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.
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!
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.
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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2023 Day-to-Day Employee Appreciation Calendar
It is our tradition to publish a day-to-day appreciation calendar tailored to people who are committed to celebrating employees. This popular guide helps you plan for holidays as well as your own anytime celebrations; it offers tons of ideas to keep employee appreciation front-and-center all year long.
gThankYou 2023 Employee Appreciation Calendar NOW AVAILABLE!
We are excited to once again share our annual gift with you — the Day-to-Day Employee Appreciation Calendar! It’s FREE and downloadable, as well as extremely helpful, insightful, and FUN!
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
Organizations often shy away from celebrations when on a tight budget. We’ve all been there! But a small budget shouldn’t impede employee appreciation and recognition. Never forget that a “thank you” is free! But there are many ways to share gratitude that don’t end up costing a fortune. We have many ideas for how to celebrate with little time or money. (more…)
Let’s start this blog post with kudos for you for hanging in there during these uncertain and challenging times. That you’re taking the time to click on this post shows your commitment to staying engaging with and supporting your remote employees. So hat’s off to you for remaining curious and committed to bringing out the best in your staff.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a host of challenges to everyone and we are seeing that people are dealing with those challenges in different ways.
Maybe you already had remote employees at your company so your challenge was expanding that scenario to many more employees. Or perhaps you are like many companies who find themselves dealing with a remote workforce for the first time.(more…)
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.
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…)
Engaging Remote Workers Is Increasingly NecessaryThanks largely to technology, more and more people — full-time employees, part-timers, and freelancers — are working remotely more and more often. One estimate from 2018 says that 3.9 million Americans now work from home at least half the week, or almost 3 percent of the country’s workforce. That’s great news for many employers and employees — remote working arrangements offer flexibility that can mean a lot to your team, as we’ve noted before. But engaging remote workers also takes some extra thought and effort. As HR Dive noted last year: (more…)
Building employee loyalty is worth the time and effortLoyalty in the workplace looks different now than it did a generation ago. Staying at one job with one employer for your entire working life and retiring with a gold watch is far from today’s norm. While employees are more apt to change jobs after just a few years, creating a workplace where there is mutual respect and trust can bring out the best in all of your employees – from Millennial to Baby Boomers. Even if an employee doesn’t spend many years working for you, maximizing the relationship you have with them through engagement, appreciation and support is paramount to the success of your business.
Learning how to engage transportation workers in your industry is key to increasing retention and reliability, keeping workers happy and improving overall customer service.
Retention and an aging workforce are challenges for the trucking industry in particular, according to FleetOwner.
“As the ‘traditional’ make-up of the U.S. truck-driver population is rapidly aging and heads for retirement, new efforts must be made to attract younger and ‘non-traditional’ candidates to the job of piloting commercial vehicles for a living,” Sean Kilcarr writes for FleetOwner.
The potential for automation in long-haul trucking is making current employees nervous about their long-term prospects and adding to an overall feeling of being undervalued and under-appreciated. (more…)
What is more essential to drive employee motivation — rewards and recognition, or engagement?
Both, according to employee motivation expert Paul Herr. You don’t have to choose!
Instead, “combine the best of both worlds by extrinsically rewarding managers who become skilled at pressing the motivational ‘buttons’ (of employees)” — in short, using extrinsic rewards to turn on intrinsic rewards.
Herr explores this innovative approach to employee motivation in his recent Incentive Research Foundation paper, “Using Behavioral Economics Insights in Incentives, Rewards and Recognition: The Neuroscience.” You can download the paper here.
If your employees landed a major financial windfall tonight, would they still show up at work tomorrow? (more…)
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…)
The dog days of summer are here, and your staff could use a little extra engagement. Now’s the time to bring the team back together from their summer distractions with a late-summer employee cookout.
Workplace productivity drops 20 percent during the summer months, team projects take 13 percent longer to complete and workers are 45 percent more distracted, according to Entrepreneur.
Push back against those disengagement tendencies by embracing summer fun in a way that reinforces and builds team dynamics. (more…)
Make it a goal this summer to check out employee engagement books that will inspire and challenge you, whether you’re planning a major “think week” or just have 15 minutes a day to read over lunch.
Get a head start on engagement planning for this year by exposing yourself to fresh ideas and perspectives. Spark your creativity!
According to Kevin Kruse, consultant and NYT bestselling author of “Employee Engagement 2.0,” employee engagement is often misunderstood.
That lack of understanding is holding back (more…)
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…)
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…)
Are your employees caught up in election distraction? Don’t worry! Election Day is actually a great opportunity to engage distracted employees.
This presidential election cycle has been more distracting and contentious than most — and it’s causing problems in the workplace, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.
Bosses are put in a position to mediate political disputes between coworkers and are “struggling to keep employees civil and productive,” John Simons and Rachel Feintzeig report.
At the same time, there’s no denying that (more…)Page 1 of 212