• 9 Ways to Kickstart Employee Wellness Goals

    Employee wellness goals are easy to achieve by supporting healthy shopping and eating habits.

    Encourage and reward employee wellness goals like shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables. World Health Day is April 7! (Photo via USDA, Flickr)

    Spring is here, and World Health Day is April 7 — two good reasons to set employee wellness goals this month to support and engage healthier habits in your workplace!

    Most employees aren’t even aware of the wellness benefits their company offers. According to the Transamerica Center for Health Studies 2017 Consumer and Employer surveys, 62 percent of employers say they provide employee wellness programs — yet only 40 percent of employees say their organizations offer them.

    “The survey isn’t the first source to show a disconnect between how employers and workers view their wellness programs,” HR Dive noted. A 2017 Willis Towers Watson survey showed 81 percent of employers said their wellness programs were meeting workers’ needs, but 61 percent of employees disagreed.

    “There’s clearly a disconnect between employers and workers over the effects of wellness programs — a real problem in a time when wellness programs can vary so widely,” according to HR Dive.

    You could be offering the best medical benefits and wellness perks in your industry, but if no one even knows about them, it’s a major missed opportunity at employee engagement and recognition.

    Better communication, more effective tools and targeted rewards are key to making sure employees are not only aware of your workplace wellness program but eager to participate in it. Some companies, in particular hospitals, are even adding a chief wellness officer position to their C-suite to elevate the discussion of employee wellness to the executives’ table. Companies appointing this new position “anticipate not only happier employees but also improved patient experience and outcomes,” according to HR Dive.

    If your company is looking to boost its wellness programming, there’s no better time to start than now. Spring brings warmer temps for outdoor fitness activities and more in-season options for healthy eating initiatives.

    Plus, several upcoming observances, like World Heath Day on April 7 and Employee Health & Fitness Month in May, are just the boost your workplace may need to rejuvenate employee wellness goals.

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  • Redeeming Your gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate

    You choose the ham you want when redeeeming your gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate.

    Homemade Glazed Easter Spiral Cut Ham with Carrots and Potatoes

    Did you recently receive a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate? Congrats! We hope you love sharing your ham gift with family and friends. Redeeming your gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate is easy. Just choose any major grocery chain store in the U.S. and you’ll be enjoying your delicious holiday ham in no time!

    Your Certificate can be redeemed today — or whenever works for you. Redeem it as the centerpiece to your Easter or other holiday meal, or save it for a summer barbecue. gThankYou Certificates have long expiration periods so you choose when to enjoy your gift and where to redeem it. It’s all up to you!

    For the best service, we recommend redeeming your Certificate at a traditional chain grocery store such as Kroger, Safeway, Shop-Rite, Publix or other similar grocery stores in your area. We do not recommend discount general merchandise stores such as Wal-Mart.

    Click these links if you would like a one page “About Your Certificate” Letter in English or Spanish to share with recipients or managers.

    Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to redeem your gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate.

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  • Why Share an Easter Ham Gift with Employees?

    Easter ham gift certificates from gThankYou! Share your gratitude this spring!

    Celebrate Spring with your workplace by sharing an Easter Ham Gift from gThankYou!

    An Easter ham gift from gThankYou allows your recipients to shop locally for their holiday ham, for the size and preparation of ham they want. Plus, all gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates come with free, customizable “Thank You” Enclosure Cards so you can share your holiday greeting in style!

    Spring is here! Celebrate with employees with an Easter ham gift. It’s easy, practical and appreciated.

    Celebrating milestones with employees is a valuable way to honor accomplishments and share gratitude. This includes work milestones, like a good sales month, and personal milestones, like birthdays.

    But it also includes the milestones we mark together: holidays.

    Even if your employees and customers don’t celebrate Easter religiously, they’ll appreciate the secular aspects of the holiday.

    Easter celebrates the new season, rebirth and new beginnings. It’s the perfect chance to look back in gratitude at the progress your team has made so far this year and look ahead to recommit to goals for the rest of 2018.

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  • What You Can Do to Build Employee Happiness Today

    employee happiness comes from a recognition-rich culture and appreciation of meaningful work

    Employee happiness is the natural result of a recognition-rich culture that engages everyone. (Photo via Jeff Djevdet/Speed Property Buyers, Flickr)

    Employee happiness is the natural result of a recognition-rich culture that engages everyone.

    In a truly happy workplace, no one gets left behind, even new hires and remote staff.

    International Day of Happiness is Tuesday, March 20. This year’s theme is “Share Happiness” — a focus on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.

    We need it! The U.S. ranks 18th among the world’s countries, with an average life satisfaction of around 6.88 on a scale of 10, according to a United Nations report.

    “While that may be relatively near the top, America’s happiness figures have actually declined every year since the reports began in 2012, and this year’s are the lowest yet,” writes George Ward, a PhD researcher at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and co-author of the new book “The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being Over the Life Course.”

    In an article this week for the Conversation, “Why Americans are unhappier than ever — and how to fix it,” Ward addresses employee happiness directly.

    “Not surprisingly, the world of work has a huge influence on our happiness as adults, providing not only income but also important social interactions as well as routine and purpose. The leading drivers of a satisfying work life include job autonomy, work-life balance and the quality of social interactions with coworkers and managers,” he writes.

    Employee happiness “is not a luxury, but can make for a more profitable business environment,” he adds.

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  • Savvy HR: Celebrating Easter in the Workplace

    Celebrating Easter in the workplace can be as easy a fun, bright colored baskets of treats.

    Celebrating Easter in the workplace is a great chance to recognize employees with seasonal gratitude and fun, fresh gifts. (Image via ketnyelvugyerek, Flickr)

    Celebrating Easter in the workplace welcomes the Spring season! It’s a great chance to recognize employees with seasonal gratitude and fun, fresh gifts.

    Perk up your team with a colorful Easter party that focuses on employee appreciation. Celebrating Easter in the workplace is the perfect time to recommit to New Year’s resolutions for 2018 and get excited for the rest of the year.

    Easter this year is Sunday, April 1. It’s followed by Easter Monday, a public holiday in some countries and celebrated by Christians worldwide with family gatherings, festive parades and special foods. The week-long Jewish festival of Passover coincides with Easter this year, March 30 to April 7, starting with the first Seder on March 30.

    Regardless of your employees’ religious affiliation, however, there are many secular ways to celebrate the season: a company-wide egg hunt for families, community outreach programs, fresh flowers for the office and brightly decorated baskets stuffed with chocolate treats and little gifts. Make it an inclusive occasion everyone will enjoy.

    Celebrating Easter in the workplace by sharing a thoughtful message of gratitude

    (It’s a perfect time to thank customers, too. See our recent how-to blog post on ideas for Easter customer appreciation.)

    Your employee Easter gifts don’t need to break the budget — keep it simple, fun and festive. And don’t forget to include a “Thank You” message with your gifts. Gratitude is essential to the season and the cornerstone of meaningful employee engagement.

     

     

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  • 7 Fun Employee Team-Building Ideas for Pi Day

    Employee team-building ideas for Pi Day - Celebrate with Pie!

    Wondering how to celebrate Pi Day with employees? How about fresh-baked pie, team-building games and convenient Pie Gift Certificates from gThankYou? (Photo via Evan Shelhamer, Flickr)

    Brighten up the last few weeks of winter with these employee team-building ideas for Pi Day 2018 on Wednesday, March 14!

    Pi Day — not to be confused with National Pie Day, our other favorite excuse to enjoy pie — is a holiday made up by math geeks to celebrate the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference.

    That number is typically rounded up and shortened to 3.14, so the holiday is celebrated on March 14. And 3.14 backwards spells … you guessed it, P-I-E. As PBS describes it, “Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers.”

    Pi Day is for the rest of us, too. Everyone loves pie, and even the math-phobic among us can get excited about numbers games and other related activities.

    Take advantage of this holiday to engage employees as a break from work and a chance to get to know each other better.

    Or, if your workers deal directly with math and numbers — for example, employees in retail or sales — ask them to play numbers-related games or participate in a fun math challenge related to their work.

    Bottom line: everyone gets to enjoy a nice slice of pie.

    Read on for fun ideas to celebrate your team this Pi Day.

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