We have compiled a list of the major employee events and monthly themes to be aware of for all of 2021! Add our Public Google calendar here.
At Epoch it has been so inspiring to see all the companies we work with continue to support their employees in meaningful ways during these challenging times. At the end of the day, showing up for each other and making space for ourselves is something we hope is top of mind for you and your employees and continues to be moving forward.
For this new year, we wish you all a healthy, safe, and incredible year to come filled with tremendous opportunities for growth and good.
Starting off the 2021 new year on the right foot; major internal events for this month should revolve around employee wellness and mentoring. Planning events around health and wellness, as well as looking into opportunities to help those around you through volunteering or mentorship experiences fall in line with getting employees back to work in a good headspace.
Month Themes: Employee Wellness, National Mentoring Month
January 1 - New Year’s Day
January 11 - Clean Off Your Desk Day
January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Since February is Black History Month, you can use this time to educate employees and come together with your ERGs to provide resources and support on this topic. Evaluate DEI efforts within your company’s workplace to find areas of improvement in order to foster a greater sense of inclusivity for all. This ties into the other theme of focusing on human relations this month to ensure employees can bring their full selves to work and be productive. Gather feedback and suggestions from employees on how they could be even more successful in the workplace.
Month Themes: Black History, Human Relations, Love
February 2 - International Crêpe Day
February 4 - World Cancer Day
February 4 - Rosa Parks’ Day
February 4 - Thank Your Mail Delivery Person Day
February 9 - National Pizza Day
February 14 - Valentine’s Day
February 16 - Mardi Gras
February 20 - World Day of Social Justice
February 24 - Tortilla Chip Day
February 26 - International Pistachio Day
March is the opportunity to celebrate all the amazing women on your team and empower them to continue to reach their full potential in their roles. Efforts can be put into planning events or webinars to educate the team on Women’s history and gender equality in the workplace as well as celebrate the achievements of women on your team.
Month Themes: Women’s History, Gender Equality
March 5 - Employee Appreciation Day
March 8 - International Women’s Day
March 14 - Pi Day
March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day
March 20 - International Day of Happiness
March 20 - First Day of Spring
March 23 - National Puppy Day
March 25 - World Waffle Day
March 31 - Equal Pay Day
March 31 - International Transgender Day of Visibility
This month’s focus will bring everyone down to earth by planning events and environmental initiatives to give back to our planet and each other. Find some opportunities that will bring employees outside to feel reconnected and refreshed. It is also the perfect time to involve employees in volunteering initiatives and virtual social impact activities to inspire them to help out others within their communities.
Month Themes: Earth, Celebrate Diversity, National Volunteer Month, Stress Awareness
April 1 - April Fool’s Day
April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day
April 2 - Walk to Work Day
April 7 - World Health Day
April 10- National Siblings Day
April 12 - Grilled Cheese Day
April 16 - Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
April 18-24 - National Volunteer Week
April 22 - Earth Day
April 22 - Bring Your Kids to Work Day
April 23 - National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)
April 28 - Administrative Professionals Day
Employee well-being should always be top of mind. May is a very important month to bring light to mental health and the resources and support available to employees. Offer webinars or live chats to start the conversation, and improve internal communication surrounding this topic are primary steps to creating an inclusive culture. Stress-relieving events can also tie in with mental health by giving employees an opportunity to take a break and clear their minds.
Month Themes: Mental Health, Asian Pacific Heritage Month
May 2 - National Infertility Survival Day
May 4 - Star Wars Day
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 9 - Mother’s Day
May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
May 21 - World Meditation Day
May 21 - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21 - Bike to Work Day
May 28 - Hamburger Day
May 31 - Memorial Day
This month, employee activities and engagement events can be centered around celebrating pride and members of, as well as allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Love is love and employees should feel empowered to be true to themselves in the workplace with full acceptance. Creating an inclusive company culture and one where all employees feel they belong, is the ultimate goal. Creating fitting events for all employees, with DEI in mind, will surely help achieve that goal.
Month Theme: Pride
June 12 - Loving Day
June 13 - Race Unity Day
June 18 - Picnic Day
June 19 - Juneteenth
June 20 - Father’s Day
June 20 - First Day of Summer
June 25 - Take Your Dog to Work Day
The summer has officially begun which means school is out! Encourage working parents in a remote work environment to enjoy the sunshine and spend time outside with their children. To support working parents, you can also offer kid-friendly activities that their children can participate in to get everyone engaged. By creating events that have a focus on improving employee life, it will in turn make them more productive at work.
Month Theme: Summer Kick-Off
July 1 - Canada Day
July 4 - Independence Day
July 8 - Video Games Day
July 11 - World Populace Day
July 18 - International Nelson Mandela Day
July 21 - Junk Food Day
July 25 - International IVF Day
July 26 - National Disability Independence Day
July 29 - Lasagna Day
July 30 - International Day of Friendship
With August’s focus on National Civility and politeness, many workplaces give their employees daily challenges to improve employee relationships and a way to engage with others on different teams. Another idea is to plan webinars or fireside chats with various guest speakers to inspire employees and happy hour events to come together as a team for some fun.
Month Theme: National Civility Month
August 3 - Watermelon Day
August 9 - International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
August 12 - International Youth Day
August 17 - Marcus Garvey Day
August 19 - World Humanitarian Day
August 26 - Women’s Equality Day
September is a busy time for working parents with children going back to school. This gives the perfect opportunity for L&D activities regarding a work-life balance and time management. There is also the opportunity to tie in employee engagement activities with local charities and celebrate Hispanic heritage amongst the team.
Month Themes: Hispanic Heritage, National Guide Dog Month, Back to School
September 5 - International Charity Day
September 6 - Labor Day
September 16 - National Working Parents Day
September 21 - International Day of Peace
September 22 - First Day of Fall
October brings the opportunity to bring awareness to breast cancer and plan creative events to raise money to support this cause. It is also LGBTQ+ history month where ERGs can come together and plan L&D activities and engaging events to bring light to all the related civil rights movements. It’s a time of celebration and coming together as a community.
Month Themes: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LGBTQ History Month, National Work and Family Month
October 1 - International Coffee Day
October 2 - International Day of Nonviolence
October 10 - World Mental Health Day
October 11 - National Coming Out Day
October 11 - National Native American Day
October 15 - White Cane Safety Day (Blind Awareness)
October 16 - World Food Day
October 16 - Bosses’ Day (Canada)
October 21 - Spirit Day (LGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying)
October 29 - Internet Day
October 31 - Halloween
November is the month to plan employee events to celebrate the various cultures of your team members. Use this opportunity to partner with ERGs to create learning opportunities and cultural celebrations to celebrate diversity in the workplace. This is also the month of Movember so many companies run activities and events to raise money for men’s health issues like prostate cancer.
Month Themes: Movember, National Native American Heritage Month
November 3 - Take Our Kids to Work Day (Canada)
November 9 - World Freedom Day
November 11 - Remembrance Day & Veterans Day
November 13 - World Kindness Day
November 15 - Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
November 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20 - Children’s Day (Canada)
November 25 - Thanksgiving
November 30 - Giving Tuesday
As the end of the year approaches, it is the perfect time to relive all the individual and collective goals that were achieved amongst the team. The year starts to wind down for the holiday season and employee celebration events are in full swing to show appreciation towards all employees and a successful year. This is also the perfect opportunity to collect employee feedback to help the planning process for the new year in order to improve the employee experience and workplace culture.
Month Theme: Universal Human Rights Month
December 1 - World AIDS Day
December 1 - Rosa Parks Day
December 3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 5 - International Volunteer Day
December 10 - Human Rights Day
December 21 - First Day of Winter
December 31 - New Year’s Eve
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Stay up-to-date on employee event ideas and major monthly themes with our Epoch employee event Google calendar.
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