Employee Appreciation and Recognition – Fostering a Culture of Gratitude and Engagement

Welcome to gThankYou’s comprehensive guide on employee appreciation and recognition. In today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment, it’s more important than ever to prioritize the well-being and happiness of your employees. Moreover, by creating a culture of gratitude and recognizing employees for their hard work and contributions, you can cultivate a positive work environment where employees feel valued, motivated, and engaged.

The Power of Employee Recognition

Understand the significant impact of employee recognition on productivity, performance, and employee retention. In addition, discover how recognition connects employees to the organization, elevates performance, and increases their sense of pride and ownership. Learn why recognition should be an essential part of every leader’s responsibilities.

Creative Ideas for Employee Appreciation

Explore a variety of practical and innovative ideas to appreciate your employees. From personalized thank you notes and messages to team bonding activities and appreciation events, discover creative ways to express your gratitude. Above all, find inspiration to go beyond traditional holiday gestures and celebrate your employees throughout the year.

Valuable Resources for Year-Round Appreciation

Access gThankYou’s collection of resources to enhance your employee appreciation efforts. Find guides on writing thank you notes, planning holiday appreciation, maximizing employee recognition time, and more. Discover valuable insights and practical tips to help you express gratitude and appreciation year-round. In short, these resources are designed to assist you in creating a culture of appreciation that promotes engagement and loyalty among your employees.

Employee appreciation and recognition are essential for building a positive workplace culture. Discover the power of recognizing employees, explore creative ideas for showing appreciation, and access valuable resources to express gratitude year-round. By fostering a culture of gratitude and engagement, you can create a work environment where employees thrive, leading to increased productivity, satisfaction, and loyalty. Embrace the culture of gratitude and start appreciating your employees today.

  • Employee Appreciation Gifts for All Occasions

    Food gift certificates are perfect for every holiday

    Employee appreciation gift certificates are the perfect way to thank employees, volunteers, clients, and customers — and gThankYou has one for every occasion!

    From on-the-spot recognition to workplace wellness incentives to milestone celebrations, and from New Year’s to 4th of July to Thanksgiving, we’re on the job and ready to help. gThankYou offers nine types of grocery store gift certificates in a variety of values to meet your company’s specific needs and budget.


    Read Full Post
  • Remember to Recognize Customer-Facing Employees

    Make sure to show appreciation to customer-facing employees.


    How often do you recognize your customer-facing employees? Do you employ servers, cashiers, delivery people, or customer service representatives? Because of their position, these employees are often overlooked and not as supported as higher-ranking staff. Yet transactions between customers and these employees make or break the image of a business. Their happiness and job satisfaction can affect your future relationships with customers and deserve to be shown appreciation. It’s simple — yet very important!


    Read Full Post
  • 10 Affordable Receptionist Appreciation Ideas

    Receptionist greeting customer

    You don’t have to break the bank to show heartfelt appreciation to your receptionists!

    National Receptionists Day is always the second Wednesday in May. It’s a day set aside to recognize and appreciate all the work that receptionists do to help organizations run smoothly. If your office has receptionists, this is a wonderful time to acknowledge their very important role.

    Read Full Post
  • Build An Employee Thank You Program

    Every workplace should have some form of a thank you program.

    Why start an employee thank you program? Because it has been proven that employees need it. Recognition and appreciation can significantly impact employee morale and engagement. A Glassdoor survey showed that over half (53%) of employees indicated that feeling more appreciated by their boss would make them stay at their current company.


    Read Full Post
  • Employee Thank You Gifts for Generation Z

    There are many ways to support Gen Z in the workplace

    Every generation in the workplace appreciates employee thank you gifts, and Generation Z is no exception. In fact, showing appreciation is even more crucial to engaging these young people. Several characteristics are emerging in the generation born after 1997: they have high expectations, they’re practical, and they’re in a position to influence the workplace for years.


    Read Full Post
  • Easy Hack to Celebrate Administrative Staff

    admin assistants deserve gratitude and praise

    National Admin Day is in April. What should you do?

    Google “administrative staff appreciation ideas” and you’ll get over a million results. But most of those ideas are pretty much the same: a mug, tchotchke, or a cute, funny card. If you’d like to do something different for administrative staff — something that will truly make them feel valued — we’ve got a great suggestion. Best of all, it’s inexpensive and it doesn’t take long.

    Here you go — one of the best administrative staff appreciation ideas out there, and it’s just three simple steps.

    Read Full Post
  • Employee Appreciation Gifts for Easter & Spring

    Easter Employee Appreciation Gifts

    Surprise your staff with employee appreciation gifts from gThankYou to celebrate Easter and the joys of spring!

    gThankYou Gift Certificates make it easy, affordable and meaningful to thank employees at the holidays or anytime. Available in a range of values from $5 to $30, gift certificates allow recipients to choose any brand of merchandise from virtually any chain grocery store in the U.S.

    Your employees will appreciate the freedom to choose the brands they like, when and where they would like to shop. (more…)

    Read Full Post
  • 10 Employee Appreciation Ideas

    We Appreciate You.

    Did you remember Employee Appreciation Day? If it passed you by, it’s never too late!

    Everyday expressions of gratitude can be easy and effective. Simple gestures such as saying thank you can foster a culture of gratitude, where appreciation is shared frequently and effortlessly.

    Here are 10 employee appreciation ideas that you can execute on the fly:


    Read Full Post
  • Employee Appreciation Holiday Gifts

    Appreciation is a key element of the holidays


    First and foremost, let’s appreciate this cute puppy. Okay, now let’s focus on appreciation in the workplace.

    It’s that time of year to celebrate, reflect and plan ahead for next year. What does that really look like in your organization? It all begins with gratitude for the people who show up and give it their all.

    It’s an excellent time to really take stock of all the moving pieces in an organization – everyone from janitorial staff to truck drivers to administrative assistants to volunteers. Everyone plays a role, so make sure that leadership appropriately acknowledges each and every person in the ecosystem.


    Read Full Post
  • Corporate Gift-Giving Etiquette

    Holiday gifts

    The holiday season is a time for giving, and many organizations choose to give gifts to their employees and other stakeholders. Corporate gift giving can be a great way to share your appreciation, strengthen relationships, and boost morale. However, it’s important to be mindful of corporate gift-giving etiquette.

    Many organizations have corporate gift giving guidelines to help streamline their giving practices. Do you? If not, here are some tips for corporate gift-giving etiquette that should serve as some guidelines to keep everyone on the same page.


    Read Full Post
  • How To Implement a Corporate Gifting Program

    Big ribbon on a gift

    Corporate gifting is the practice of businesses giving gifts to employees, customers, and other stakeholders. It can be a powerful way to build relationships, show appreciation, and promote your brand. However, it’s important to have a corporate gifting program and policies in place to ensure that gifts are given in a consistent and ethical manner.


    Read Full Post
  • Steak Gifts are Affordable, Delicious and Easy!

    Steak gifts are the perfect idea for employees, clients and business partners

    Steak is a classic and delicious meal enjoyed by people of all ages and palates. It is a versatile protein that can be cooked in a variety of ways, making it a great option for a premier but affordable appreciation gift. Steak night – paired with asparagus and a bold red wine – can inspire a romantic or celebratory evening. Steak on the grill with some potatoes and artichokes can be set the stage for a family evening in the backyard. Giving steak for gifts is almost guaranteed to be met with gratitude.


    Read Full Post
  • Pizza Gifts offer a Hearty Slice of Appreciation

    Pizza gifts are a great way to say thank you.

    Pizza. It’s a universally loved food that brings people together and puts a smile on everyone’s face. Whether it’s a casual get-together, a special celebration, or simply a night in at home, pizza symbolizes a fun meal usually shared among friends, family or colleagues. Therefore, when you need to show appreciation, pizza gifts are an excellent and easy way to say, “thank you” (our favorite phrase).

    Has your team completed a challenging project? Did the sales team meet a milestone? Do you need to thank a team of interns for their diligent work? Whatever you need to celebrate, pizza is a safe but perfect gesture of gratitude.


    Read Full Post
  • Mid-Year Engagement & Recognition Check-in

    Engagement and recognition plans

    A lot of strategic planning and budgeting happens at the end of the year, with certain elements deployed in January and February. Everyone enjoys buying their new year calendars when everything is fresh for a new start. However, many important plans, like those for employee engagement & recognition, need to be consistently reviewed. Here are some questions to ask yourself as a mid-year check-in to see if the right activities are happening and objectives are being met:

    Read Full Post
  • Why Ice Cream Gift Certificates Are a Great Gift

    Ice cream makes a great summer gift.

    Summer is a time for fun, relaxation, and enjoying the outdoors. It’s also a time when people are looking for ways to cool down and beat the heat. What better way to do that than with a delicious ice cream treat? What’s even better? An ice cream gift certificate

    Ice cream is a popular summer treat for a reason. It’s sweet, refreshing, and there are endless flavors to choose from. It’s also a great way to show employees that you appreciate their hard work.


    Read Full Post
  • The Benefits of Employee Recognition

    Even a fist bump and thank you count as employee recognition.


    At gThankYou, we are obviously strong advocates of employee recognition – we’ve built our business upon this principle! In building and maintaining a culture of gratitude, it’s important to recognize employees for their hard work, initiative and commitment. Recognition can positively impact many facets of the business and should be part of a leader’s responsibilities.

    In The Importance of Employee Recognition: Statistics and Research by Quantum Workplace, the article states, “When employees are rewarded for their contributions, they feel ownership and pride and are willing to work just as hard on their next project. Recognition connects them to the organization, elevates performance, and increases the likelihood they’ll stay.”

    Read Full Post
  • Holiday Appreciation Ideas & Resources

    Festive holiday ornaments
    At gThankYou, we like to think of ourselves as “gratitude experts.” We are strong believers in year-round employee appreciation but encourage an extra dose of thankfulness during the holidays. Here are some resources as you focus on holiday appreciation ideas.

    Holiday Appreciation Ideas & Resources

    Thank You Notes

    Although we often publish our guide to thank you notes around Thanksgiving, it’s not too late to write a letter of gratitude in December. We encourage leaders to take the time to write something personal to those who make an impact on the business. It’s well-received and appreciated — and is a smart business move in a world where retention is key. Read more here: Put the “Thanks” into Your Thanksgiving Letter or Write a Holiday Thank You Note to Remember. (more…)

    Read Full Post
  • BIG List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas

    Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas - The Best Gift is You!


    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 a few quick suggestions!

    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. (more…)

    Read Full Post
  • Holiday Appreciation Planning Checklist

    Worker with holiday appreciation planning checklist!

    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.

    This time of year, we highly recommend ordering your Turkey Gift Certificates and free Gratitude Cards NOW so you can cross it off your to-do list.


    Read Full Post
  • The Magic of On-the-Spot Recognition

    On-the-spot recognition = instant results. When you recognize employees right away, the benefits start right away. It’s simple and pays off. Try it today!

    Thank you for being.According to Indeed.com, “When people are offered consistent, actionable feedback, they can gain better insight into their successes and opportunities for improvement. Positive feedback is especially important because it increases morale, encourages good work and helps provide a sense of purpose.”

    A once-a-year party is great for tradition, but it doesn’t ultimately affect day-to-day performance. Shift your paradigm from celebrating at the end of the year or on an anniversary to how can we keep appreciation and a culture of celebration alive all year-round?

    It’s time to make recognition an ongoing, everyday activity. Read on to find out why on-the-spot recognition is so effective — and easier than you think!

    Read Full Post

How gThankYou Certificates Work

Step 1

Order Certificates

Choose the gThankYou Certificates you want and order them online or by telephone.

Step 2

Ship directly to your business

Your order is delivered by UPS. Nearly all orders ship the day received. Overnight shipping is available.

Step 3

Distribute to your employees

Personalize your gThankYou Certificates with Giver name or logo (both optional) and give them to employees.

Step 4

Redeem at any grocery store

Recipients redeem Certificates at major U.S. grocery stores and select the items they want.