• gThankYou: 10 Years of Delighting Employees!

    gThankYou: delighting employees certificates of gratitude for 10 years!

    2017 marks gThankYou’s 10th year of helping business leaders show their appreciation with Certificates of Gratitude.

    gThankYou is proud to be celebrating 10 years of delighting employees, customers and workplace leaders with meaningful food gifts like a Thanksgiving turkey or a Christmas Ham.

    To our fantastic customers: We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Over the past decade, our Certificates of Gratitude have helped countless workplace leaders show their appreciation at the holidays and anytime.

    We are grateful to our customers for choosing gThankYou to celebrate workers and customers. We couldn’t have reached this business milestone without your support and trust.

    THANK YOU, seriously.

    The gThankYou! Team believes happiness and engagement are key ingredients for a successful workplace. It isn’t easy to run a successful business where employees are loyal and the everyday culture is vibrant and engaging. But it’s possible — anyone can start today — and the benefits are worth it!

    We appreciate that so many businesses choose gThankYou to help celebrate employees at the holidays and year-round.

    In the spirit of celebrating gratitude, we’ve picked some of our favorite gratitude-related blog posts here on “Celebrating Work”— click through below to be inspired. We wish everyone success in building a successful workplace culture!

    With sincere thanks to all for your business and support,

    Rick Kiley, Liz King & The gThankYou Team

    gThankYou: Our 10 Best Recent Blog Posts About Workplace Gratitude

    Gratitude is about so much more than saying, “Thanks.” Check out these blog posts from the past few months for practical tips and the latest thinking.

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  • Affordable Staff Gifts for Halloween (or Anytime!)

    Looking for affordable staff gifts? gThankYou to the rescue!

    Affordable staff gifts like Candy are a great way to treat employees at Halloween, or anytime! (Photo via johnnytop, Flickr)

    Treat your workplace this Halloween! gThankYou has affordable staff gifts to fit any occasion — even Halloween — and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

    gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude are good for specific grocery merchandise, like Candy or a Turkey, and can be redeemed at virtually any major grocery store chain nationwide. They’re perfect for celebrating employee successes, incentivizing safety or wellness, thanking customers or simply showing anytime appreciation.

    Givers and recipients alike love gThankYou.

    Givers appreciate how fast, flexible and affordable gThankYou! Gift Certificates are.

    Recipients appreciate the opportunity shop when and where they want, for the brands they like.

    It’s a win-win! And all Gift Certificates from gThankYou come with free, personalized Enclosure Cards with options for customization (also free!) — it’s a convenient way to express your appreciation right along with your gift.

    Halloween is perfect for employee gift-giving. The fall season is in full swing by now. People are excited and starting to feel festive for the long holiday season.

    “The fall and Halloween season permeates all parts of our lives and businesses,” according to Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation, in a Markets Insider post on spreading seasonal cheer in the workplace.

    Affordable staff gifts need free thank you cards - all from gThankYou!

    Include free Enclosure Cards with your Halloween employee gifts!

    Americans today are working longer hours than ever, leading to disengagement and burnout, she says. Breaking up routine with seasonal festive activities (and gifts!) can “help lift spirits” around the workplace.

    “It’s interesting to see how consumers and businesses alike are impacted by seasonality and seasonal excitement. It’s that visceral reaction … to seasons that can make all the difference,” Sweeney says.

    You work hard to engage employees and show your gratitude all year-long. Sometimes, the best way to say “Thank You” is with a small gift. It’s a tangible, meaningful way to show you care.

    When accompanied by heartfelt gratitude, even a small gift will be appreciated — and remembered.

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  • Buyer’s Guide to Employee Turkey Gifts

    gThankYou employee turkey gifts

    Employee turkey gifts from gThankYou are the smart, convenient and appreciated workplace holiday gift!

    Your mission: buy employee turkey gifts for everyone.

    Your goal: happy, satisfied employees who feel appreciated by their employer at the holidays.

    Now, how will you do it?

    First, be sure you’re making a smart business decision from the standpoint of your accounting department. When it comes to vouchers for employee turkey gifts, there are several options.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any brand, size and preparation of whole turkey — Butterball®, Norbest®, Smithfield® or any other brand from major grocery stores in the U.S.

    gThankYou Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons which are only good for a specific item (such as a whole turkey), have an expiration date and provide no cash or residual value. They cannot be deposited in the bank or used to buy other merchandise.

    Gift cards, on the other hand, allow recipients to buy any store merchandise. Butterball® Gift Checks, and other holiday gift checks, can be deposited in a bank account or used to buy any merchandise.

    If you are looking to restrict your holiday gift to a Turkey, choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates.

    Companies choose gThankYou Gift Certificates because they are Manufacturer Coupons. If you are concerned with the tax implications of employee gift-giving, please consult with your accounting or tax professional.

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  • 20 Ideas for Halloween Team Building in the Workplace

    20 Ideas for Workplace Halloween Team Building by gThankYou

    Halloween is one of the best opportunities all year to engage employees with team-building activities. Need inspiration? Click the image above to download this 1-Page Guide now!

    Halloween team building in the workplace engages employees at a time when they are open to having fun and expect opportunities to engage with co-workers.

    Download gThankYou’s new “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.

    Best of all, it’s FREE — our Halloween treat for you!

    Halloween is one of the most popular holidays all year, according to Harris poll. In many ways, it marks the beginning to the holiday season. Many of your employees want to celebrate Halloween at work — and they will.

    That’s where many HR pros get nervous, and rightly so. A Halloween free-for-all puts your workplace at risk for inappropriate costumes and other liabilities.

    But instead of trying to suppress Halloween celebrations, see the holiday as an opportunity to engage and have some workplace fun consistent with your culture.

    “From the employer’s perspective, you just need to prepare and communicate so that you and your employees are on the same page about appropriate behavior at work,” according to The Balance’s “How to Make Halloween Safe and Fun in Your Workplace.”

    Halloween team building — from party games to charity work — brings people together and encourages positive morale among employees. It focuses everyone’s Halloween excitement on teamwork, creativity, gratitude, camaraderie and giving back.

    It’s an opportunity for you and your management team to set the right tone, and for “executives and senior staff to mingle with the rest of the staff so approaching the senior leaders in the future might not seem so scary,” according to The Balance.

    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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  • How to Buy Turkey Gift Vouchers for Busy Employees

    Share your Thanksgiving gratitude with a turkey gift voucher and a personalized note of thanks.

    Free, customizable Thanksgiving Enclosure Cards are just one perk of ordering Turkey Gift Vouchers from gThankYou. Choose from dozens of designs, like this one!

    What’s the best gift for dedicated but busy employees at the holidays? Turkey gift vouchers!

    Everyone appreciates the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey, but busy employees don’t have time to deal with lugging a frozen turkey home from work — especially if they don’t have freezer space for it right away.

    Employees want a gift that works with their schedule.

    The same goes for your management team. Save your team from the logistics nightmare of coordinating purchasing, storage, transporting and distributing frozen turkeys.

    Turkey gift vouchers are the solution! gThankYou turkey gift vouchers offer all the benefits of a meaningful Thanksgiving gift of a turkey — without the hassle and headache.

    gThankYou’s turkey gift vouchers are Manufacturer Coupons redeemable for any brand of whole turkey, at virtually any grocery chain store in the U.S.

    Your recipients choose the size and preparation of turkey they want for their family — when and where they would like to shop.

    Gift-givers love the convenience of sharing an employee holiday turkey gift that can be delivered easily in person, fit in a holiday or payroll mailing, or tucked into a gift basket. Recipients love the flexibility to choose the brand and size turkey they want as the centerpiece to their holiday celebration.

    Plus, all turkey gift vouchers from gThankYou come with free Holiday Enclosure Cards — choose from dozens of designs for Thanksgiving or the winter holidays, personalize with your holiday message of gratitude and even include your Company logo — all free!

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  • 5 Biological Needs That Drive Employee Motivation

    Paul Kerr, employee motivation guru and author of ""Primal Management: Unraveling the Secrets of Human Nature to Drive High Performance."

    What’s the secret to employee motivation? Using extrinsic rewards to turn on intrinsic rewards, according to researcher and author Paul Herr.

    What is more essential to drive employee motivation — rewards and recognition, or engagement?

    Both, according to employee motivation expert Paul Herr. You don’t have to choose!

    Instead, “combine the best of both worlds by extrinsically rewarding managers who become skilled at pressing the motivational ‘buttons’ (of employees)” — in short, using extrinsic rewards to turn on intrinsic rewards.

    Herr explores this innovative approach to employee motivation in his recent Incentive Research Foundation paper, “Using Behavioral Economics Insights in Incentives, Rewards and Recognition: The Neuroscience.” You can download the paper here.

    If your employees landed a major financial windfall tonight, would they still show up at work tomorrow?

    Unfortunately for most of us, money will always be a factor in where we choose to work. But when you take money out of the equation, there are other things that might make us keep coming in day after day. When we care about what we do — and the people with whom we do it — work has its own rewards.

    For a huge percentage of Americans, however, this is far from the case. According to the most recent Gallup polling data, nearly 51 percent of American workers are “not engaged” at work, while over 17 percent are “actively disengaged.”

    These “not engaged” workers, Gallup says, “…show up and kill time, doing the minimum required with little extra effort to go out of their way for customers. They are less vigilant, more likely to miss work and change jobs when new opportunities arise.”

    The “actively disengaged” are even worse. As Herr puts it, they hate their jobs and see their employers as “the enemy.”

    A “disengagement epidemic” is plaguing American employers, Herr says. His goal as a researcher is to help businesses find the cure and boost employee motivation — for good.

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