gThankYou 2022 Employee Appreciation Calendar
It is our tradition at gThankYou to publish an annual employee appreciation calendar for all the hard working managers and staff trying to engage and appreciate employees and build vibrant, loyal workplace cultures. This 2022 Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar helps you stay ahead of the game with holidays, celebrations, and monthly ideas to keep employee appreciation front-and-center. It’s the ultimate resource to inspire and help plan employee engagement and celebration activities for the new year!
After all, do you have the time to remember when to honor your admins, drivers’ fleet or the scientists in your workplace? We do! Do you know for sure when Employee Appreciation Day is? (Hint: it’s Friday, March 4, 2022.) Download this free Calendar resource and know for sure.
Dates and SO MUCH MORE…
Do you think we’d just give you a list of dates? Of course not! The 2022 Employee Appreciation Calendar is packed with valuable how-to information including monthly “Ready-to-Go-Celebrations” and “Don’t-Miss-Celebrations”, party ideas, examples, case studies, resources and more!
gThankYou’s Calendar is designed to include everything you need to keep you current, inspired and focused on day-to-day employee appreciation.
Take the time to flip through this gorgeous gift that is all yours! Share it with your colleagues and other leaders. Print it out or save it to your desktop! Share it with your social media gurus and the benefits team. Encourage everyone to think ahead for how to illustrate employee recognition in proactive and creative ways.
Employee Appreciation Matters More than Ever
Employee retention is critical these days. The number one way to keep people around? Ensure they feel valued. This doesn’t need to mean money and gifts. In fact, a heartfelt thank you, a sincere handwritten note of appreciation, a personal acknowledgement of an employee’s efforts can be as meaningful or more.
Inside this Employee Celebration Calendar, we share lots of ways to show appreciation and care to the people who keep your business going strong.
And don’t wait until next year’s holiday party! To build a culture of appreciation takes sharing gratitude with employees year-long. Let us help you with this year’s Employee Appreciation Calendar.
If there were ever a “one size fits all” approach to recognizing workers, there definitely isn’t now. Too much has changed.
That’s why we’ve designed this calendar eBook. We want to inspire you to super-charge your engagement and find the recognition tactics that work best for your organization. After all, you know your company best.
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. (However things go this year, everyone can use more happiness and fun.)
This isn’t a novel that needs to be read front to back. It is intended as a year-round reference — so skip ahead, go back, reread, and return to it whenever you need a little creative juice. This is “choose your own adventure” engagement!
Happy New Year from Us to You!
Let us celebrate YOU! You’ve had a long, hard year and deserve a BIG thank you and inspiration heading into 2022. We sincerely hope this colorful, jam-packed, helpful resource makes your life easier — and more fun!
Be sure to check out our other resources for building a workplace culture of appreciation and gratitude – all FREE on our website!
Your Friends at gThankYou
January is National Thank You Month!
We hope you are ringing in the new year with optimism and excitement! It is a fresh new start and there is no better way to look forward than with gratitude. January is National Thank You Month and it is at the perfect time to invest in new activities to nurture gratitude and kindness in the coming year.
Here are 5 ways to embrace gratitude and thanks all month long in life and in the workplace, setting the stage for a year full of these habits.
5 Ways to Embrace Workplace Gratitude Now
1. Make thank you note writing an accessible and fun activity for the year.
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. Be sure senior management models the thank you note behavior they want from the rest of the staff to make sharing written appreciation part of your workplace culture.
Commit to providing an “Appreciation Station” in the new year where all employees can grab a thank you card, fun pens and stamps. Make it easily accessible and regularly encourage team members to write notes to each other, customers, business partners, significant others and whoever else!
2. Start a gratitude journal and gift them to your team.
Gratitude journals may seem trendy, but for good reason. 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 when times are challenging. There are volumes of research on the science of journaling and the wonders it does 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. Once you experience the joy that ensues, it will likely feel very natural to want employees to also embrace the act. It serves as a thoughtful, productive gift that may resonate deeply with others.
Consider offering journaling classes with an expert – an easy online offering that provides wellbeing benefits both personally and professionally. And, a great supplement with the gift of a gratitude journal.
3. Embrace tech-based appreciation sharing.
We are huge fans of written thank you notes (see #1), but there are also many ways to get the gratitude flowing through 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? Not sure? 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. Check out the success of Thnks. Don’t forget the #gratitude #YouAreAwesome #thankyou hashtags!
4. Reach out and thank those who deserve extra appreciation this year.
This has been a time of uncertainty for everyone. Rules are consistently changing. Agility is not only helpful but critical for survival. Everyone has made sacrifices. So whether your team has worked extra hours, gone the extra mile to make things work, 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 gThankYou’s 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 other 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 provide a budget for employees’ remote offices to choose gapingvoid inspirational artwork. Categories including: gratitude, appreciation, collaboration and much more!
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“.
Happy New Year! May it be a comeback year full of happiness and success!
Your friends at gThankYou
Merry Christmas and thank you! In the spirit of the holidays, it is fitting to share our gratitude with you.
We are passionate about the act of gratitude being a year-long commitment, but this time of year is always a little special. We have watched workplaces transform, leaders completely change direction, employees step up, and much more. We have lived and worked through a global pandemic, and we are here to reflect and forge forward.
As you gather with your colleagues, team members, friends and family, take a moment to savor these relationships. Support of one another is key in maintaining our mental health and wellness. Share a smile, a meal, a toast, a note of thanks. Tell everyone why you are grateful.
We have partnered with a wide variety of organizations to provide Gift Certificates that have filled the tables, fridges and pantries of people across the country.
We hope to offer inspiration as you build and maintain a culture of gratitude in your world – big or small.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas, full of cheer, warmth, happiness and gratitude. Thank you for your business, support, friendship and camaraderie.
The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper
So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us—Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Read an NPR article about this book here.
Savor and enjoy every moment!
Our deepest gratitude,
Your Friends at gThankYou
Hurry, Check Employees Off Your List!
The holidays are upon us! But if you haven’t planned a special thank you, it’s not too late!
The holidays sneak up on us every year. But this year, with staffing shortfalls, supply chain issues, and a persistent pandemic, the holidays have arrived with even less warning than usual.
If you haven’t ordered employee holiday gifts yet, don’t despair! Order gThankYou Certificates of Gratitude today and have them in time to share for Christmas with your heartfelt gratitude.
Whatever Certificate of Gratitude gift you choose, we work long hours to ship all orders same day. Expedited shipping options are available, so you can be sure to receive your gifts in time.
It’s Not Too Late!
Order online or call us at 888-484-1658.
If you have a large company or distributed workplace, call us. We can help with volume pricing (all Certificates except Grocery) and custom logistics.
gThankYou Gift Certificates
- Are the modern way to participate in a timeless workplace holiday tradition. Employees can use their vouchers to choose the brands they want at their favorite stores.
- Can be easily personalized (for free!) with recipient and giver names. All orders come with optional Enclosure Cards (for free!), which you can customize with a message and your company logo.
Check out our Christmas and Winter Enclosure Card designs.
- Fit in standard business-sized envelopes, perfect for distributing in person or with company mailings.
Not everything has gone smoothly this year. With gThankYou Certificates of Gratitude, employee gift-giving can be the rare exception. Order now while you still have time!
Make Your Gift-Giving Fun!
You might order in lunch for employees and hand them their Gift Certificates personally. You might have executives cook and/or serve the food. Host a virtual event, hybrid party or give everyone a well-deserved day off to go holiday grocery shopping (if they so choose)!
However you choose, be sure to share your gift with sincere appreciation and gratitude. It will not only make your recipient(s) feel great, but you too!
Year after year, gift certificates and gift cards are on top of the most appreciated employee gifts. With the knowledge that everyone loves a food gift from gThankYou, it’s a win-win!
How do you plan to reward hard-working employees this season? Let us help – it’s not too late!
2-4-6-8 – Who do we appreciate? Our hardworking employees!!
Just in time for the holidays, gThankYou has released our Big List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas! This book is perfect all year for inspiration for ways to support and recognize the people who make your business work. Best yet, it’s FREE to download and share with colleagues.
Still looking for the perfect holiday workplace gift? Check it out! Although here’s our suggestion!
The eBook is broken down into categories and lists so it’s easy to read, get inspired and apply. It’s the perfect go-to resource as you brainstorm and think through employee appreciation planning now and in the coming year.
As you skim this guide, you’ll find something for everyone. Some gifts are costly or come in a big box. They always leave a big impression. Others are more modest, but they’re just as meaningful, especially when combined with your sincere gratitude.
Browse high-impact ideas in every category, including gifts that can help you:
• 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
This time of year, employers often struggle trying to think of the perfect employee holiday gifts. What does everyone want, need and love? Food. What’s a thoughtful gift that can be shared with others over the holidays? The gift of food.
At gThankYou, we have an easy way to share the holiday gift of food with your team. gThankYou Grocery Gift Certificates allow recipients to buy any combination of food items – at the time and grocery store of their choosing. They prohibit any non-food items. such as alcohol or tobacco.
If you wish to give recipients the ability to choose the holiday meal they want for their families, choose gThankYou Grocery Gift Certificates.
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard
Today’s headlines are full of crazy statistics about the workplace, with headlines like The Great Discontent ringing in our ears. Leaders are worried about retention rates, hiring, and assessing culture. While we understand the stress that accompanies these concerns, there is a bright light. This is an excellent opportunity! Let’s discuss what employees REALLY want for the holidays – your heartfelt appreciation for their hard work and loyalty.
This is the time to build a culture of gratitude. Thank those employees who have stuck through the hard times. Attract new talent by offering a culture that understands their needs. Build peer-to-peer and top-down communication channels and recognition that makes people feel valued.
As we dive right into the holiday season, gThankYou is here to help you share your appreciation. Personalized, heartfelt thanks is in demand and, together, we can deliver.
As you reconnect with friends and family, enjoy fabulous meals, and have fun this week, we hope you get the chance to pause and reflect on all there is to be grateful for in your life. At gThankYou, we are grateful for our families, friends, clients and partners. Together, we can have a Happy Thanksgiving — sharing gratitude around the table and beyond.
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‘Tis the season for festive spirits and holiday gift-giving! Wrap your holiday employee gifts in gratitude and watch as spirits rise and kindness become contagious in your workplace. At gThankYou, we are believers that the season isn’t simply about buying gifts and checking off a to-do item. It is the spirit of gratitude – thanking others for the role they play in your life or business. Sincerely, authentically and from the heart.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
– Melody Beattie
A well-designed, personalized gift with a heartfelt note of appreciation does add that special touch. It’s both meaningful and memorable making the recipient feel special and truly valued. Let’s face it, these days we all crave sincere appreciation.
Download Your Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook and Guide!
Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?
For many, the shopping, menu planning and decorating is enjoyable and nostalgic. For others, knowing how to choose, prepare and cook the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal is daunting. And, sometimes you are pretty sure you know what you are doing, you just need a little help!
We believe preparing your Thanksgiving turkey should be fun — and at gThankYou, we are here for you and your team!
• Are you new to cooking a turkey?
• It’s been a while since you have hosted Thanksgiving?
• Are you a seasoned cook looking to spice up your traditional menu?
• Not sure how to defrost a frozen turkey?
• Never made gravy before?
• Not sure what kind of turkey to purchase?
• Want to take the stress out of cooking a turkey?
There’s Still Time to Say Thank You with a Turkey Gift!
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. But there’s still time to show your gratitude to hardworking employees with turkey gift certificates — if you act soon and choose gThankYou!
gThankYou offers same-day shipping, so your employee Thanksgiving gifts can be there as soon as tomorrow!
The Thanksgiving Gift Everyone Loves!
You Received a gThankYou Gift Certificate for a Holiday Turkey!
If this is your first time receiving a gThankYou Gift Certificate, welcome, we know you’ll love your thoughtful food gift!
gThankYou makes it easy to redeem your voucher at major chain grocery stores anywhere in the United States. You choose when and where you want to shop and with gThankYou Certificates you choose any brand, size and preparation of qualifying merchandise.
How does redeeming your gThankYou Certificate in the pandemic change things? Redeeming through major grocery stores remains the same. We now offer direct reimbursement as an option too. Read on to learn more.
Nothing says “Thank You” like the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. And now is the perfect time to give thanks!
November is National Gratitude Month. The month leading up to Thanksgiving is perfectly fitting for us all to embrace the act of gratitude. There are many ways to express our appreciation for those in our lives. After the last year and a half, we especially appreciate being acknowledged and valued.
And, World Kindness Day is November 13. According to InspireKindness.com,
“World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.”
There are many ways to celebrate the day, but we encourage you to be creative! Check out these resources and inspiration (including printables and more).
At gThankYou, we encourage gratitude and kindness all year long. But if there ever is a time to show employees, families, business partners, vendors and others gratitude, this is it!
What better moment could there be to distribute your turkey gifts?
What’s the difference between Turkey Gift Certificates vs. Gift Cards and Gift Checks?
Looking to share the gift of a turkey in your workplace this holiday season? Be sure to understand the differences between Turkey Gift Certificates vs. Gift Cards and Gift Checks to choose what’s best for your employees and customers.
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 allow recipients to buy any store merchandise. Holiday gift check programs such as Butterball® Gift Checks, simply provide checks that 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.
Times have been really tough for both employers and employees. While the last couple of years have been stressful, we’ve also seen people really step up! During uncertain times, it’s important to share your company gratitude with employees. This time of year, we recommend writing a memorable Thanksgiving letter to employees to show how much you care. It’s the quintessential message of, “Thank you for being here and all you have done and continue to do!”
Whether you are part of the over-taxed health care industry, over-burdened supply chain, or another business that is thankful for its hard-working employees, showing appreciation is critical – now and always.
Your Sincere ‘Thank You’ Matters
Thank you is easy to say, yet it’s underused in the workplace. Let’s collectively change that! When in-person, use eye contact, a handshake, fist-bump or other social connection while saying, “Thank you.” We promise, it will be well-received and appreciated.
Why? Because thank-you notes work! (Research proves thank-you notes work even better than cash bonuses, say HR experts.)
A written note or company-wide Thanksgiving letter of appreciation are underutilized gems. A sincere note communicates you care and are grateful for employees hard-work and dedication, especially during these challenging times.
gThankYou has spent years honing the perfect tips for how to express gratitude in a way that is authentic and well-received: in the form of a memorable Thanksgiving or holiday letter. If you’ve never done one for your team or company, it’s a great time to start the tradition!
Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Planning ahead is key to avoid scrambling and making the season more hectic than enjoyable. The good news is that we have the tools to help you succeed! Our new holiday appreciation planning checklist can be used year-round, offering ideas for ways to celebrate your employees.
Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and celebrating traditions. Turkey has long-been the traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, making it the symbol of the holiday, gratitude for the bounty of the meal, shared history and family and friends.
While every group or family is different, there is something special about time together, gathering around the table, and enjoying each other’s company at the holidays. At gThankYou, we are passionate about what we do because it provides employers a way to celebrate team members in a way that honors gratitude and tradition.
A Thanksgiving turkey gift is so meaningful, it positively impacts both giver and recipient. You may not know this, but turkey gift-giving has been a workplace tradition for over a century.
In an article on MentalFloss.com, Why We Eat What We Eat on Thanksgiving, it shares that even Alexander Hamilton said,
“No citizen of the U.S. shall refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day.”
In general, there are varied historical versions of when and how turkey as the centerpiece all started, but it was deeply rooted in American tradition when it was declared a holiday in the 19th century.
Looking for a way to thank and celebrate your hard-working team? A turkey for Thanksgiving is a gift that everyone appreciates and values.
Last year, workplace Halloween festivities took place virtually. Despite the distance — and perhaps the initial awkwardness of dressing up for a Zoom party — events everywhere were successful! Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, offering an opportunity to tap into creativity and kid-like behaviors (candy binge, anyone?). In our current environment, everyone appreciates a chance to relax and have fun at work.
In this new world of work, Halloween may continue to be a hybrid event. Some workplaces will resume all-things-Halloween, with elaborate decorations, cutthroat costume contests and sugar-laden parties. Others are still remote, but with full intentions of celebrating. Either way, the options to have Halloween fun are endless.
Delight hard-working staff with a Halloween activity or celebration this year. You’ll all appreciate the chance to engage over something fun.
“The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we’ve come to need Halloween.”
– Paula Curan
Turkey and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are redeemable at major grocery chains anywhere in the U.S. for any brand, preparation and size of turkey (or ham). Recipients choose where they want to shop and the perfect turkey centerpiece of their Thanksgiving meal.
One of the perks of working with gThankYou is the ability to personalize Gift Certificates (with recipient names and organization logo) and custom Enclosure Cards. Well-done employee appreciation is all about personal connection.
To learn more about volume discounts on turkey vouchers or how we can help with large distributed workplaces, call us at 888-484-1658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be delighted to work with you this holiday season!
If you’ve ever been curious about why the employee turkey gift tradition matters, the reasons are many: it’s practical, meaningful, affordable and a gift everyone values and enjoys sharing with family and friends!
For decades, company leaders have been giving turkeys to their employees at Thanksgiving as an expression of appreciation. The gesture is a nod to tradition and gratitude. It’s an affordable gift, but one that is truly appreciated. It’s also smart business.
It is already that time of year to think ahead. How will you celebrate your employees this holiday season?
gThankYou makes turkey gift giving easy, regardless the size of your organization. Start planning ahead now and contact us to find out about our simple, easy and personalized process. Visit us online or call us today: 888-484-1658!