Kickstart Employee Engagement with an Annual Calendar

Energize your year with our tailor-made Employee Engagement Calendar. This daily guide brims with unique ideas to foster a culture of appreciation, celebration, and high morale. Let’s make employee engagement a year-round celebration!

Innovative Team Building Ideas

Then dive into the world of team building with our insightful articles. “How Ice Cream Builds Employee Engagement” and “Host a Virtual Ice Cream Social” reveal how shared experiences and rewards strengthen team bonds, even when working remotely. It’s time to create lasting, positive memories with your team.

Employee Appreciation on a Budget

Worried about budget? No need! Our article, “How to Celebrate on a Tight Budget”, offers cost-effective ways to express gratitude and keep employee engagement high. Remember, a “thank you” is always free!

Engaging Your Remote Workforce

Don’t forget to include everyone! In the era of remote work, our “Supporting Remote Employees Now” guide is more relevant than ever. Find out how to manage and engage a dispersed team, ensuring productivity and satisfaction across miles.

Unlocking the Secrets of Employee Loyalty

Additionally, discover the key to employee loyalty and how cultivating workplace friendships can lead to higher job satisfaction rates. With less employee turnover, your workplace becomes a more engaging environment.

Engagement Strategies for Transportation, Manufacturing, and Other Blue Collar Industry Workers

Delve into the specific needs of transportation, manufacturing and other blue collar workers. Learn strategies to increase retention, reliability, and improve customer service. It’s time to value and appreciate your hard-working, on-the-go team.

Stimulating Employee Motivation

Finally, gain valuable insights from employee motivation experts like Paul Herr. Learn how to stimulate intrinsic motivation using extrinsic rewards. Imagine this: Even if your employees hit the jackpot tonight, they’d still show up at work tomorrow!

From year-end festivities to engaging blue-collar workers, our webpage offers a wealth of engaging, informative, and enjoyable content. Let’s work together to create a vibrant, loyal workplace culture through effective employee engagement and team building.



  • March Madness = Slam Dunk for Employee Engagement

    March Madness is a fun time for employee engagement

    March Madness is back! For the next few weeks, both diehard and occasional fans will dive into college basketball. Instead of being irritated by the distraction of employees filling out brackets and chatting about buzzer-beaters, take this opportunity for some exciting employee engagement. Here are some considerations for turning March Madness into a team-building opportunity!

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  • 2024 Employee Appreciation Calendar Now Available!

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    We are thrilled to reveal our annual Day-to-Day Employee Appreciation Calendar! It’s free and downloadable, as well as extremely helpful, insightful, and fun! If you’re focused on employee retention, improving recognition practices, or workplace engagement, we have you covered.

    We work all year to create this annual employee appreciation calendar for YOU, the people focused on employee engagement and appreciation; those who are actively building vibrant, loyal workplace cultures.

    This is a much-needed resource to turn to for creative workplace ideas. Not only does it take the guesswork out of workplace events, it provides a variety of ideas for all budgets to improve workplace culture.

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  • Team Building Exercises That Show Appreciation for Employees

    Team Building Exercise

    A culture of appreciation is essential for any successful workplace. When employees feel valued, they are more likely to be engaged, productive, and loyal. There are many ways to show appreciation for employees, from simple gestures to more elaborate team building exercises.

    Grateful leaders go beyond simply saying “thank you.” They create an environment where employees feel celebrated and respected. This can be done by providing opportunities for growth and development, listening to employee feedback, and sharing successes.

    Here are some ideas that may work well for your teams.

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  • Beat the Summer Heat with an Ice Cream Social

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    Just because school is back in session, doesn’t mean that summer is over! In most of the country, we’re still experiencing heat waves that SCREAM for ice cream! Popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and sundae bars are a fan favorite, no matter how old you are and where you live. 

    Whether you have a small staff or large teams with remote employees, a hybrid ice cream social is a great way to reward employees and bring smiles to everyone. Let us help you plan one today!

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  • 8 Gratitude Exercises for Groups

    Gratitude exercises for groups

    Gratitude activities for adults can play a crucial role in building a kinder and more purposeful workplace culture. Tangible expressions of gratitude are proven to enhance engagement, reduce turnover, and boost overall morale. One practical way to foster a culture of gratitude is by incorporating gratitude exercises for groups. Here are 8 exercises that you can (and should) try.

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  • Be Enthusiastically Engaged!

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    A workplace requires employee engagement to thrive — or even survive. Increasingly more research supports the fact that people need to be positively engaged to perform their jobs, let alone enjoy them and stay with organizations. Retention is a critical topic in workforce management, and it requires attention and consistency. Post-COVID, when employees were quitting in droves, the theme was hot again — What IS employee engagement? But we’re here to make sure it doesn’t go dormant — complacency doesn’t work in talent management. The key is to lead as someone who is knowledgeable, excited about people-centric and leadership trends, and enthusiastically engaged.

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  • Build an Employee Engagement Calendar

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    January is full of forecasting, goal-setting, and looking forward to a successful new year. It’s also National Thank You month, which is why it’s the perfect time to plan ahead for acts of gratitude and appreciation.

    Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! Check out these gratitude resources that will inspire and help you build and maintain a culture of appreciation and employee celebration ALL YEAR LONG!
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  • Top 10 Ideas for Year-End Office Festivities

    Year-End Office Festivities and Workplace Activities


    Let the fun commence!
    Here are 10 ideas for throwing year-end office festivities. This time of year can be stressful, but also full of gratitude, wonder and joy! Set the tone with simple, impactful workplace activities that spread the spirit!

    Not only do year-end office festivities offer a way to have some fun, but they are a strategic way to show employee appreciation and enhance employee engagement. Be true to your culture — what would be authentic and enjoyable? Tap some creative minds and enjoy the process!

    Top 10 Year-End Office Festivities

    Volunteer together at a food pantry or host a holiday meal at a shelter. Bring employees together to give back to the community, offering unity, perspective and goodwill to all who participate.
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  • You’re JUST ON TIME! for Holiday Gift Planning.

    Just in time for holiday gift planning.


    Believe it or not, the holiday gift planning season is here!
    Here are some details you should know as you prepare to celebrate employees for a year of hard work. The good news? We can handle the heavy lifting for your holiday gift planning.

    Many gThankYou customers are faced with the daunting task of distributing gifts to a large number of locations, employees working from home, or to clients across the country. With dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of offices and associates nationwide, it can be challenging and very time-consuming. Let us help. (more…)

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  • How Ice Cream Builds Employee Engagement

    Ice Cream Builds Employee Engagement

    Ice Cream Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

    Hopefully you are already aware that July is National Ice Cream Month! This is the month to celebrate our love of all things ice cream, including sorbet, Popsicles, sundaes, floats, shakes — we could go on and on. It’s a lot like a good employee engagement program: it brings people together, makes everyone feel happy, and is endlessly creative.

    That doesn’t mean you can drop off a tub of vanilla in the break room with a scoop and expect (more…)

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  • How Companies Cultivate Workplace Friendships

    Did you know August 5th is National Friendship Day?

    Happy Friendship Day! Photo of Friendship Day celebration display by Ananta Bhadra Lamichhane

    As National Friendship Day approaches in August, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how companies can cultivate workplace friendships and why workplace friendships are important.

    Survey Says…

    In an article about workplace friendships for L & D Daily Advisor, writer Lin Grensing-Pophal cites a Gallup Q-12 employee engagement assessment tool which asks the questions, “Do you have a best friend at work?” Why ask that question?  Well, research by Gallup indicates that having a best friend in the workplace correlates with higher job satisfaction rates AND a reduction in the likelihood that an employee will depart to find a different job. (more…)

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  • Engaging Blue-Collar Workers: A How-To Guide

    Engaging blue-collar workers is one of HR's biggest challenges.

    Is your company engaging blue-collar workers with a focus on recognition and pride? (Photo via UC Rusal, Flickr)

    Engaging blue-collar workers may be one of the biggest engagement challenges facing HR today.
    Hourly workers are unhappier than salaried workers in many job aspects, according to recently released Gallup poll data.
    A Harvard Business Review analysis concluded, “People working blue-collar jobs report lower levels of overall happiness in every region around the world. This is the case across a variety of labor-intensive industries like construction, mining, manufacturing, transport, farming, fishing and forestry.” (more…)

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  • Engaging Employees in National Safety Month

    Engaging employees in National Safety Month

    Engaging employees in National Safety Month in June promotes a “we’re in this together” mentality. (Photo via USACE, Flickr)

    Marc Flanders, principal at consulting firm WC Solutions Group, sees a common mistake in workplace safety engagement.
    The mistake is in how incentives are targeted, Flanders tells EHS Today. Companies may think they’re checking off all the right boxes by incentivizing safety, then reward the wrong employees.
    “I see some companies put all their budget into the people who are safe for a year,” Flanders says. “I tell them, ‘Wait a minute. You’re spending all your money on the people who are safe. What are you doing to change the behavior of people who aren’t safe?'”
    Successful safety incentives programs need to have an “everybody wins” mentality. After all, a workplace isn’t (more…)

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  • How One Company Does ‘Epic’ Employee Engagement

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    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 (more…)

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