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by Leo Jakobson | March 04, 2016
Today, Friday, March 4, is Employee Appreciation Day. And while that means that if you haven't got anything planned then a quick trip to the donut shop or pizza place is in order, the holiday is also a great time to stop and ask yourself honestly, "Am I doing a good job of recognizing and engaging my staff?"

One important reason to ask yourself this is that if you said "yes," the chances are two-to-one that you are wrong, according to research firm Gallup. Looking at the results of its Gallup U.S. Daily surveys with nearly 81,000 employees over the course of 2015, just 32 percent -- less than one third -- are engaged. This was not unexpected, as Gallup says the employee engagement rate in the U.S. has been stagnant at roughly this level since 2000. 

"Gallup's extensive research shows that employee engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organization's financial success, such as productivity, profitability and customer engagement. Engaged employees support the innovation, growth and revenue that their companies need," the company said, in a statement. "Companies also fall into a common trap of mistaking their survey for an employee engagement strategy."

With that in mind, Incentive has gathered 10 of our best and most useful articles from the past year together, looking at topics ranging from when to recognize new employees to reasons engagement programs fail to tips on how to engage.

Related: Here you can find five of the most-read and most-shared articles on recognition and appreciation that we've run over the past few years.

1) Two Never-Fail Strategies for Giving Appreciation

2) Wellness and Early Recognition Programs Surge 

3) What Makes Employees Happy?

4) The Top 10 Factors for Getting the Best of Rewards

5) Top 10 Powerful Ways to Save Your Recognition Budget

6) Breaks Benefit Workers and Employers 

7) Managing Millennials Requires Flexibility, Technology

8) Report: Lack of Recognition Top Workplace Communication Error

9) Top 10 Reasons Why Companies Fail at Employee Recognition

10) Managers Are Responsible for Low Worker Engagement