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Work Anniversary Wishes & Messages To Congratulate Your Coworkers In 2021

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Anniversaries do not mean you have to put on a show, demonstrating your affection with needlessly expensive trinkets and dinners. They’re an opportunity to convey how much you appreciate receiving commitment, support, and consideration from that special someone. In other words, anniversaries are an opportunity to say in your own beautiful words: I’m lucky to have you.

By the way, we’re not talking about relationship anniversaries. We’re talking about work anniversaries. And those special “someones” in question are your incredible employees, colleagues, coworkers, bosses, and so on.

Their hard work has earned a happy work anniversary. In fact, you can look at providing anniversary best wishes as an inseparable part of your overall employee appreciation and recognition initiatives.

By showing appreciation for the years of service they’ve already put in, you have a chance to motivate them to stick around for more. These milestone moments are make-or-break moments for employee retention and satisfaction, and their impact spreads beyond the individual you’re celebrating.

Here’s what one company leader told Bonusly about work anniversaries:

“Celebrating [milestones like] work anniversaries communicates that InVision is a place for your career. It’s good to see other people who have been there a long time as an indication that InVision is a good place to be.”

Other leaders agree with this sentiment, including the employee-favorite team at Zappos and some leaders at Quartet, who told Donut that “Celebrating anniversaries creates a moment for people to talk about why they’re still at Quartet.”

Use every work anniversary as a moment to make an impact. To help you say what you need to say, we’ve listed a variety of appreciation messages below, ranging from a casual “congrats” to a sentimental proclamation. Use these messages as your inspirational starting point or feel free to copy and paste them into your emails, letters, anniversary cards, social posts, and more.

Work Anniversary Wishes & Messages To Congratulate Your Colleagues

General Work Anniversary Messages & Wishes

1) “Happy anniversary! Where would we be without your work ethics and winning attitude? I’m thankful I don’t have to answer that question. Thank you, thank you, for making this place everything it is.”

Petite-Bliss-Plant

Best for: Boss or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: A customized desk plant.

 

2) “Another anniversary — another exemplary year of exceeding all my expectations. I have no idea how you do it, but I can tell you I appreciate it more than words can say. Thank you for being amazing.”

work-anniversary-ideas-dinner-partyBest for: Direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: A celebration! (You can easily adapt one of these virtual birthday party ideas to create an anniversary extravaganza.)

 

3) “Thank you for always, always making each year better than the last. I can say with absolute certainty that you inspire everyone you work with. We all feel so grateful to have you on our team.”

Mindfulness Box

Best for: Boss or coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with:Caroo Mindfulness box

 

4) “Looking back on the year we shared, I find it hard to pick just one standout accomplishment. A highlight was definitely the [specific accomplishment or memory]. That really [results or impact]. Example: A highlight was definitely that presentation you gave at the East Coast Conference. That really got everyone buzzing about our brand for days.”

cork-camper-mug

Best for: Direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with:personalized mug.

 

5) “I realize it’s YOUR work anniversary today, and I need to celebrate YOU, but to be honest, this feels like a celebration for me since I get to have you on my team. Cheers to you, the one person I know I can count on to [skill/talent/characteristic]. Example: Cheers to you, the one person I know I can count on to find every single math error on every spreadsheet, every time.” 

caroo-goodies

Best for: Boss, direct report, or coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with: A box of goodies from Caroo.

 

Milestone Work Anniversary Messages & Wishes

1-4 Year Message

6) “I can’t believe you’ve been here only X years. It feels like you’ve been part of our team forever, and I mean that in the best way possible. Your work ethic, talent, and gumption fit our culture to a T, and it has been so satisfying to watch every member of our team embrace you from your first day on. We’re all so glad you’re here.”

escape-game

Best for: Direct report, colleague, or coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with: One of The Escape Game’s delightful escape rooms.

 

5-9 Years Message

7) “How time flies! It has been so rewarding to watch you grow along with this company, and honestly, it’s no coincidence that the two of you have grown side by side. Your leadership, vision, and commitment have directly enabled this company to become what it is today. Have a wonderful work anniversary!”

charades

Best for: Direct report or your employee of the month

This celebratory message pairs well with: Virtual charades

 

10-19 Years Message

8) “It would be far easier to list things you haven’t done than it would be to list your extensive accomplishments on anything smaller than a paper scroll. Your expertise in [skill area] has revolutionized our [service or project] and your mentorship and leadership have been formational to our workforce. Wishing you many more years of success. Example: Your expertise in analytics has revolutionized our scheduling efficiency.”

johnnie-walker-black-kit

Best for: Boss or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with:whiskey cocktail kit

 

20 Years+ Message

9) “I can say with absolute certainty that you will go down in company history. The relationships and bonds you’ve formed will surely echo in our culture for years to come. We are grateful for all you’ve accomplished in your XX-year tenure, from [accomplishment] to [accomplishment]. Example: We are grateful for all you’ve accomplished in your 30-year tenure, from opening a global office to winning at least ten of our top clients.”

SwagUpPack

Best for: Boss, direct report, or colleague.

This celebratory message pairs well with: A pack full of customized swag from SwagUp.

 

Funny Work Anniversary Messages & Wishes

10) Create your own work anniversary memes. Just find a template in your favorite generator and use any of these text options:

  • Here’s to XX years of doing a bunch of stuff I don’t understand
  • XX years at [company] … gets this lame meme
  • Work anniversary … a birthday dressed in business casual
  • Great job doing … your job!
  • XX years? Good luck surviving one more

caroo-super-snack

Best for: Coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with:box of snacks

 

11) Do an anniversary message “mad libs.” Source a list of nouns and adjectives from other coworkers and use them to fill in the following message:

  • “Your favorite [noun] decided to drop in to wish you a [adjective] work anniversary. They wanted you to know you are [adjective], [adjective], and [adjective] and deserve all the [noun] in the world. Example: Your favorite elephant decided to drop in to wish you a wet work anniversary. They wanted you to know you are squishy, fancy, and inexpensive and deserve all the chairs in the world.”

The_Modern_Minimalist_swagup

Best for: Boss or coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with:pack of minimalist swag

 

12) “Since it’s your special day, we wanted to let YOU know that WE know it was you. (And we love you anyway.)”

pictionary

Best for: Coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with: Virtual Pictionary

 

13) “Happy anniversary! A question when you have a moment: What would you say…you do here?

elderflower-spritz

Best for: Coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with: An elderflower spritz

 

14) Write a humorous definition to describe the employee:

  • [Employee name] (noun): Adult human who dreams of [interest], eats [pet peeve] for breakfast, and has big plans to take over the world with powers of [skill]. Example: Ron Swanson (noun): Adult human who dreams of grizzly bears, eats hugs for breakfast, and has big plans to take over the world with powers of woodworking.

cheers-in-a-box

Best for: Coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with: A conveniently packaged “cheers-in-a-box” from Sourced.

 

Sentimental Work Anniversary Messages & Wishes

15) “We strive to bring out the best in our employees, but the true gift is finding employees who can do the same for us and then some. Thank you for bringing out the best in all of us.”

 

delli-wireless-speakerBest for: Direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with:wireless speaker

 

15) “I can never tell you enough how much your contributions impact this company in both big and small ways. Your support and dedication make this company, and everyone who works here, stronger, happier, and more driven.”

office-party

Best for: Boss or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: A party. Adapt one of these office birthday ideas for an anniversary.

 

16) “Over the last XX years, your steadfast work has made me realize not only that big achievements are possible, but also that, with the right team, one can actually reframe what is possible.”

The Unplugged Box

Best for: Boss or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with:Caroo Unplugged Box

 

17) “It’s a rare honor and a privilege to work with someone who not only shines during the high moments but who also finds ways to uplift and inspire through the challenges and setbacks.”

trivia

Best for: Boss, direct report, or coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with: A round of trivia

 

18) “The way you work and live your life reminds me of a line from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist: “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” (Find the perfect variation of this quote by browsing our lists of motivational quotes and employee recognition quotes.)”

swag-desk-accessories

Best for: Boss or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: Some beautifully customized desk accessories from Swag.com.

 

Formal Work Anniversary Messages & Wishes

19) “Happy XXth work anniversary. I’m deeply impressed by and appreciative of all you’ve accomplished in the last XX years, especially [accomplishments]. I can say with absolute sincerity that I can’t wait to see what you will accomplish next. Example: Happy 10th work anniversary. I’m deeply impressed by and appreciative of all you’ve accomplished in the last 10 years, especially all you’ve done to modernize our research and development processes.”

Sips + Snacks

Best for: Direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with:Caroo Sips + Snacks Box

 

20) “It is my pleasure that on this, your XX work anniversary, I have the opportunity, the privilege, to extend my deepest gratitude for your good work, which I value tremendously, and your attitude, which I greatly admire. Thank you for being an exemplary employee — a true role model — and for choosing to be a part of our company.”

thank-you-pack-swagup

Best for: Direct report or coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with:thank-you swag pack

 

21) “Happy anniversary, [name]. It has been an absolute honor to work with someone with your unique combination of dedication, perseverance, and talent for [specific skill]. It’s my greatest hope to retain this honor for many years to come.”

bacardi-rum-punch

Best for: Boss, coworker, or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: Spiced rum punch

 

22) “In XX years, you have taught me what it means to be a true team player and an awesome human being, how to strive for constant growth in both my personal and professional life and how to [skill or strength]. I’m so grateful to know that just by having you on my team, I can learn and grow each and every day. Wishing you the very best work anniversary! Example: In 7 years, you have taught me what it means to be a true team player, how to strive for constant growth, and how to follow through on a strategy with grace and determination.”

virtual-lunch

Best for: Boss or coworker

This celebratory message pairs well with:virtual lunch party

 

23) “I feel the only way to adequately celebrate your anniversary is to thank you for it. Reflecting on your years with us, I’m struck by everything that simply would not exist without you, including [company initiative]. Thank you for making your XX-year work anniversary an occasion to applaud. Example: Reflecting on your years with us, I’m struck by everything that simply would not exist without you, including our wildly successful annual conference.”

nectar-hr

Best for: Boss or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: A shout out on your company’s social recognition platform of choice, such as Nectar

 

Creative & Unique Work Anniversary Messages & Wishes

24) “Happy anniversary! To celebrate you, I thought I would give you a color. You are [color]—[adjectives that describe the color and the person]. Example: You are red — strong, outstanding, and absolutely memorable.”

caroo-super-snacks-box

Best for: Coworker or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with:Caroo Super Snacks Box

 

25) “I think my appreciation for you is best conveyed through your unofficial theme song. I chose [song] because it reminds me of your [strengths and features]. Example: I chose Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan because your positivity and dedication have the power to keep the team motivated.”

vinyl-portfolio

Best for: Coworker or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: A thoughtful work anniversary portfolio

 

26) “I hereby present you with a [made-up service award] in recognition of your [strengths and features]. I have only one of these prestigious awards to give, and I choose to give it to you. Example: I hereby present you with a Golden Sandwich Award in recognition of your ability to create a unified, cohesive team using so many different ingredients.”

The_Frequent_Flier_Pack_swag_up

Best for: Coworker or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: A custom travel swag pack that says kudos like nothing else

 

27) “In honor of your XXth anniversary, I present my 3 wishes for you: [personal/ warm wishes]. Example: May your marketing campaign set a new record. May your last semester of grad school be stress-free. May you book that trip to Morocco.”

virtual-wine-tasting

Best for: Boss, coworker, or direct report

This celebratory message pairs well with: Virtual wine tasting

 

28) “To celebrate your XXth anniversary, I compiled your top 5 all-time greatest hits: [5 specific accomplishments]. Example: Creating a brand-new department, revisioning our mission statement, launching an employee education program, making status meetings fun, and getting everyone to try meditation.”

confetti-meditation

Best for: Colleague, coworker, or yourself

This celebratory message pairs well with: One of Confetti’s expertly planned celebrations.

 

Humble Brag Anniversary Messages You Can Post On Social Media

social-media-messages

 

1) LinkedIn Warm and Specific Post

 

Why we like this message: It has a grateful, warm tone, covers specific aspects of the work, and also acknowledges the rest of the team.

 

2) LinkedIn Capture The Journey Post

 

Why we like this message: It concisely captures the core of one person’s long career journey, warmly thanks the company, and closes with inspiration and wisdom that anyone in any career will appreciate.

 

3) LinkedIn Reflective Post

 

Why we like this message: It’s reflective while also being forward-thinking. It alludes to past accomplishments while keeping the spotlight on challenges and goals that lie ahead.

 

4) LinkedIn Celebration and Focus Post

 

Why we like this message: It celebrates one person’s anniversary but keeps the true focus on the team. It demonstrates a refreshing sense of co-achievement and teamwork.

 

5) LinkedIn Concise And Grateful Post

 

Why we like this message: It quickly tells a colorful and complete story of one person’s career.

 

6) LinkedIn Personal And Authentic Post

 

Why we like this message: It’s deeply personal and authentic, conveys gratitude on a variety of levels, and closes the loop to cover not only what the job has meant to the “employee,” but also to the whole complex person.

 

People Also Ask These Questions About Work Anniversary Wishes And Messages

Q: How do you wish someone a happy work anniversary in 2021?

  • A: There are many ways to wish someone a happy work anniversary. You can congratulate them in-person or through a casual message or phone call, you can send them a greeting card or a hand-written note, and you can send them a gift to commemorate their success. You can even combine all these techniques into one unforgettable work anniversary message.

Q: How should I congratulate my boss or manager on a work anniversary?

  • A: Congratulate your boss or manager on a work anniversary with a card or letter featuring a handwritten, heartfelt message.

Q: How can I post a LinkedIn work anniversary message?

  • A: Some of your LinkedIn connections have likely made their work anniversaries visible. Watch your newsfeed for these anniversaries, and when one comes up, you can choose to send your connection a private work anniversary message or to tag them in a public post. Find inspiration for your anniversary message in this roundup.

Q: What is the best way to format a LinkedIn work anniversary message?

  • A: Format a LinkedIn work anniversary message in three short and sweet segments:
    • 1) Say congratulations
    • 2) Highlight something you admire about the person or their work
    • 3) Relay your thanks and gratitude.

Q: How do you respond to work anniversary wishes?

  • A: Respond to work anniversary wishes with a simple “thank-you” delivered in-person, over the phone, or through a message. Acknowledge a specific aspect of the anniversary wish and also express your gratitude for being part of the team.

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