• Build a 2023 Employee Engagement Calendar

    Happy, engaged employees

     

    January is full of forecasting, goal-setting, and looking forward to a successful new year. It’s also National Thank You month, which is why it’s the perfect time to plan ahead for acts of gratitude and appreciation.

    Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! Check out these gratitude resources that will inspire and help you build and maintain a culture of appreciation and employee celebration ALL YEAR LONG!

    We have a wide variety of FREE RESOURCES to help you
    build your own employee engagement calendar.

     

    2023 Day-to-Day Employee Appreciation Calendar

    Employee Appreciation Calendar 2023It is our tradition to publish a day-to-day appreciation calendar tailored to people who are committed to celebrating employees. This popular guide helps you plan for holidays as well as your own anytime celebrations; it offers tons of ideas to keep employee appreciation front-and-center all year long.

    The 2023 Employee Appreciation Calendar is chock-full of awesome information: event ideas, topical articles, resources and much more!

    This how-to guide walks you through planning for seasonal engagement and a wide variety of holidays, organized by month. You’ll also find important statistics, mini case studies, “anytime recognition” ideas, and tips for building a happier workplace through engagement and fun.

    By planning ahead, you’ll lessen any stress and the recognition, enjoyment and positive responses will ensue.

    Peruse this gorgeous resource and think about how you can implement ideas every month, every season. Employee appreciation best practices focus on frequent recognition and appreciation. Don’t wait for the holidays next year – your employees deserve so much more!

    Download and share this free Calendar with colleagues, friends, and executive, social media and benefits teams and start planning 2023!

    BIG List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas

    This hefty gratitude resource offers ways to support and recognize the people who make your business work. It’s simple to download, share, print and use when you are planning ahead or need quick ideas.

    The BIG List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas is broken down into helpful categories so it’s easy to find just the right gift or concept for whatever your objective or occasion may be:

    • Support new ways of working
    • Encourage employee wellbeing
    • Reinforce teamwork and organizational values
    • Celebrate holidays with flare
    • Acknowledge milestone moments in work and life
    • Recognize people anytime with simple gestures

    The Big List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas
    We guarantee you can find something for everyone, regardless of their position and your budget. From free to extravagant, recipients will be wowed by your sincere acts of gratitude. Read to learn more here!

    Download your free copy now and use it to inform your appreciation planning now and in the future!

     

     

    Appreciation Planning Checklist

    Don’t let the name fool you! Our Appreciation Planning Checklist is a helpful two-pager that serves as a terrific kick start to your employee appreciation and recognition conversations.

    Here are some examples of when appreciation is key:

    • Celebrating achievements
    • Embracing seasonal activities
    • Highlighting milestones
    • Supporting core company values
    • Encouraging smart behaviors

    With this planning checklist you’ll be sure to both be inclusive and proactive! Download your free copy today.

    Download free Employee Appreciation Planning Checklist

    Guide to Writing Meaningful Employee Thank You Notes

    The foundation of having employees feel valued and appreciated is sincere gratitude. One of the easiest and most meaningful ways managers can share gratitude is with a heartfelt note of thanks. Thank you notes should be part of any employee appreciation plan. They are low cost, easy to do, and make both recipients and givers feel good.

    A written thank you note that can make someone’s day can be as simple as “Thank You! You are Awesome” on a post-it note or “You are a Life Saver” on a roll of Life Savers.

    At gThankYou, we are big believers in the power of a meaningful “thank you.” We believe leaders should be trained, held accountable for, and given resources to share thank you notes with employees, customers, and other vital constituents. Senior managers should model the behavior and peers encouraged to share their written gratitude through gratitude boards and appreciation stations.

    Thank You Guides

    We have two guides to writing thank you notes for workplace leaders. Be sure to download and share one or both with your appreciation planning team.

    The first is our Writing Thank You Notes Employees Will Treasure.

    Download free ebook - Writing Thank You Notes That Employees Will TreasureThis resource is your go-to for writing an employee thank you note.

    Inside this book you will learn:

    • The anatomy of a memorable thank you note
    • What is the difference between recognition and appreciation and why that’s important
    • Practical tips for writing great thank you notes
    • How to build a culture of gratitude with written notes of appreciation.

    Download and share your free copy today!

    The second resource is our ever-popular, Put the Thanks in Thanksgiving; How to Write to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees.

    While we just closed out the holiday season, this book is really a year-round reference for how to write a company-wide employee letter of appreciation holiday-time or anytime, or a longer-form individual letter of thanks.

    Inside this book you will learn:Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees

    • Real-life examples of well-written company-wide Thanksgiving letters from bosses in a variety of industries.
    • Best practices for thanking employees and ideas for brainstorming your own unique approach.
    • How-to details on crafting a meaningful and memorable employee letter of appreciation.
    • Tips on how to share your Thanksgiving letter.

    Download now and share with your team.


    Plan Ahead with an Employee Engagement Calendar
    and Everyone WINS!

    Let gThankYou be your ally in winning the workplace appreciation game. An employee engagement calendar is a GREAT way to start! Plan ahead so you can focus on what’s really important, engaging with and personally appreciating employees. These gratitude resources will help you make employees feel valued, save time, lessen stress, build loyalty, and foster a culture of appreciation and gratitude.

    We hope these resources bring creativity and inspiration to your employee engagement and appreciation planning this year and in the future.

    We want to hear what ideas you implement! Shoot us a note any time to: info@gthankyou.com.

    Good luck creating your own employee engagement calendar — your employees will thank you!

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  • 5 Ways to Celebrate National Thank You Month

    National Thank You Month

    Did You Know that January is National Thank You Month?

    The holidays are an excellent time to give and receive, but January is the time to slow down and say THANK YOU! January is National Thank You Month and is the perfect time to invest in new activities to nurture gratitude and kindness in the coming year.

    We’d like to revisit 5 ways to embrace gratitude in life and the workplace, setting the stage for a year full of thankful habits.

    5 Ways to Embrace Workplace Gratitude Now

    1. Make thank you note writing EASY and FUN for employees.

    After the holidays, parents often sit their kids down to write thank you notes for gifts. However, we don’t often practice what we preach. January is a perfect time to think of the gifts not only received during the holiday season but in life overall. What are the intangible gifts that you receive from others that make life better? Take the time to ponder who deserves an extra thank you and write a special note to them.

    In the workplace, share gThankYou’s how-to guide “Writing Thank You Notes Employees Will Treasure” to managers and provide supplies. Ask leadership to participate and make written appreciation part of your workplace culture.

    Provide an “Appreciation Station” where all employees can grab thank you cards, colorful pens, markers, and stamps. Make it easily accessible and regularly encourage team members to write notes to each other, customers, business partners, or anyone else in their support system.

    This small investment will instill a sense of gratitude that translates into feelings of goodwill and happiness in the workplace.

    gratitude journal2. Practice gratitude journaling.

    The act of written acknowledgement can be key in embracing gratitude. It puts words around feelings and can serve as a great reminder of all the positives in life, even when times are challenging.  There are volumes of research on the science of journaling. It can do wonders for our brain and how it impacts not just us, but also the people around us.

    If you are a leader in your organization, we highly recommend starting a gratitude journal and giving them out as gifts to your team. It serves as a thoughtful, productive gift that may resonate deeply with others.

    3. Embrace tech-based appreciation sharing.group text

    We are huge fans of written thank you notes (see #1), but there are also many ways to infuse gratitude into other platforms. In honor of National Thank You Month, try something new. As you know, tech can take may forms, so what works for you? What would employees appreciate? Ask them!

    • A group text sharing thanks can be a high point of someone’s day – it’s quick and easy!
    • A shout out on an internal message board can make a team or individual feel like a VIP.
    • A social media spotlight can express thanks to a wide audience with some imagery, a video or a link to a success story.
    • A digital showering of “thank yous” when an employee is recognized by peers, customers or managers.

    Organizations that have collaborative platforms, message boards, internal communications channels, and social media tools should embrace gratitude in tech-savvy ways.

    4. Reach out and thank those who deserve extra appreciation this year.Reach out with appreciation.

    Whether your team has worked extra hours, gone the extra mile, worked the front lines, or kept the company running from the back room, be sure to say thank you! We always think a Grocery Gift Certificate is appropriate – the gift of food is universal and always appreciated.

    Looking for creative yet meaningful thank you gift ideas? Check out The Big List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas and be inspired!

    5. Find a quote and make it visible.

    Read it, say it, live it. Find a quote about gratitude that speaks to you and put it somewhere in your line of sight. It can be a sticky note, a screen saver, a note pinned to the wall. Let this visual item be a constant reminder that you are grateful. Encourage others to do the same, and watch how contagious gratitude can be. Here are some gratitude quotes to get you started.

    Consider updating the office with a culture wall and even provide a budget for employees’ offices to display inspirational artwork. (The old inspirational quote posters have come a long way!)

    Commit to Gratitude in the New Year

    Let the new year inspire you to focus on nurturing gratitude in your personal and work lives. To go deep into understanding why gratitude is so powerful and how to harness it for the workplace, download our FREE eBook, “Transform Your Workplace with Gratitude“.

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  • 2023 Employee Appreciation Calendar – NOW AVAILABLE!

    2023 Employee Appreciation Calendar

    gThankYou 2023 Employee Appreciation Calendar NOW AVAILABLE!

    We are excited to once again share our annual gift with you — the Day-to-Day Employee Appreciation Calendar! It’s FREE and downloadable, as well as extremely helpful, insightful, and FUN!

    We work all year to create this annual employee appreciation calendar for YOU, the people focused on employee engagement and appreciation; those who are actively building vibrant, loyal workplace cultures.

    This colorful resource helps you stay ahead of the game with holidays, celebrations, and monthly ideas to keep employee appreciation fresh, exciting, and timely. It’s the ultimate resource to inspire and plan employee engagement and celebration activities for the new year!

    “This is SO much more than a calendar!” Employee Appreciation Calendar 2023

    The 2023 Employee Appreciation Calendar is packed with valuable information including monthly Ready-to-Go-Celebrations and Don’t-Miss-Celebrations, helpful articles, event ideas, resources and more!

    It is designed to include everything you need to keep you current, inspired and focused on  employee appreciation all year long.

    We highly encourage you to:

    • Share it with your colleagues and other HR and business professionals.
    • Print it out or save it to your desktop for monthly review.
    • Send it to your social media gurus, the benefits team, and all team managers and leaders.
    • Encourage everyone to think ahead for how to illustrate employee recognition in proactive and creative ways.

     

    Monthly spread of the Employee Appreciation Calendar for 2022

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  • Favorite Christmas Foods, Music & Movies

    Merry Christmas

    We thought it would be a jolly ol’ time to round up some lists of top favorite Christmas foods, music and movies surrounding the holiday from a variety of creative sources. Enjoy and share!

    We are so grateful for our family, friends, employees, customers and partners. Thank you for your support all year round! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

    Top 5 Christmas Carols (New York Public Library)

    While the list has 18, here are the top 5, according to the author.

    • Deck the Halls
    • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    • Jingle Bells
    • Angels We Have Heard on High
    • Children, Go Where I Send Thee

    7 Favorite Christmas Candies (Yummy Bazaar)

    While the list has 15, here are some top favorites from around the world.

    • Candy Canes
    • Marzipan Figurines
    • Nougat
    • Peppermint Bark
    • Dominostein
    • Chocolate Bonbons & Truffles
    • Szaloncukor

    Top 10 Christmas Movies (Rotten Tomatoes)

    The list goes to 100(!), but here are the top ranking 10. Rotten Tomatoes is known for its critics ratings, so you may not see your personal favorite (Elf – #25 or The Family Stone – #98).

    • Meet Me in St. Louis
    • The Shop Around the Corner
    • Miracle on 34th Street
    • Tangerine
    • Klaus
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Little Women
    • Die Hard
    • Carol
    • It’s a Wonderful Life

    Top 12 Classic Christmas Foods (Purewow)

    As people who love food, we know this is a very subjective category. So much is based on tradition and where you live, but thought this was a creative and witty list. Here are the foods that broke their top 10 (out of 32).

    • Peppermint Bark (the only item to make 2 of our lists)
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Roasted Potatoes
    • Hot Cocoa
    • Gravy
    • Fudge
    • Roast Beef
    • Pecan Pie
    • Pheasant
    • Brie with Literally Anything
    • Green Bean Casserole
    • Coquito
    • Dinner Rolls

    They seemed to shy away from the known classics (turkey #17 and ham #19), but we know the truth…they are always traditional, delicious and amazing.

    Merry Christmas!

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  • Finish the Year Strong with Gratitude

    Finish the year strong!

    It’s not too late to finish the year strong with gratitude!

    Year-end can mean different things to people, depending on industry, role, personality type … and a million other factors! We hope you are thoroughly enjoying the holiday season with your friends, family and employees. Here are a few suggestions to finish the year strong as a leader who understands that appreciation is the greatest gift.

    5 Ways to Finish the Year Strong:

    Say THANK YOU to everyone you can. From your trusted advisors to the delivery folks to the administrative teams who make your world work. Who can you thank today?

    If you’re budgeting for next year, consider ways to work in appreciation gifts and events (big or small) into your plans. You’ll be glad you did!

    Share a gift.Share a practical gift that will offer a sigh of relief this time of year. Of course, we highly recommend grocery gift certificates! There is a lot of eating these next few weeks, and some help with the increased grocery bill can make a tremendous difference!

    Consider gratitude and appreciation moments as they arise … who is retiring at the end of the year? Who is celebrating their first holiday with a baby? Who may need some extra help decorating or shoveling? Slowing down for a moment to help or acknowledge others can be a simple way to bring joy to the end of the year.

    Ask for help; offer help. It’s okay to admit that this time of year can be overwhelming. By showing vulnerability and asking for help, that can be relationship-building. And if you are in a position to help when someone needs a little lift, some extra time off, more hands at work, or even a treat, do what you can. A “we’re all in this together” mentality can really help teams finish the year strong.

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  • Holiday Appreciation Ideas & Resources

    Festive holiday ornaments
    At gThankYou, we like to think of ourselves as “gratitude experts.” We are strong believers in year-round employee appreciation but encourage an extra dose of thankfulness during the holidays. Here are some resources as you focus on holiday appreciation ideas.

    Holiday Appreciation Ideas & Resources

    Thank You Notes

    Although we often publish our guide to thank you notes around Thanksgiving, it’s not too late to write a letter of gratitude in December. We encourage leaders to take the time to write something personal to those who make an impact on the business. It’s well-received and appreciated — and is a smart business move in a world where retention is key. Read more here: Put the “Thanks” into Your Thanksgiving Letter or Write a Holiday Thank You Note to Remember.

    People clinking glasses at a holiday partyHave Some Fun!

    We highly encourage a little time away from the desk, mingling with co-workers. It should be optional because, let’s face it, some people would rather crank out year-end reports. But for those who are still delighted to be “back to normal” after years of isolation and cancelled celebrations, we are here with ideas! A few resources include: Top 10 Ideas for Throwing Year-End Festivities and How to Celebrate on a Tight Budget.

    Offer Practical Gifts

    When times are tight, practical gifts are more appreciated than ever. The gift of food not only offers a warm gesture for celebration, but also gives the recipient some money back in their pocket for family gifts and experiences. This time of year, a turkey or ham, grocery, or pie gift certificate is a perfect solution.

    Make Employee Gifts Count

    Did you know we have a free eBook on this topic? Download “Making Employee Gifts Count” for facts and inspiration on the concept of employee gift-giving.Download your free guide to "Making Employee Gifts Count, the Secrets to Gift-Giving Success"!
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  • Why Groceries are the Ultimate Gift

    Groceries are the ultimate gift.

     

    As we prepare for the season of giving, many people struggle with what to give, what to spend, or where to even begin. We have been in the gift-giving business for a long time, and let us tell you, groceries are the ultimate gift.

    Here are 5 Reasons Groceries are the Ultimate Gift

    Everyone eats.

    There is truly no other gift as universal as food. Whether it’s a celebratory meal or simply milk and veggies, everyone needs food to survive and thrive! You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t want a little extra food in the fridge or pantry. With a gThankYou grocery gift certificate, it’s completely possible to bring a smile to every single recipient.

    Simplicity rules.

    Sometimes the process of selecting gifts can overwhelm even the most seasoned shoppers. It’s even more complicated when purchasing gifts for entire organizations! Simple, straightforward gifts like a voucher for groceries embody the beauty of simplicity. Practicality never goes out of style.

    People love food gifts.

    There is a lot of research to support the fact that people love edible gifts. Just ask yourself, your co-worker, your gym buddy, “Do you enjoy food-related gifts?” The answer is usually a resounding YES! Sometimes it’s in the form of popcorn, chocolates, candy or cheese and crackers. Those can all be great. But what’s even better? Providing the option for people to shop for the food they want the most!

    Groceries appeal to everyday eaters AND foodies.

    Everyone has their own food preferences and requirements. Some people savor every bite and have rows of beautiful cookbooks lining their kitchen walls. Others see food as fuel. Everyone grocery shops — but with a different set of eyes. A grocery gift certificate allows people to buy their favorite vegan cheese, that decadent dessert, a charcuterie spread, or just the basics.

    It makes financial sense.

    Pure economics come into play here. People are grateful when they can save money. So, whether or not your food gift helps them feed their family or add a level of decadence to a holiday meal, it’s a financial win! For the gift giver, the gift of groceries ensures that the gift is money well-spent. Say goodbye to misspent funds on overdone corporate gear, creative-yet-odd gift ideas or straight-to-the-trash-can novelty items.

    There are many fun ways to augment a grocery gift certificate, too! Ideas include:

    • Attach it to a beautifully packaged candy bar
    • Put it inside a reusable shopping bag
    • Include recipes from co-workers
    • Pair it with a subscription to a streaming service for food and entertainment

    The opportunities are endless. Mark shopping off your list and let gThankYou make everyone on your list happy and full!

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  • Put the “Thanks” into Your Thanksgiving Letter

    Thank you messages

    Thanksgiving is coming quickly, and it is the perfect time to write a thank you letter to employees and share your heartfelt appreciation for all they do for you and your business.

    If you are new to writing business thank you notes or need a little inspiration, gThankYou’s eBook “Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving: How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees” is here to guide and inspire you.How to write a Thanksgiving letter

    Thanking employees any time of the year is one of the best ways to engage employees and motivate them to do excellent work. But at Thanksgiving, your thanks takes on added meaning. Gratitude at Thanksgiving is more personal; it lets your employees know you value them as people. You’re honoring the all-American holiday when we celebrate and share our gratitude with family and friends.

    Writing thank you notes is a practice shared by many successful leaders, but it’s not always easy to get started. What tone is appropriate? How can you express your appreciation sincerely? What do you say besides “thanks”? What’s the most effective way to share your letter?

    “How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees” has the answers.

    If the last thank you note you wrote was to Grandma in fifth grade, don’t worry! Once you follow a few simple guidelines — and get ideas from our examples from workplace gratitude pros — you’ll be set to write your own memorable, meaningful letter to employees.

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  • Top 10 Ideas for Year-End Festivities

    Year-End Activities

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    Let the fun commence!
    Here are 10 ideas for throwing year-end festivities in your workplace. This time of year can be stressful, but also full of gratitude, wonder and joy! Set the tone with simple, impactful festivities that spread the spirit!

    Not only do year-end festivities offer a way to have some fun, but they are a strategic way to show employee appreciation and enhance employee engagement. Be true to your culture — what would be authentic and enjoyable? Tap some creative minds and enjoy the process!

    Top 10 Year-End Festivities

    Volunteer together at a food pantry or host a holiday meal at a shelter. Bring employees together to give back to the community, offering unity, perspective and goodwill to all who participate.

    potluck

    Pre-Holiday Potluck. Invite everyone to bring a favorite dish to share, along with a recipe card so people can take photos and add new items to their holiday dinner menus. When the meal begins, ask leaders to kick off a roundtable discussion about what they’re grateful for and why.

     

    Thank You Wall. Start a workplace tradition by dedicating a window or whiteboard to a collection of heartfelt messages. Supply colorful sticky notes and Sharpie pens. Ask employees to post at least 3 messages about anything or anyone they appreciate. Soon, the wall will be filled with a rainbow of positive energy that will brighten spirits.

     

    Silent Auction for Charity. Give employees a chance to give back by leveraging fundraising strength from across your organization. Vote on a local program to support. Coordinate an online auction of goods and services contributed by individual employees. Low-cost online software solutions like BiddingOwl make it easy to manage.

     

    Help each other. Nominate coworkers who could benefit from assistance with fall projects. Then let individuals or teams sign up to rake leaves, clean gutters, buy groceries, deliver a home-cooked meal or decorate team members’ front doors.

     

    Give away fall flowers or plants that staff can take home for the holidays. For remote workers, arrange delivery or pick at a nearby Home Depot or nursery.

     

    Winter Wonderland Virtual Photo Booth. Make it easy with backgrounds and a full-featured app like Snapbar. Or roll out your own on your meeting platform. Post images on the event chat board. Build an album to share at the party and beyond.

     

    Gingerbread ContestGingerbread Contest. Host an in-office party and vote on which person or team created the best house. For remote teams, send pre-packaged gingerbread house pieces in advance. Ask everyone to post photos and vote for the online winner. Want guidance? Check specialists like Gingerbread Wars.

     

    Holiday Bingo. Search online for holiday Bingo boards to send with invitations. Choose a coveted prize and announce it in advance, so everyone will be excited to participate.

     

    Cookie Exchange. For an in-person party, be sure to note in invitations how many cookies to bring, so everyone can swap, taste and vote for their favorites. Prepare a special display table with signage for cookie and baker names. Order decorative boxes in advance so participants have a festive way to pack up their selections. And don’t forget to post all the recipes online!

    We have many ideas for year-end festivities, as well as other events and gift-giving ideas in The Big List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas. Download it free today!

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  • How to Buy Turkeys in Bulk for Thanksgiving

    Buying Bulk Turkeys

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    Turkeys are meaningful, appreciated employee Thanksgiving gifts that honor a popular workplace holiday tradition going back generations.

    But what if you need to buy turkeys in bulk for employee gifts for a large workforce?

    It used to be the only way to share the gift of Thanksgiving turkeys in bulk in the workplace was to order and deliver them frozen. Today, you no longer need to deal with the hassle of buying, storing and distributing bulky frozen turkeys, plus you can provide a holiday gift that recipients prefer more — the ability to choose the right size turkey for their family, when they want it.Buying bulk turkey gifts for employee thanksgiving gifts

    gThankYou Turkey, Turkey Or Ham or Grocery Gift Certificates make it easy for you to share the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. Plus, recipients love the flexibility to choose the size, brand and preparation they want for their holiday family celebration.

    gThankYou Gift Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons good for any brand of merchandise specified and can be redeemed nationally at virtually all major grocery chain stores.

    Large company or widely distributed workforce? gThankYou can help with a customized gift program to meet your timing and budget. To learn more about our large volume pricing, customizing and delivery options, call us at 888-484-1658 or visit our website here for more information.

    Read on for a step-by-step guide to ordering gThankYou Gift Certificates this holiday season and see for yourself why gThankYou is America’s Favorite Employee Gift!
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  • You’re JUST ON TIME! for Holiday Planning.

    Just in time for the holidays.


    Believe it or not, the holiday planning season is here!
    Here are some details you should know as you prepare to celebrate employees for a year of hard work. The good news? We can handle the heavy lifting for your holiday gift-giving.

    Many gThankYou customers are faced with the daunting task of distributing gifts to a large number of locations, employees working from home, or to clients across the country. With dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of offices and associates nationwide, it can be challenging and very time-consuming. Let us help.

    gThankYou Exists to Make Your Holiday Gift-Giving Easier!

    gThankYou Gift Certificates can be:

    • Mailed to individuals in households or offices through the USPS, AND/OR
    • Conveniently bundled and delivered via UPS to any number of locations for easy distribution to recipients.
    • Have a request that requires special distribution and mailing services? Give us a call!

    Gift Distribution Made Easy

    We make your gThankYou Gift Certificate distribution a breeze with 4 easy steps:

    1. Give us a call at (888-484-1658) to discuss the form of distribution needed, timing, and type of Gift Certificates along with any extras to include such as a personalized Enclosure Card for your kind words of appreciation; a gThankYou Recipient Letter informing recipients how and where to best use their gift certificate; or your own uniquely crafted letter of gratitude.
    2. Email us a completed, pre-formatted mailing address spreadsheet with all recipient or location addresses to be mailed or shipped. Individual mailings will be sent with First-Class postage through USPS. All addresses will be verified for accuracy and we will notify you of any undeliverable addresses, before they are sent. (Pre-formatted spreadsheet download here.)
    3. Send us your Logo (optional) via email to be used on gift certificates, Enclosure Cards, or envelope.
    4. Approve your order. Review and approve all invoice charges and artwork/copy for your Enclosure Cards or envelope, if included. Also, confirm the most appropriate Return Mailing Address for any undeliverable gift certificates.

    What Will Individuals or Locations Receive?

    Individuals – Mailings to individuals will arrive in a white #10 business envelope with your return address, including your company logo (optional). We also include an eye-catching ‘stamp’ in red stating “Important – Open Immediately!” to help stand out in the mailbox and provide a higher level of importance (also optional).

    Each envelope will be stuffed with your selected gThankYou Gift Certificate(s), and any combination you choose of Free Enclosure Card, informative Recipient Letter, or your own Personalized Letter of Gratitude.

    Multiple Locations – Delivery via UPS to any number of locations will arrive in a conveniently bundled package. Package size will depend on the number of certificates and optional pieces for the location. For bulk delivery to locations, Gift Certificates and additional materials can be:

    • Inserted into individual #10 business envelopes, similar to individual mailings above (with or without company logo and/or recipient names printed on the front) OR
    • Without envelopes, for stuffing of your own or delivery in your own special way.

    When will these mailings take place?

    The following dates have been established to provide you with flexibility in when your holiday gift will arrive. Typically, mailed gift certificates are received in-home or office within 3-5 business days after the mail date.

    * The dates and information provided below only apply to orders with many locations or individual USPS mailings through gThankYou’s distribution and mailing services.

    gThankYou orders going to a single or few locations can be placed any day, online or by calling 888-484-1658, and will ship the same or next business day. If you are unsure what form of distribution you will need, please give us a call at 888-484-1658 and we will gladly help evaluate your needs.Call for help.

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  • Gratitude: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Work

     

    Thanksgiving pumpkin pie

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    Millions of Americans will work on Thanksgiving.

    Will employees at your company be spending Thanksgiving at work? If so, bring the gratitude (and treats) and make it a workplace celebration they’ll appreciate!

    Spending the holiday at work isn’t where most of us want to be for this traditional at-home celebration. But with the right attitude and activities, sharing Thanksgiving with colleagues is an opportunity to highlight workplace gratitude and celebrate your work family.

    If your company has employees spending Thanksgiving in the office, now’s your chance to plan ahead and make it a celebration of success, teamwork and gratitude! Consider providing a meal, gift certificates, thank you notes and a positive environment full of appreciation.

    Make Gratitude Your #1 Priority for Thanksgiving at Work

    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

    Employees in retail, law enforcement, health care, travel, utilities, freight, news and other industries all keep working through the holidays. And although they’re not alone, it’s crucial to let each employee know how much you appreciate their dedication and hard work by coming in on a holiday.

    Whatever else you do to celebrate Thanksgiving at work — gifts, a communal potluck, or a catered turkey feast — gratitude comes first. A Thanksgiving gift or activity shared without gratitude is apt to feel shallow and impersonal.

    Clearly expressed appreciation from company leadership is key. Employees will notice if managers and other leaders are truly appreciative of their sacrifice to work on a holiday.

    A note of gratitude from the company CEO can make all the difference — and it doesn’t have to be big production. A simple acknowledgement and “thank you” is the right place to start. If budget allows, a gift or complimentary Thanksgiving meal is a great way to reinforce this message of gratitude.
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  • 20 Ideas for Workplace Halloween Team Building

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    Halloween is one of America’s favorite holidays.

    According to the National Retail Federation, 69% of consumers plan to celebrate Halloween this year. People love getting into costume, putting up scary decorations, and sharing their favorite treats. With interest like this, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to bring your workplace together for a holiday celebration.

    Download gThankYou’s “Halloween Team Building Guide” — a one-page PDF that highlights 20 time-tested exercises, games and activities for Halloween team building to help you engage your staff in a meaningful celebration.Halloween party ideas

    In many ways, it marks the beginning to the holiday season. Many of your employees want to celebrate Halloween at work — and they will. Take the opportunity to use the holiday as an opportunity to engage and have some workplace fun consistent with your culture.

    Host a Halloween Party at Your Work

    Halloween celebrations don’t have to be elaborate. Halloween is an affordable holiday that favors imagination over expense. Here are a few simple ideas for celebrating Halloween at your workplace:

    • Have a pumpkin carving (or decorating) contest.
    • Hold a costume parade complete with prizes for most creative, scariest, etc.
    • Set the mood with a Halloween playlist.
    • Provide a spread of Halloween themed treats.
    • Play Halloween movie trivia.
    • When in doubt, everyone loves the gift of candy!

    Plus, if your company is hosting kid-friendly fun, Halloween also provides the perfect setting for the families of your employees to see the workplace where Mommy or Daddy spend most days.

    No matter how your team works — on a factory floor, in an office, in retail or sales, at an outdoors construction site, even remotely or on the road — gThankYou’s “Halloween Team Building Guide” has ideas for engaging everyone.

    Download yours free today and start planning now for a fun, productive and inspiring Halloween in the workplace!
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  • New Enclosure Card Designs for Thanksgiving are here!

    New Enclosure Card designs

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    gThankYou is pleased to reveal New Enclosure Card designs for our 2022 selection of Autumn and Thanksgiving Enclosure Cards!

    Our New Enclosure Card designs are the perfect way to add a special note of “Thanks!” with your gThankYou! Gift Certificates. Select your favorite from dozens of design choices and include the thoughtful message already included or write your own personalized message of gratitude.Enclosure Card Sample

    Our cards are FREE with your purchase of any gThankYou! Gift Certificates. We’ll even customize the cards for you! Include a personal message, signature, and even your company logo – free of charge.

    A customized message of gratitude makes your gifts more meaningful and memorable. That’s why a note of thanks is an important part of Thanksgiving gift-giving — because your employee gift is so much more than a present! It’s an opportunity to let your employees know how much you appreciate them and small gestures of gratitude can carry a lot more weight than many realize.
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  • Easily Buy Corporate Turkey and Food Gifts

    Buy Corporate Food Gifts

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    It’s almost October and time to start planning your annual corporate turkey and food gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Early planning provides peace of mind that your holiday gift-giving is planned and ready to go! By crossing this important item off your list, there is more time to focus on what really matters this time of year: sharing gratitude.

    Let gThankYou take care of the logistics this year.

    gThankYou! Turkey and Ham, Grocery and Other Gift Certificates make it easy and convenient to give much-desired food gifts. Even if your organization is large and working in a variety of offices or remotely, we’ve got you covered.

    A turkey is the centerpiece to the most gratitude-focused holiday of the year. We all crave feeling valued and recognized. The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey or groceries shows your recipients that you care about them and their family. When they sit down to their annual Thanksgiving feast surrounded by loved ones, they’ll be grateful for you and your organization, too.

    turkey, ham, pies and groceries make great corporate gifts

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    Our corporate turkey and food gifts carry on the appreciated tradition of giving employees a Thanksgiving turkey, without the hassle of storing and handling a large number of frozen birds. Shoppers can choose the size, brand and preparation they prefer.

    Grocery vouchers are also an excellent choice, allowing recipients to shop for anything they need! For a sweet option, check out our Pie Gift Certificates.

    gThankYou Gift Certificates are redeemable at virtually all major U.S. grocery stores.

     

    All gThankYou purchases come with customizable Enclosure Cardsabsolutely free! It’s the easiest way to wish a “Happy Thanksgiving!” to the people in your workplace and express your sincere appreciation for their contributions. Check out our new cards here.

    Givers and recipients alike love gThankYou! Gift Certificates. They’re easy, practical and, best of all, meaningful.
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  • It’s World Gratitude Day! Celebrate the Power of “Thank You”

    World Gratitude Day

    Today is World Gratitude Day!

    Celebrated every Sept. 21, World Gratitude Day was started by the United Nations more than 50 years ago. It’s also known as the International Day of Peace.

    In the workplace, World Gratitude Day is for celebrating the power of “Thank You” — from company leaders to employees, between coworkers, from employees to customers and, ultimately, as a building block for a culture of gratitude.

    Celebrate world gratitude day with these two simple words "thank you"!

    The scientific argument for gratitude in the workplace is strong and backed by rigorous research.

    Numerous studies and business cases have shown the benefits of gratitude and the ill effects of a lack of gratitude — job dissatisfaction, turnover, absenteeism, burnout, gossip, negativity and exploitation.

    When leaders exude gratitude, it sets off a chain reaction that builds a culture of gratitude that eventually circles back and betters the workplace for everyone.

    In the end, employees deserve appreciation. Everyone deserves appreciation. Give a fist bump, a kind note, a small gift — or a simple, “I’m grateful for all you do!”

    Happy World Gratitude Day, everyone!
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  • Celebrating Teams and Organizational Values

    Spikeball Players Celebrating Teams

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    When leaders understand the importance of celebrating teams and organizational values, important messages resonate beyond an “event.” There are many opportunities to bring people together to underscore that your business is about people and values, not just work and the bottom line.

    We’re in a time of heightened pressure to recruit and retain happy, committed employees and this big-picture thinking is critical. Here are a wide variety of ways you can incorporate “celebrating teams and organizational values” into your workplace. We hope this sparks inspiration for gifts of connection, belonging and shared joy.

    Give the Gift of Connection

    • Welcome new employees with a memorable first impression. Schedule coffee or lunch with the head of the company on their first day at work.
    • Plan a field trip to tour the facilities of a supplier or client, so staff can learn more about partner businesses while strengthening team relationships.
    • Organize casual group activities before, during or after work – walking, frisbee, lawn games (like Spikeball, pictured above), badminton, softball.
    • Bring teams together over food! 60% of employees say they feel more valued and appreciated when employers provide meals. A few ideas:
      • Coordinate a series of in-person and virtual lunches to build relationships between unfamiliar teams. Deliver meals or send prepaid grocery certificates in advance to remote employees.
      • Cater monthly “Ask Me Anything” hybrid lunches, featuring a series of senior leaders.
      • Host virtual cooking lessons. Hire a pro chef or ask talented employees to teach their favorite recipes, while participants follow along or just watch all the action.

    Give the Gift of Belonging

    “Belonging” is more than a buzzword. It’s building a culture where people feel welcome to be themselves and thrive. It takes work to foster a sense of belonging and worth every ounce of effort. Here are some ideas to help as you plan periodic events where employees are free to mingle and strengthen team relationships.

    • Create a “peer hero” recognition program, where anyone can recommend a deserving colleague or team at any time. Each quarter, publish a “recognition roll call” to share nominee stories. Then, everyone votes for the winner of a high-value prize.
    • Involve everyone in long-term organizational planning. Host a quarterly meeting where leaders discuss key issues and the road ahead. Solicit staff ideas and feedback to build trust, enthusiasm and buy-in.
    • Actively invite and encourage people to participate in a variety of activities — and consistently ask for new ideas from everyone.
    • Audit what kinds of programs and activities exist with a lens of diversity and inclusion.

    Give the Gift of Shared Joy

    Friendships and unique bonds are created when people find joy and happiness with each other. We aren’t talking about “forced fun”, but embracing ways to bring people together beyond work-related meetings. Here are some ideas:

    • To foster camaraderie, plan an online scavenger hunt or board game tournament. Build on digital versions of Monopoly or Settlers of Catan, or design your own Trivial Pursuit game based on company history and employee facts.
    • Host in-person and/or digital activities that bring people together to share common interests in real-time.
      • Watch parties for popular movies or tv shows
      • Game-day spectator huddles
      • Book clubs
      • Take digital travel adventures up a notch by supplying virtual reality technology that engages teams in breathtaking shared experiences. For example:
    • Help your team bond through engaging digital games from specialized services like JAM, which offers a variety of popular options like Escape Rooms, Office Olympics, and Jeoparty!
    • Looking for an engaging virtual event or team-building experience, but overwhelmed by all the options? Let an online concierge help you make the best pick. For example, a guide can help you navigate the vast collection of virtual events at reELIVATE.
    • Connect(or reconnect) offsite for face-to-face group activities:

     

    When celebrating teams and organizational values, remember that there is a larger message. Let your actions speak louder than words: YOU BELONG HERE. We care about you! We are a team and we are stronger together.

    For more ideas, download The Big List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas — FREE!

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  • Excellent TED Talks on Building Workplace Gratitude

    Best Ted Talk videos about workplace gratitude!

    Learn how to practice gratitude in the workplace with these inspirational Ted Talks. Photo via Nate Grigg, Flickr

    Building a culture of workplace gratitude could be the best thing you ever do for your business. In fact, author and speaker Toni Powell calls gratitude at work the key to success in “Why Gratitude in the Workplace?

    “Gratitude has the rather extraordinary power to change just about every aspect of life—in very surprising ways.”

    When you practice workplace gratitude, you transform relationships, minimize complaints, and see satisfaction levels skyrocket. The effect is profound and long-lasting, Powell says, because gratitude rewires the brain to see and process the world differently. Gratitude:

    • Increases resilience
    • Reduces stress
    • Facilitates positive relationships
    • Makes people happier


    And happy people work harder!

    Let’s listen to some experts weigh in on the topic.

    In his TED Talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work,“ former Harvard professor Shawn Achor says happiness improves every aspect of business.

    “Happy brains are 31% more productive than negative, stressed or neutral brains, and dopamine—released when we’re happy—turns on the brain’s learning centers.”

    You and your employees can train your brains to look for positivity and happiness by, among other things, writing down three things you’re grateful for every day for 30 days.

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  • Employee Gifts (That People Will Actually Like)

    Here's how to choose the right employee gifts for the holidays.

    Here’s how to choose the right employee gifts for the holidays.

    Even for the most capable givers, it can be a challenge to find employee gifts for the holidays. Or rather, it’s challenging to find gifts your employees will actually enjoy and use. Too often, employers give gifts as if they’re checking a box: Here’s a golf shirt emblazoned with the company logo, hope it fits! (And sorry if you don’t play golf or it’s not at all your style.)
    The end result is that workers can feel more annoyed by a gift than if they hadn’t received anything — like, Yeesh, now I have to lug this home because I don’t want the boss to see it in my office trash. Obviously, that’s not an optimal outcome, especially not when at least one recent report says employers spend an average of almost $80 per employee on holiday gifts.
    While we can’t guarantee you’ll find the perfect present for everyone on your team, we can offer a few critical tips and suggestions for employee gifts for the holidays.

    Tip 1: Money Isn’t Everything

    Don’t let that $80 figure upset you. Not only are you not obligated to spend so much, the value of a gift to the recipient also doesn’t necessarily correlate with its cost. As an expert quoted in an HR Dive discussion of good employee gifts for the holidays says, “The best holiday gifts aren’t necessarily the most expensive, but show an understanding of the recipient.”
    Makes sense. Would you rather have, for instance, $500 worth of movie gift certificates if you never go out to the movies, or a $50 gift card to your favorite coffee shop? This comes down to the difference between recognizing and appreciating employees.
    Money, of course, can be very welcome in the form of a holiday bonus. Just be careful that you’re issuing them fairly. Employee gifts for the holidays should bring joy, not cause resentment.

    Tip 2: Be Consistent — But Treat People Like Individuals

    Writing for Fundera, Rieva Lesonsky advises: “Choose a price range for your gifts that’s reasonable for your business and one you can stick to in the coming years even if your budget gets tighter.” You might not want to get your employee Jill and her cubemate Jack the same gift — if he’s a caffeine fiend, he might love a desktop coffee warmer; while she, with her green thumb, may prefer an elegant succulent that sits next to her monitor. That’s fine; just don’t spend $50 on one of them and $8 on the other. They’re likely to notice the discrepancy, and it could have a deleterious effect on both their relationship with you and their relationship with each other. At the same time, don’t be too rigid: Small differences ($5-$10) are fine. Most people will be much happier with a gift suited to their wants and needs than upset that you spent a little more to make a co-worker feel just as appreciated.
    If a gift is customizable, that works too and is a way to get everyone the same thing while making it theirs. Whatever you land on, do maintain about the same budget from year to year, as Lesonsky suggests. If you decide to go overboard at the end of an unusually successful year, that’s probably OK. Just make sure your employees understand it’s a special occasion and not the new normal in employee gifts for the holidays.

    Tip 3: Shared Experiences Are Treasured

    We know that shared experiences make for better learning and stronger teams. But research has shown that even outside of work, shared experiences tend to make us happier and strengthen our memories of the experience. This is probably because social needs fall just below air, water, food, and shelter as critical to our well-being.
    If you want to give employee gifts for the holidays that will be remembered and treasured, look for ideas that will allow employees to spend time with other people. There’s a good chance they’ll look back on your gift as something truly special for years to come.

    Tip 4: Make It Personal

    We harp on this one a lot, but only because it’s so crucial: Whatever employee gifts for the holidays you decide on, do everything you can to deliver them in person (with a big smile and a handshake) and include a handwritten note. Both of these things are gestures that demonstrate that you see your employees as people and sincerely care enough to spend a few minutes acknowledging that.

    A Few Ideas for Employee Gifts for the Holidays

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    You can check out some excellent ideas in recent posts at Fundera, Business News Daily, and the Strategist. Some of the common themes we’ve seen are:

    • Gifts for someone’s work space are nice — as long as you know their style.
    • If your employees travel for work, there are useful and inexpensive travel accessories out there.
    • Tickets to shows, fun classes, and food items can be a wonderful treat, and mean way less clutter!
    • One of the most popular employee gifts for the holidays, across all industries, is time off from work. (And it requires a lot less wrapping on your part, too.)

    Of course, we want to remind you: If you’re looking for a customizable, inexpensive gift that can be part of a happy memory, gThankYou! Turkey and Ham Gift Certificates or any of our other Certificates of Gratitude make perfect employee gifts for the holidays. You can also order and get them delivered quickly (in large quantities if necessary), in case you’re still looking as we get closer to year’s end! Find out how they work now.
    Whatever gifts you decide on, we wish you and your employees the very happiest of holiday seasons!

    Learn More: Download gThankYou’s Guide to Better Employee Holiday Gifts

    Inspired to give amazing employee holiday gifts this year and share your seasonal gratitude in your workplace? Download your FREE copy of gThankYou’s Ultimate Employee Gift-Giving Guide and begin the process now — just in time for holiday appreciation and gift-giving!
    gThankYou’s new, updated Ultimate Employee Gift-Giving Guide has fresh case studies, more resources and the latest research in HR management. It’s the perfect resource for planning employee gift-giving at the holidays and recognition efforts for the New Year.
    Download it FREE today!

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  • How Ice Cream Builds Employee Engagement

    Ice Cream Builds Employee Engagement

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    Hopefully you are already aware that July is National Ice Cream Month! This is the month to celebrate our love of all things ice cream, including sorbet, Popsicles, sundaes, floats, shakes — we could go on and on. It’s a lot like a good employee engagement program: it brings people together, makes everyone feel happy, and is endlessly creative.

    That doesn’t mean you can drop off a tub of vanilla in the break room with a scoop and expect magic. But this tasty treat as a vehicle for employee engagement is powerful. Not only is it just plain fun and delicious, it reminds us of happy memories that we share with other people — our parents, kids, siblings, or maybe a special date night with our significant other. It’s special. It’s a treat. It speaks a language of happiness.

    Let’s look at how ice cream (and its dairy-free alternatives) can be a great team-building activity, reward for hard work and overall boost to employee satisfaction.

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