• FREE Summer Employee Appreciation Calendar

    Gain ideas and tools for building summer employee appreciation with gThankYou's free Employee Appreciation Calendar.

    Embrace summer employee engagement! Move meetings outside and let employees take their lunch and coffee breaks outdoors.

    Have you downloaded gThankYou’s free Employee Appreciation Calendar yet? A summer chock-full of employee appreciation activities is your buffer against seasonal disengagement!

    The rising temperatures and increased distractions of summer have an inescapable impact on employee attention.

    Nobody wants to be like Gary Lumbergh, the despised Office Space boss who tells his employees to “go ahead and come in” Saturday (and Sunday), but what do you do on Friday afternoons when you can practically see employee motivation wafting away in the summer breeze?

    The trick is to work with summertime distractions, not against them.

    “From an HR professional’s perspective, summer provides a golden opportunity to mix up the workplace routine by providing unfettered access to outdoor activities — something not always available during other seasons,” Paul Falcone, HR exec and best-selling author, writes for SHRM.

    Fun summer holidays like Say Something Nice Day, 4th of July, National Ice Cream Day and Labor Day are an opportunity to enjoy the season together and build on everyday employee appreciation goals. Everyone enjoys an afternoon break for an ice cream party, outdoor games or an all-family picnic. There are loads of easy, affordable ways to engage with employees and make them feel valued.

    HR initiatives like employee appreciation are not a “nice to have” bonus — they are strategic. But a recent study shows organizations still don’t view HR as a strategic contributor, despite the proven success of these contributions.

    Now’s the time to put a plan into place and make sure your team’s strategy is as seamless as possible!

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  • Turkey Or Ham Gift Vouchers for BBQ Season Fun!

    gThankYou Turkey or Ham Gift Vouchers for summer barbeque fun!

    ‘Tis the season for family cookouts and summer BBQ fun! Share a gift your employees can really use: gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates. (Photo via rdecom, Flickr)

    Turkey or Ham gift vouchers from gThankYou are the perfect way to reward employees during summer BBQ season.

    Memorial Day is almost here — ’tis the season for family cookouts, employee picnics and other opportunities for summer barbecuing fun.

    gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Vouchers allow recipients the freedom to choose any brand or preparation of whole turkey or whole or half ham, at virtually any major grocery store nationwide.

    A turkey or ham centerpiece to a special meal is a meaningful, appreciated gift that employees can enjoy with family and friends. It’s always appropriate and always valued.

    Turkey or Ham gifts are convenient for your company, too! Ordering is easy either online or by calling 888-484-1658. Receive your Turkey or Ham vouchers as soon as the next business day — we ship same day on nearly all orders!

    And, all gThankYou gift certificates come with free customizable “Thank You” Enclosure Cards to fit any season or occasion.

    Need a large number of vouchers or have a distributed workforce? We can help! Not only do we offer volume pricing, we can create custom online ordering for your distributed workplace. Call us at 888-484-1658 to learn more.

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  • How One Company Does ‘Epic’ Employee Engagement

    'Epic' employee engagement

    The software company Epic Systems, located in rural Wisconsin, has a strong employee engagement ethic. (Photo via E. Nekervis, Flickr)

    The software company Epic Systems proves you don’t have to be located in Silicon Valley to attract tech talent or have a vibrant culture of “epic” employee engagement.

    Epic attracts employees from far and wide to its campus situated amid farm fields outside Madison, WI. The company has mushroomed in recent years and now employs more than 9,000.

    Epic has a reputation for good pay, great culture and a quirky, fun-filled campus that provides many on-site amenities to employees.

    A rare interview with Epic founder and CEO Judy Faulkner last month is an insightful look at her unique approach to employee engagement, development and management.

    Read on for takeaways from this interview on Epic’s strong employee engagement ethic.

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  • Wellness Incentives for Workplace Health & Fitness

    wellness incentives for the workplace

    Reward employees with wellness incentives like gThankYou! Certificates for Groceries or Fruits & Vegetables. (Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr)

    Wellness incentives help reward and encourage healthy employee choices like regular exercise, annual checkups, smoking cessation and nutritious cooking.

    If your company isn’t already using wellness incentives, now’s a great time to start!

    May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, with Employee Health and Fitness Day celebrated the third Wednesday of the month — this year on May 17.

    All month, organizations across the country are raising awareness about the benefits of a healthy workplace.

    Healthy employees are better employees.

    A study of more than 20,000 employees at three large, geographically dispersed U.S. companies found that employees who exercised more and ate more fruits and vegetables had better performance and much lower absenteeism than their less health-conscious coworkers.

    This month, help equip your employees with the knowledge and tools they need to improve their wellbeing — and help them develop habits that will last year-round! Incentivizing healthy choices is a great way to reinforce the benefits and encourage longterm lifestyle changes.

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  • Show Your Teacher Appreciation In the Workplace!

    Share your teacher appreciation this week!

    Show teacher appreciation in the workplace this week! (Image via NEA.org)

    Your organization doesn’t have to be a school to celebrate teacher appreciation in the workplace this week!

    This is the week to thank all teachers, from classroom teachers to your employee development leaders — anyone who spreads the joy of learning and sharing knowledge in your organization and community.

    Teacher Appreciation Week is underway and continues through Friday, and National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 9.

    Engage all employees in showing gratitude to teachers this week and celebrating the gift of learning!

    In today’s demanding and fast-paced business culture, “leaders would be wise to develop a strong learning environment at the workplace,” Naphtali Hoff writes in a HuffPo article, “Build a Team of Workplace Teachers.”

    He quotes the celebrated CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch: “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

    “But learning alone is not enough,” Hoff continues. “Leaders that want to stay ahead must make sure that their companies also place a premium on teaching.”

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  • 10 Affordable Ways to Share Receptionist Appreciation

    How will you share your receptionist appreciation this week?

    Your receptionists are the face of your company! Do you have a receptionist appreciation plan for National Receptionists Day? (Photo via Michael Coghlan, Flickr)

    You don’t have to break the budget to show heartfelt receptionist appreciation!

    National Receptionists Day is always the second Wednesday in May. This year it’s Wednesday, May 10.

    First launched in 1991, National Receptionists Day celebrates the role of professional receptionists. It’s a day set aside to recognize and appreciate all the work that receptionists do to help organizations run smoothly.

    Why receptionists? They’re the face of your company. Receptionists are usually the first (and sometimes only) company representative your customers or clients interact with. Often, they’re the first to explain your company’s products or services, or hear feedback.

    And they’re doing all that while fielding phone calls, coordinating schedules and handling deliveries!

    Great receptionists are knowledgeable, friendly and fast.

    Making sure your receptionists feel appreciated and included in your company culture is key to promoting a positive company image. Your gratitude makes the difference. Read on for 10 receptionist appreciation ideas that won’t break your budget!

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