Workplace Events for 2021 🗓

Workplace Events for 2021 🗓

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

View more info on January 2021 events here!

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

View more info on February 2021 events here!

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

View more info on March 2021 events here!

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

View more info on April 2021 events here!

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

View more info on May 2021 events here!

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

View more info on June 2021 events here!

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

View more info on July 2021 events here!

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

View more info on August 2021 events here!

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

View more info on September 2021 events here!

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

View more info on October 2021 events here!

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

View more info on November 2021 events here!

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

View more info on December 2021 events here!

Want more ideas?
Stay up-to-date on employee event ideas and major monthly themes with our Epoch employee event Google calendar.

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