Happy International Volunteer Day! Today we’re celebrating the benefits of workplace volunteerism.
International Volunteer Day is a UN-spearheaded effort to highlight and honor the work of volunteers around the world in areas such as education, youth engagement, health, poverty eradication and the environment.
If you’re interested in celebrating the day in your workplace or sharing information about your company’s volunteer work on social media, be sure to check out these International Volunteer Day resources for participants. You’ll find logos, guidelines for promotion and more. Share your gratitude publicly for active volunteers using #GlobalApplause, this year’s theme for giving volunteers a hand.
Let the day be an inspiration to celebrate your company’s unique approach to community outreach and workplace volunteering!
Volunteer work is as varied as the people who participate, and there is no cookie-cutter template for company-led volunteer efforts.
But no matter how your company gives back to the community, studies show that workplace volunteering has serious benefits for employee engagement. Plus, it’s what employees want and even expect!
Why Workplace Volunteering Is Worth the Investment
Workplace volunteering can seem like a major investment in time, money, organization and company resources, so it’s natural to wonder if it’s worth all the effort. You may be thinking, Shouldn’t employees just focus on work?
In fact, hours spent volunteering reap benefits that reach far beyond the recipients of the good deeds.
Workplace volunteering is one of best investments for building a workforce that’s engaged, motivated and committed to the corporate mission. And younger employees are actually seeking out companies now that demonstrate a strong commitment to community outreach and giving back.
For younger workers, “it’s not just about what they do every day from 9 to 5, but about how that fits into a bigger picture,” according to the Baltimore Business Journal.
“They want to feel good about the ‘why’ of a company and its role in supporting the greater community. If they feel like they’ve bought in to a company’s mission, they will be even more motivated as employees.”
Regardless of age, employees who volunteer through their workplace feel more positive toward their employer and report a strengthened bond with co-workers, according SHRM.
Until recently, employee volunteering and giving often were relegated “to the margins of corporate citizenship,” writes Cheryl Yaffe Kiser, managing director of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, in a paper on how workplace volunteering and giving programs drive performance at Fortune 500 companies.
“This is a missed opportunity,” she writes. “Brought into the core, employees strengthen corporate citizenship from the inside out with compassion, promising ideas and unparalleled energy.”
Dianne Durkin of Loyalty Factor tells SHRM that the best workplace volunteering programs involve all employees and build on the company mission.
“It’s not just by giving money. It’s by giving time, contributing with expertise. … Employees want to feel as though their company is making a real difference in the world. It’s well beyond profits,” she says.Read More
Some families share a turkey as the centerpiece to their holiday feast. And some families share a ham. Give everyone what they want for the holidays with gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates!
Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates from gThankYou give recipients the flexibility to choose. They’re meaningful, appreciated and convenient!
Choosing an employee holiday gift that recipients will love can be a challenge, especially when you’re tasked with finding a gift to please a large workforce with a wide range of ages, backgrounds and interests.
That’s why the gift of a turkey or a ham is one of the most meaningful yet affordable gifts you can buy. Enjoy our free download “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays” and learn why businesses have been sharing the gift of a holiday centerpiece for generations!
Gift Certificates from gThankYou already gives recipients lots of choice and flexibility. Our Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates can be redeemed for a whole turkey or a half or whole ham — any brand, preparation or size, at virtually any grocery chain store in the U.S.
Your gift of a holiday centerpiece — turkey or ham — sends a message of gratitude to employees that’s integral to a thriving workplace culture. Read on to find out why gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates are America’s Favorite Employee Gift™!
The Benefits of Sharing a Flexible Employee Holiday Gift
Thanking employees at the holidays is a proven way to build better work relationships and increase productivity, resiliency, well-being, mental strength and job satisfaction.
“When you make gratitude happen, amazing things can happen. Not only will you feel better, but the people around you become inspired to do better. And that simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way to improving your company’s culture,” psychotherapist Amy Morin writes for Forbes.
It paves the way for improved culture year-round.
Any show of appreciation is good, but to be most effective, your Thank You must be heartfelt, personalized and provide meaning to the recipient.
The stakes are higher at the holidays. That’s why a generic holiday gift like a company-logo coffee mug is “likely to met with an eye roll,” Morin writes. Instead, share a token of gratitude that’s “authentic and helpful.”
Sharing gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates is …
- Practical. Unlike a knickknack that will collect dust on a shelf, a gift of food can be used right away and shared with friends and family.
- Meaningful. The holidays are a time to connect with others, share in the joy of gratitude and celebrate traditions that are important to us. By providing the centerpiece to a holiday meal, you’re sending a message of value and honoring employees’ lives outside of work.
- Convenient. gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates are convenient to give and receive. They fit into a business-size envelope, saving you the hassle of sharing an actual turkey or ham. And recipients love flexibility to redeem their Certificate when they want, at the grocery store they prefer, for the size of bird or cut of meat that’s best for their family!
- Appreciated. When your employees sit down to their holiday feast, they’ll be thinking of you and your company and grateful for the thoughtful gift.
Today is #GivingTuesday. On this day of giving back, consider how sharing in the joys of charity and volunteerism at work engages employees. Gratitude-focused celebrations like #GivingTuesday help build a year-round spirit of workplace gratitude.
The gratitude we share over the holiday season isn’t a once-a-year diversion. Let it inspire an everyday culture of workplace gratitude in your company!
Gratitude “the high-octane fuel” of relationships, says psychology professor and eminent gratitude researcher Robert Emmons in a Fast Company article this week.
It’s vital to working relationships in particular.
Studies show that gratitude acts as a disinfectant against the “exploitation, complaint, entitlement, gossip and negativity” that plague companies with toxic workplace culture, according to Emmons. Gratitude sweeps away the toxicity and replaces it with positivity — it motivates employees, encourages loyalty, relieves stress and makes us all healthier and kinder.
“Gratitude is the ultimate performance-enhancing substance at work,” Emmons tells Fast Company. “Gratitude heals, energizes and transforms lives in a myriad of ways consistent with the notion that virtue is both its own reward and produces other rewards.”
Be inspired by the following quotes for your workplace celebration of #GivingTuesday!Read More
Give your employee holiday gift a meaningful touch with customized Enclosure Cards from gThankYou! Our recently updated 2016 Holiday and Winter Card Catalog is now available to download and share.
We’re excited to offer five new holiday designs for your employee thank you. They are included in the updated Catalog along with a broad selection of popular designs.
gThankYou Enclosure Cards are included with any purchase of gThankYou! Gift Certificates. These popular Cards are 3-inches high by 4-inches wide (3″ x 4″) and printed on high-quality card stock.
Give us your personal message for recipients and, if you like, your company logo. We create a proof for you to approve and include the cards with your order — all FREE!
Take advantage of making your holiday employee Thank You gift more meaningful with a heartfelt note of appreciation. Gratitude is the secret to successful gift-giving. And gThankYou Enclosure Cards are the simple, cost-effective and eye-catching way to get across that message of gratitude! Your employees will feel valued and appreciated.
See the New Holiday and Winter Card Designs for 2016
We have a range of designs to fit any workplace culture. Pick the style that works best for your company and personalize your message of thanks! Choose one of our messages or create your own. Every Enclosure Card layout can accommodate an organization logo.
Be as creative as you want — send a jpeg of your team leader’s signature or a team picture. We are happy to create the layout you want so you can let employees know how much their contributions mean to you and your company.
This year’s lineup of new Winter Holiday Enclosure Cards:
1. Cranberry Bough
3. Candy Cane Swirls
4. Christmas Lights
See dozens more designs on our website or download the 2016 Winter and Holiday Enclosure Card Catalog today. Once you’ve decided on the design that’s right for your company, we will help you customize the cards. Read on to find out how easy it is!Read More
In charge of the Thanksgiving turkey this year? Don’t be intimidated! Download gThankYou‘s free turkey cookbook “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” and learn step-by-step how to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey plus expert tips, recipes and more – all FREE!
Thanksgiving is a time to gather and enjoy good food with family and friends. It’s our uniquely American holiday focused on giving thanks for the bounty of our lives. And the focus is on celebrating gratitude with the beloved Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece.
But what if you don’t know where to stick the thermometer or how to make gravy? What if you are not even sure what kind of bird to get?
Find the answers in our free turkey cookbook! Kitchen novices will appreciate how complete it is. Even seasoned pros will find useful tips and fresh serving ideas.
The gThankYou “Turkey Guide” is a cook’s helper. It walks you through the entire Thanksgiving turkey process, from shopping for the right bird to cooking creatively with leftovers. Whether you’re planning for a Butterball or a heritage bird that’s pre-brined, roasted or destined for the smoker, use this handy, straightforward guide to streamline your holiday centerpiece and “wow” your guests.
Along the way, you’ll find last-minute problem-solving tips and practical advice for making sure your turkey is the star centerpiece to your family’s holiday feast.
Your workforce will find our free turkey cookbook helpful, too. Share the download link with employees and coworkers, along with a Thanksgiving greeting. Everyone is sure to appreciate its helpful tips for preparing the perfect bird!
Take the stress out of preparing a holiday turkey. Download this easy-to-use resource today — it’s completely free!
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Your questions answered!
- What size of turkey should I buy?
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- Where does the thermometer go?
- Should I make traditional roasted, deep-fried or smoked turkey?
- How long should it cook?
- How will I know when it’s done?
- Should I carve the turkey as soon as it’s done? Why?
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- What if the gravy gets lumpy?
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- What’s the ultimate turkey sandwich?
Download “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” by gThankYou today to get started on creating your own memorable and delicious holiday meal. For other valuable free resources, check out “Learning How to Brine a Turkey” via the PartSelect Blog, “How to Cook a Turkey” by the Kitchn and “How to Plan and Cook Thanksgiving” by the food writers with The New York Times.
Enjoy and happy cooking!
Will employees at your company be spending Thanksgiving at work? Bring the gratitude and make it a workplace celebration they’ll appreciate.
Spending Thanksgiving at work isn’t where most of us expect to be this family-centric holiday, of course. But with the right attitude and activities, Thanksgiving at work is an opportunity to highlight workplace gratitude and celebrating with your “work family.”
“When we’re counting our blessings this Thanksgiving, work will probably not make the list for most of us,” according to the American Management Association (AMA). “Yet it’s worth noting that the origins of Thanksgiving are rooted in work. In its earliest incarnations, it was a day to celebrate the hard-earned bounty of the harvest.
“And the very first Thanksgiving feast in America came about when the Pilgrims wanted to express their gratitude to the Wampanoag Native Americans who had helped them survive their first year in their new home. So in a very real sense, the tradition of Thanksgiving began as a way of celebrating the timeless workplace values of hard work and cooperation.”
If your company has employees spending Thanksgiving at work, now’s your chance to plan ahead and make it a celebration of hard work, cooperation and gratitude!
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 spending Thanksgiving at work are far from alone.
Millions of Americans work on Thanksgiving. According to a 2014 poll, a quarter of Americans are required to work Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day — and even more, 45 percent, reported that there’s a chance they’ll work one of these holidays. Employees in retail, law enforcement, health care, travel, utilities, freight, news and other industries all keep working through the holidays.
Even though they’re far from alone in spending Thanksgiving at work, it’s crucial to let your employees know how much you appreciate their dedication and hard work coming in on a holiday.
Whatever else you do to celebrate Thanksgiving at work — gifts, a communal potluck, a catered turkey feast with all the fixin’s, or an outing to watch a Thanksgiving parade or volunteer at a soup kitchen — gratitude comes first.
A Thanksgiving gift or activity shared without gratitude is apt to feel manipulative and impersonal to employees.
Clearly expressed appreciation from company leadership is key. Employees will notice if managers and other leaders are oblivious to their sacrifice to work on a holiday.
A note or public announcement 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 plenty. If budget allows, a gift or complimentary Thanksgiving meal is a great way to reinforce this message of gratitude.
It’s worth noting that “professional satisfaction” is by far the leading reason employees feel thankful at work, beating “benefits” or “salary” by a wide margin, according to an AMA Performance & Profits poll.
When you thank employees, you’re boosting their sense of professional satisfaction. And in the long haul, feeding a culture of workplace gratitude has benefits beyond engagement.
Gratitude creates the kind of “cohesive organization that will lower stress and frankly be a place at which people are actually grateful to come to work,” Forbes contributor Neale Godfrey writes this week in her article, “Thanksgiving: Gratitude at Home and at Work May Lead to a Longer, Happier Life.”
Read on to learn how to write a meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving letter to employees.Read More