• The Secret to a Better Holiday Turkey Gift Program

    Let gThankYou make your Holiday Turkey Gift Program planning easy - the experts in employee gift-giving!

    Let gThankYou help simplify your holiday turkey gift program planning — we’re the experts in employee gift-giving!

    Time.

    It’s one of the main reasons managers give for not thanking employees.

    I just don’t have the time.

    That’s a shame, because in the long run a robust employee appreciation program actually saves time. Employees who feel appreciated are more productive, and retention goes up.

    This is especially true at the holidays, when time is at a premium.

    Don’t let a time crunch keep your company from having a great holiday turkey gift program! Begin your planning now. gThankYou makes it easy to share the gift of a Thanksgiving Turkey with Gift Certificates for any brand, any preparation of whole turkey, redeemable nationally at major grocery stores.

    August is the ideal time to start planning your Thanksgiving turkey gifts.

    If you plan now, the logistics will be taken care of — and you’ll have time to focus on what’s really important: sharing your Thanksgiving turkey gifts with a meaningful, thoughtful message of gratitude.

    The sooner you have your program logistics in place, the more time you’ll have this holiday season for augmenting your holiday turkey gift program with personalized greetings, holiday parties and seasonal employee engagement activities.

    And at the heart of it, you’ll be sharing a gift that evokes gratitude, family togetherness and the joy of the season. A turkey centerpiece is the perfect gift for busy working families who value convenience and time together! It’s practical as well as meaningful.

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  • Quick Engagement Idea: Late-Summer Employee Cookout

    Jump start engagement with a late-summer employee cookout!

    Boost engagement in August with an employee cookout or picnic. (Photo via Cellular One IL, Flickr)

    The dog days of summer are here, and your staff could use a little extra engagement. Now’s the time to bring the team back together from their summer distractions with a late-summer employee cookout.

    Why now?

    Workplace productivity drops 20 percent during the summer months, team projects take 13 percent longer to complete and workers are 45 percent more distracted, according to Entrepreneur.

    Push back against those disengagement tendencies by embracing summer fun in a way that reinforces and builds team dynamics.

    “Summer barbecues are a must,” Entrepreneur’s Zeynep Ilgaz writes.

    An employee cookout is affordable and straightforward to plan, and a low-investment, high-yield activity when done right.

    Employees enjoy the break from routine and the chance to bond with coworkers and management in a social setting — then return to work rejuvenated and refocused. Everyone wins!

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  • How to Nurture a Sense of Belonging in the Workplace

    How to build a sense of belonging in the workplace

    Nurturing a sense of belonging in the workplace is essential for productive workplace culture. (Photo via Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, Flickr)

    What are we really talking about when we say “employee engagement”? A workforce that shares a sense of belonging in the workplace, for starters.

    This is the new evolution of engagement: really drilling down to core concepts to better understand business jargon.

    “Engagement is, as I like to joke, a six-dollar word that consultants say when people like what they do and want to come to work everyday,” executive coach and educator John Baldoni writes in a Forbes column on developing engagement.

    When an employee has a sense of belonging in the workplace, it “connotes ownership,” Baldoni writes.

    “You belong therefore you own. Not property but something more meaningful. You own responsibility. You have a sense of autonomy that enables you to act for the good of the organization. Not because you have to, but because you want to.”

    The IBM/Globoforce “Employee Engagement Index” measures belonging first among the “five key tenets” of a positive employee experience. It defines sense of belonging in the workplace as “feeling part of a team, group or organization.”

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  • What’s Trending in Workplace Gratitude?

    What's trending in workplace gratitude? Read on to learn more.

    What’s trending? More workplace gratitude! (Image via FutUndBeidl, Flickr)

    As the value of workplace gratitude gets more recognition, leaders are exploring its impact and studying how to better implement it.

    The power of a positive, appreciation-driven culture is clear.

    Employees at organizations with positive cultures scored significantly higher scores in leadership caring, confidence and listening, a CultureIQ poll found.

    Business 2 Community’s post “10 Employee Recognition Stats You Can’t Ignore” drives home the point.

    The research shows that gratitude is what employees need to thrive. In one survey, 58 percent of employees said recognition is how leaders could do more to improve engagement. In another study, 69 percent of employees say they’d work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated.

    “When more than half your staff wants the same thing, you listen,” B2C’s Michael Heller writes.

    Companies are listening. More and more HR departments are deploying recognition and gratitude as engagement strategies. The majority see their employee recognition programs as a worthwhile investment, according to the latest WorldAtWork research.

    Emerging from all this buzz around workplace gratitude are best practices for employee appreciation and, ultimately, cultural change.

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  • Want a Happier Workplace? Practice Employee Gratitude

    Want to build workplace happiness? Share your employee gratitude with a sincere "Thank You"!

    Employee gratitude is the shortcut to workplace happiness. (Photo via Nogran, Flickr)

    What comes first, employee gratitude or employee happiness?

    Gratitude!

    We can “live for days on just a little gratitude,” as this adorable Gaping Void art illustrates.

    It’s tempting to let perfectionism and “happiness-chasing” get in the way of actual workplace happiness.

    Recall all the times you’ve thought to yourself, We’ll be happy as soon as we get through this project, or My team needs get better at A, B and C — then we’ll be happy!

    Those parameters for happiness keep shifting away, just beyond reach. It’s a trap.

    Break the cycle! Practicing gratitude is a shortcut to happiness, and it’s a practice you can start today with employees.

    The secret to a happier workplace really is gratitude. Are your employees hearing frequent appreciation? Are they empowered to share their own gratitude? Is gratitude part of the company mission as well as daily life?

    Read on for a primer on employee gratitude essentials. Later this week, look for a followup blog post here on the latest thinking and trends in workplace gratitude.

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  • Savvy HR: Training Managers in Employee Appreciation

    Your workplace recognition program starts with training managers in employee appreciation

    Training managers in employee appreciation gives your company a competitive advantage. (Photo via Kevin Dooley, Flickr)

    Training managers in employee appreciation ensures the success of your workplace recognition efforts and protects your business. It also solves a common organizational problem: employees who don’t understand manager directives.

    “Simply put, almost two-thirds of all employees are 33 percent as productive as they can be because they don’t understand what they are now asked to do,” according to a survey of 50,000 employees.

    Understanding and appreciation are codependent.

    “Training and educating employees in company values and objectives in a way that makes sense to them — through their daily work — is a mission-critical goal for organizations today,” Derek Irvine writes for Training Industry.

    “Strategic employee recognition is the most effective method for achieving that goal,” he adds.

    And it goes beyond simply thanking employees at the annual office party. Truly effective employee appreciation is not always self-explanatory or obvious. It’s a learned skill.

    The best appreciation combines clear, mission-driven communication, smart analytics, year-round development and strategic gifts and praise.

    Training managers in this level of employee appreciation isn’t just good for employees and productivity. It’s good for managers. It shows the company is willing to invest in their development.

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