The national day encourages business across the UK to thank staff and demonstrate appreciation for their hard work.
Three cares homes in Stockton, all operated by the Hill Care Group, took part, including The Beeches, Mandale House and Ingleby.
Liz Jones, customer relations officer for Hill Care, said: “The homes take part in Employee Motivation Day each year to show their appreciation for the staff.
“They work hard every day to ensure we provide a safe and caring environment for our residents, so it’s the least we could do to provide them with a few treats to say thank you.”
The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Newtown, treated staff with cakes donated from their local Tesco, pizzas from Dominoes and milkshakes from Sugar and Spice.
Staff at Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, Thornaby, enjoyed a McDonald’s lunch as well as homemade cake and a cuppa from Simple Treats.
Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, had a dress down day as well as motivation and exercise classes for the staff.