea bags are plastic free and replace them if they’re not – you’d be surprised!

• Set your team a challenge to reduce plastic and home and at work this month, get your clients involved too!

https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

International Joke Day

• They say that laughter is the best medicine. After all, there are actually a lot of health benefits that are associated with laughing. Laughter can help to protect you from the damaging impact of stress, diminish pain, boost mood, and strengthen your immune system.

• Take turns in telling jokes in the office or head out to a local comedy club for a night of fun!

Start of Wimbledon

• Bring some strawberries and cream in the office to celebrate the start of Wimbledon.

• Set up a sweepstake

National Reggae Day

• That’s the playlist sorted – it’s a great mood booster! -

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DXbSbnqxMTGx9?si=2b281e5feaae4b5d

World Chocolate Day

• The best day!!! Chocolate spread on toast, cupcakes, hot chocolate, boxes of chocolate…so many possibilities

• Surprise your team with a mid-afternoon chocolate treat or a chocolate bar on their desk when they come in

• It might be worth organising a team walk to work it off too!

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/read-this/world-chocolate-day

National Give Something Away Day

• Encourage everyone to take a look in their wardrobes and cupboards and take this opportunity to do a bit of purging and give some of those things away.

• Do a swap shop at work or take everything to a local charity shop

• Ask everyone to bring some items in for the local foodbank

National Cherry Day

• Why not go cherry picking and then you can make your own Cherry Pie – delicious.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cherry-pie

International Chess Day

• Checkmate! Celebrate International Chess Day by playing or learning to play the game of chess. Set up a chess board in the office and split into teams and have a go. It’s great fun and very competitive.

• How about a Boardgame night?

• We can also recommend watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix!

National Ice Cream Day

• Get the ice-creams in for everyone or organise an ice-cream van if you can

National Wine and Cheese Day

• How about a wine and cheese picnic after work?

• Get everyone to bring in their favourite cheese and you supply the wine (include some nonalcoholic versions)

International Day of Friendship

• Have you taken on any new people recently, if so make sure they are buddied up with someone who can help them with any questions they have

• Encourage a skill sharing day

• Encourage everyone to take their lunch break and spend time with their friends today

• Give a shout out to everyone for supporting each other at work

https://www.un.org/en/observances/friendship-day

National Wellness Month

National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Research shows that self-care helps manager stress and promotes happiness. A small change can have a positive impact. Encourage the team to:

• Increase water intake

• Add more fruits and veggies to meals

• Monitor sleep and make adjustments for better sleep habits

• Join a yoga, walking or aerobics class

• Learn to meditate

World Breastfeeding Week

• Do you know anyone who is breast feeding currently? If so, take some time this week to check in with them about how they are doing, breast feeding can be extremely difficult for some women.

• Where possible, can you develop parent-friendly workplace policies that promote and support breastfeeding? Do you have a space for breastfeeding mums to express?

• Have a think, as a manager, how you can provide time, space and support for breastfeeding workers

https://waba.org.my/wbw/

Afternoon Tea Week

• Afternoon tea week is the perfect time to bring staff together for a tea morning with lots of goodies!

• Ask each member of the team to bring an item from a traditional afternoon tea in • Provide scones for everyone – now is it jam or cream first??

Yorkshire Day

• Lets celebrate Yorkshire!! Buy some Yorkshire tea, if you don’t already have it, and enjoy a cup of Yorkshire brew!

• Get some Betty’s treats in – how about a Fat Rascal? • If you live in Yorkshire, why not visit one of the Yorkshire events this year.

https://www.yorkshire.com/inspiration/features/yorkshire-day

Cycle to Work Day

• Take part in the UK’s biggest cycling commute and cycle to work today instead of taking the car.

• Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t cycled in years or have never cycled at all. This is just about giving it a go.

• Sign up to the ‘Love to Ride Community’ on either FB and Strava and get involved online. Log your ride and enter the prize draw.

https://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/cycletoworkday

International Beer Day

• The best way to celebrate international beer day is enjoying a cold refreshing one (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

• Can you do a beer tasing of some international beers?

National Day for Play

• Let everyone leave early so they can go on a play date with their kids (or be a big kid themselves)

• Get everyone playing board games over lunch or take them on a team building activity in the evening

National Book Lovers Day

• Set up (or get someone in the team to set up) a book club

• Get everyone to share their favourite business or holiday book

• Set up an office library so people can book share

Lazy Day

• Lie-ins all round?

International Vlogging Day

• Run a Vlogging competition, ask the team to vlog about a day at work and then pick a winner and share them all on social media
National Prosecco Day

• Why not treat the team to a glass at the end of the day?!

Never Give Up Day

• Never give up day is all about motivating each other! Ask your team to come up with a motivational quote each to share with the team today.

• Is there anyone who is doing something that needs motivation, help them out today!

https://www.countryliving.com/life/g32102614/never-give-up-quotes/?slide=6

World Photography Day

• Do you take many photos at work? Capture some more memories at work today, you could even get them printed and stick them up where everyone can see them! • How decorative is your workspace? Could you look at getting some local photography to make it more appealing? • Can you get in a professional photographer to take team photos?

National Radio Day

• Turn up the tunes!

National Beach Day

• Near a beach? Lucky you! Get the team down there on their lunch break

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

• Educate yourself and others about suicide prevention: Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide, how to support someone considering suicide

• Consider mental health training for managers or staff at work so they can spot the early warning signs

• Partner with a local mental health specialist to talk about suicide prevention or managing mental health challenges

Organic September

• There are so many things you can do to support organic living, why not encourage your team to shop organic as much as they can this week?

• Make one small swap to an organic cuppa!

https://www.soilassociation.org/take-action/organic-living/organic-september/

Festival of Learning Have a Go Month

• Over this month there will be conferences, talks and activities held across England. Could you and the team try one of the classes they have on offer on their website?

https://free2learn.org.uk/have-a-go-month

National Inclusion Week

How to celebrate National Inclusion Week:

1. Hire experts to give talks or ask the team to share their stories for better understanding

2. Create an annual calendar of inclusive events

3. Lead by example and set the right tone

4. Establish a safe space and clear guidance on how to get support if people feel unsafe

International Week of Happiness at Work

• This could be a great week to introduce a gratitude/recognition programme for your staff, if you don’t already have this in place. Letting your team know how grateful you are for them helps build a positive and successful environment in the company.

• Can you bring any new benefits into the company to reward your staff? Brainstorm this to see what you can come up with!

https://www.virginincentives.com/blog/10-ways-to-recognise-international-week-of-happiness-atwork-with-your-teams/

World Letter Writing Day

• Get out the pen and paper and start writing! Keep it simple and maybe just right a thank you note or a note of appreciation

International Day of Charity

This was established by the United Nations in 2012 and encourages individuals, organisations, and governments to come together to support charitable causes and make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. You can support this day by:

• Making a Charitable Donation

• Volunteering your time and skills

• Hold a Fundraising Event

Read a Book Day

• It could be fiction or non fiction, encourage people to enjoy some time out of the day to relax and read.

World Suicide Prevention Day

• Have meeting with each of your team to see how they are feeling both at work and at home and if there is anything you can do to help or take the pressure off?

https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/world-suicide-prevention-day/

Positivity Thinking Day

Encourage your team to try any of the following:

• Start the day positively by saying “Today is going to be a good day!” This will set the tone for the day ahead

• Say some affirmations. These are positive sentences about you or your circumstances that can give you boldness, confidence and self-esteem.

• Show gratitude for the simple things in life.

• Be kind to someone today.

National Cheeseburger Day

• Perfect opportunity for a team lunch

World Gratitude Day

• Present special "Gratitude Awards" or certificates to employees who have demonstrated outstanding teamwork, support, or dedication. You can hold a brief awards ceremony to honour them.

• Set up a gratitude wall where staff can post sticky notes or messages expressing their gratitude for others.

International Day of Sign Languages

• Arrange sign language workshops

World Heart Day

• Today is all about using heart in everything you do – what can you suggest today as an activity to warm the hearts of your team? – Maybe an hour off work to do have a cuppa and a chat?

• Can you get involved with today by having a coffee morning and raising money for the heart foundation?

• What could your team do for your clients or customers to go that extra mile?

International Podcast Day

• Ask everyone to share their favourite podcast, it can be one they’ve heard or a podcast they listen to weekly and share ideas and your favourite elements of the podcast to inspire others to listen too!

• Set up a company podcast and ask for volunteers to get involved

Giving Tuesday

• Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community or a cause you care about. Do you have a Charity that you are all passionate about helping in your
team? If so, why not use this day to organise a way to support this charity. This could be through volunteering or even putting on an event for them.

https://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

• Breast cancer is something we may all be affected by in our lives whether that is personally or through someone we know. Today is all about sharing your support for people who are affected.

Go Sober for October

• Challenge your team to be sober this October! Could you do this for a Charity and set up a chart in your workplace for how everyone is doing?

• For anyone who is trying Sober October, help them celebrate the small wins! • Arrange for a speaker or someone in the business to share their story about going sober

https://www.gosober.org.uk

National Bullying Prevention Month

• Use this month to reiterate company values and expectations, to talk about respect and inclusion and to provide anti-bullying training

Dyslexia Awareness Week

• Participating in Dyslexia Awareness Week can make a significant difference in promoting understanding and support for individuals with dyslexia.

• Use this week to promote awareness or offer support • Consider Access to Work support for anyone who is affected https://www.gov.uk/access-towork

World Vegetarian Day

• Around 10% of the world’s population is 10%. Challenge the team to not eat meat for the day and try out some vegetarian recipes instead.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegetarian-dinner-recipes

International Music Day

• Get the radio on

• If anyone is in a band or plays an instrument arrange for them to put on a show for staff

• Get someone in to run a workshop on how to play an instrument or to sing together

International Coffee Day

• Give everyone a voucher for a free Starbucks or Costa

World Smile Day

• People celebrate world smile day by doing random acts of kindness – set the team a challenge.

• Ask people what makes them smile and see if you can make it happen for them.

www.worldsmileday.com

World Mental Health Day

• World mental health day is all about checking in on your staff to make sure they are ok and not struggling, take at least 5 minutes today to check in with your team, that 5 minutes might make all the difference.

www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

World Values Day

• Have you got business values? If not, now is a great day to come up with some values that show what you are about as a company.

• If you have Values, do your team know and agree with them? A good idea for today could be to brainstorm any new values that could be added to your list.

https://www.worldvaluesday.com/

National Pumpkin Day

• Set up a pumpkin carving competition, you provide the pumpkins!

National Mentoring Day

• This is a great opportunity to set up a mentoring scheme, promote a scheme, or join a local scheme that your team can take part in
Halloween

• Decorate the office and announce your pumpkin carving winner!

Movember - Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month

• This is another opportunity to focus on men’s health and to support the men on your team who are raising money

https://uk.movember.com/

Talk Money Week

      • Money can be a great source of stress for people. Arrange for an expert to come in and share tips around money and personal finances.

Anti-Bullying Week

     • This is when you can come together to have discussions about what bullying means, how banter can turn into something more hurtful, and what each individual can do to stop bullying.     • Run workshops and encourage people to speak up if they have seen or experienced any inappropriate or offensive behaviour

National Stress Awareness Day

• One of the best ways to relieve some stress is to get creative, to let that brain focus on something else for at least 5 minutes! Can you organise a quick creative activity you could do as a team today, this could be anything from drawing to playing a game!

• Being stressed is a tough feeling, make sure your team know they can voice this to you and remind them of this today.

https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/health-and-wellbeing/

World Vegan Day

• A good, and affordable idea, for world vegan day could be to organise a vegan theme lunch for the team. This doesn’t need to be anything fancy, why not try a buffet style option.

• Have you got anyone in your team who is a vegan? Can they share their best vegan recipes?

https://vegfund.org/blog/what-will-you-do-world-vegan-day-and-month

World Kindness Day

• World kindness day is all about general kindness in work and home life. We have an idea for you to try today, ask your team to each write a positive message on a post-it note and leave it on someone’s desk. Pop names into a hat to decide the person you are giving your message to

https://www.kindnessuk.com/world_kindness_day_kindness_day_uk.php

International Men’s Day

• Often men can have stress/mental health issues they don’t want to talk about, check in with the men today!

https://internationalmensday.com/

Thanksgiving

• There are so many things you can do to celebrate thanksgiving, it’s all about being grateful for what you have around you. So, an idea for your team is to set up a “Thank you” themed employee recognition program today, show your staff how much you appreciate them and why, it will make their day!

• Have a thanksgiving lunch

https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving

Decembeard

• The annual sponsored beard grow is back! All across the country men will be putting away the razors and growing beards for December to raise awareness and money to support our vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer, can you as a team join them this year!?

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/support-us/fundraise/decembeard/

Illumination Street Week

• Illumination Street is an annual event that celebrates the passion, flair and effort that people across Britain undertake to brighten up their streets in the build-up to Christmas. Use this week to decorate your office or workspace! Bright, festive decorations bring a lot of happiness and positivity into the workspace!

• Can you challenge your team members to DIY a brand new Christmas decoration for the office!? One rule… It has to be hand made!

https://illuminationstreet.com/

Christmas Jumper Day

• Sally’s favourite day of the year! It is an absolute necessity to wear a Christmas jumper today in the workplace.

• Making it in to a competition

• Use the day to raise money for Save The Children

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

Small Business Saturday

• Today is the day to support small businesses all around you, no matter what the industry, ask your team who you can partner with and support from the local community

• What better way to celebrate than with some food/hot drinks from an independent cafe, grab something today from a local small business café!

https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

National Brownie Day

• They go perfect with a cup of Yorkshire Tea!

Chocolate Covered Anything Day

• Today is all about Chocolate!! On this day, dip and drizzle your favourite foods in every kind of chocolate imaginable. As a manager can you bring in some chocolate for people to have today?

• Why not challenge a creative member of the team to create some chocolate covered foods for you all to try… chocolate covered strawberries is always a popular one!

https://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/chocolate-covered-anything-day

Winter Solstice

• You could celebrate the Winter Solstice by decorating an indoor/outdoor yule tree because why not, this could be a fun activity for the team to do before Christmas!

• How about some Christmas carols to go with it?

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