• Secrets for Employee Gift-Giving Success

    Holiday gifts for employees

    Delight Employees This Holiday Season

    Research backs up what successful organizations have known all along – that appreciating employees day-in and day-out feeds productivity, retains employees and transforms workplace culture.

    In other words, as Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely says, “recognition drives engagement and engagement drives productivity.”

    Gifts are a tangible way to express your appreciation for each employee’s contribution to your organization. It may seem like a simple gesture, but expressing genuine appreciation matters more to recipients than you may think.

    Consider this: among workers who feel valued, 88% feel engaged and 93% say their motivated to do their best. (American Psychological Association).

    And, when gratitude is regularly expressed, employee engagement, productivity and customer service ratings are 14% higher (Bersin by Deloitte).

    Gifts Send a Powerful Message

    What makes an employee gift successful? Hint: It’s not about the money.

    The average employer spends $79 per employee on gifts, but most workers say they would be just as happy with lower-cost (or even no-cost) alternatives. What matters most is the spirit in which the gift is given.

    The essence of workplace holiday gift-giving is gratitude: your gratitude for employees’ contributions over the past year and employees’ gratitude toward you for showing your appreciation.

    Gift-Giving is an Opportunity to Show You Care

    Workplace leaders understand gift-giving is an important opportunity – to show you care and make employees feel valued.

    So how does one choose a successful employee gift?

    Find out in our new eBook, “Making Employee Gifts Count, Secrets for Gift-Giving Success”!

    In this free eBook, you learn from workplace experts not only why gift-giving is so important, but also how to do it well and effectively.

    Download your FREE copy of gThankYou's "Making Employee Gifts Count, Secrets to Gift-Giving Success"!


    Inside this eBook you’ll learn:

    • Why workplace gifts matter
    • Understanding what workers value
    • The best workplace gifts
    • How much is enough
    • Gift-giving do’s and don’ts
    • How to make your gift memorable

    Why wait? Download your FREE COPY Now!

     


    Make Your Workplace Gifts Memorable

    Sharing your sincere gratitude is what will make your gift truly memorable.

    Just ask Sheldon Yellen who as CEO of BELFOR Holdings Inc. writes over 9,000 employee thank you and birthday notes a year. “Yellen has found taking the time to write out a card for each and every person has created a culture of compassion through the whole company.”

    Whenever possible, put your appreciation in writing. It will not only be memorable but will likely become a keepsake. Think about those times someone took the time to pen a note of thanks to you. Chances are you kept that note.

    Whether you intend to write a holiday letter to your entire workplace or have plans to hand-write a thank you note to your team, we applaud you and encourage you to take advantage of our resources for inspiration and real-world examples.

    How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees


    Your FREE guide to putting the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving for your workplace.

    gThankYou’s popular resource for writing a thoughtful Thanksgiving or holiday employee letter. Full of examples of real employee letters and how-to insight for crafting a meaningful letter employees will treasure.

    Download this FREE guide now!


     

    How to Write Thank You Notes Employees Will Treasure



    Our go-to resource for writing meaningful employee and customer thank you notes – anytime!

    Understand the basic pillars of praise and the anatomy of an effective Thank You note. A great resource for anyone new to workplace thank you notes or who wants to learn how to make them more impactful.

    Download this FREE guide now!

     

    The holidays can be the most rewarding time of year for gift-givers and receivers alike. We hope you find our gift-giving guide useful now and throughout the year, and we wish you and your entire team all the best this season.

    Download your free guide to "Making Employee Gifts Count, the Secrets to Gift-Giving Success"!

    Should your holiday gift-giving plans involve the much loved gift of a Turkey Or Ham, we would be honored to serve you.

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  • Frozen Turkey Gifts vs. Turkey Gift Certificates

    Beautiful Thanksgiving Turkey Spread

    If you’re still ordering frozen turkey gifts for your employees, this should be the year that you replace that burdensome and onerous approach with Turkey Gift Certificates from gThankYou.  We assure you that this easy process will literally and figuratively lighten your load.
    Turkeys remain the quintessential holiday employee gift.  Always the star on the table at Thanksgiving gatherings across the country, turkeys are a welcome and appreciated gift.  They are the perfect way to underscore how thankful you are for your employees’ contributions and loyalty.
    There is no longer a good reason to struggle with frozen turkey gifts. gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are good for any brand and size whole turkey, at major grocery chain stores nationally. Recipients love having the ability to choose the turkey they want for their family. Instead of having your team spend time on frozen turkey logistics, they can spend it on what really matters – engaging employees and sharing heartfelt appreciation.

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  • Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide

    Cook the perfect turkey this holiday season with gThankYou’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide.

    It seems that fall is upon us suddenly, as is the proliferation of pumpkin spice everything.  This means that it’s time to start thinking about showing gratitude to employees this Thanksgiving holiday.

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that is quintessentially American and an ideal reminder for us all to embrace and share feelings of gratitude and togetherness.  The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey for employees means that you are providing the centerpiece to their meal as they gather with friends and family.  Contributing to the good will that permeates Thanksgiving ensures that your generosity and thoughtfulness will be remembered by your employee and their guests.

    There is no other gift that strengthens employee bonds and good feelings towards your company as well as the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey.

    The Ultimate Resource for Serving a Perfectly Cooked Holiday Turkey

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    Everyone loves an unexpected gift!

    At gThankYou we think your holiday Turkey Gift deserves a special unexpected addition – our Turkey cookbook and guide!

    gThankYou’s newly updated Guide is much more than a traditional cookbook. It’s the complete resource for serving a beautifully cooked turkey from start-to-finish.

    This Ultimate Turkey Guide is the perfect complement to the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey – and FREE!

    Download your copy today and share this helpful how-to guide with coworkers. We think you’ll love it!

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  • 9 Easy Ideas for Halloween Team Building

    Carving pumpkins is a great halloween team building project!

    A pumpkin-carving party is a fun, affordable Halloween activity for workplace team building.

    A fantastic opportunity for easy team building is….Halloween.
    If the extent of your company’s Halloween celebration is a dish of candy corn and a few streamers, you’re missing out.
    Engagement, not passive entertainment, is key to successful team building. Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to engage employees in fun activities that everyone will enjoy and that don’t need to break your budget.
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  • 8 Frightfully Easy Halloween Employee Engagement Ideas

    Build employee engagement this Halloween!

    Your workplace Halloween celebration is a key holiday for employee engagement. (Adapted via torbakhopper, Flickr)

    Halloween is a great opportunity to foster employee engagement and workplace camaraderie — are you taking advantage of it?
    Here’s what makes Halloween such a standout engagement time:
    It’s popular. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, Halloween ranks third among U.S. adults for favorite holiday. Only Christmas and Thanksgiving rank higher! Halloween outranks the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and even “my birthday.”
    It’s participatory. From pumpkins and costume parades to trick-or-treating, Halloween gets people moving, talking and connecting with one another.
    It’s creative. Nearly everything we do to celebrate Halloween encourages creativity, from carving the perfect pumpkin to sewing a one-of-a-kind costume.
    It’s fun! Yes, a little fun plays an important role at work! Regular opportunities for play in the workplace break down barriers, boost creativity and optimism, lower stress and increase motivation.
    Read on for quick employee engagement ideas for a successful workplace Halloween!
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  • Why You Should Celebrate Easter in the Workplace

    Spring officially begins today, March 20th! Hold on, spring weather is coming soon too.
    Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer, known for her bright and sunny prints, had this advice:
    Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.
    In the meantime, it’s the perfect time to plan your springtime employee appreciation activities. Not sure you should celebrate Easter in the workplace? Read on and learn why you should and how to take advantage of the joy of the arrival of spring and Easter to celebrate and appreciate employees and customers.

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  • Making the Most of Valentine's Day in the Workplace

    Fun, easy and affordable ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day in the workplace

    Our favorite candy heart saying is “ur kind” but “you rock” is always welcome!  Check out this Reader’s Digest article if you’re curious about conversation heart messages.
    Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

    We spend more of our waking hours with co-workers than we do with our significant others, so take advantage of Valentine’s Day and celebrate colleagues! If you focus on gratitude and appreciation, it’s perfectly appropriate and thoughtful to do.

    Valentine’s Day in the workplace should be about celebrating workplace colleagues and a culture of kindness and compassion. Steer clear of romance and relationships. The opportunity is to communicate value for great working relationships and a culture supportive of compassion and camaraderie.

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  • 7 Fun Employee Team-Building Ideas for Pi Day

    Employee team-building ideas for Pi Day - Celebrate with Pie!

    Wondering how to celebrate Pi Day with employees? How about fresh-baked pie, team-building games and convenient Pie Gift Certificates from gThankYou? (Photo via Evan Shelhamer, Flickr)


    Brighten up the last few weeks of winter with these employee team-building ideas for Pi Day on March 14!
    Pi Day — not to be confused with National Pie Day, our other favorite excuse to enjoy pie — is a holiday made up by math geeks to celebrate the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference.
    That number is typically rounded up and shortened to 3.14, so the holiday is celebrated on March 14. And 3.14 backwards spells … you guessed it, P-I-E. As PBS describes it, “Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers.”
    Pi Day is for the rest of us, too. Everyone loves pie, and even the math-phobic among us can get excited about numbers games and other related activities.
    Take advantage of this holiday to engage employees as a break from work and a chance to get to know each other better.
    Or, if your workers deal directly with math and numbers — for example, employees in retail or sales — ask them to play numbers-related games or participate in a fun math challenge related to their work.
    Bottom line: everyone gets to enjoy a nice slice of pie.
    Read on for fun ideas to celebrate your team this Pi Day.
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  • How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Workplace

    Celebrate Thanksgiving in the workplace this year and show colleagues you care!

    Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is an appreciated and valuable way of showing gratitude to employees. (Photo via Satya Murthy, Flickr)


    Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is an appreciated and valuable way of showing gratitude to employees. Don’t miss out this year!
    SHRM calls Thanksgiving workplace celebrations an “incredible tool” for managers.
    A business veteran and author quoted by SHRM says that “in so many organizations, employees go through their days assuming that their co-workers, and especially their bosses, don’t notice or appreciate all of the hard work that they do.”
    “And if that’s the way you feel, you will just go through the motions,” the expert, Todd Patkin, says.
    Thanksgiving gratitude to the rescue! “Tapping into the spirit of Thanksgiving can tip the balance between success and growth or stagnation and failure,” Patkin says.
    Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is also a “motivator and catalyst for growth,” he added.
    Read on for tips on how to celebrate Thanksgiving in the workplace, even with limited resources or at the last-minute. After all, the emotion that Thanksgiving thrives on — gratitude — is 100% free and instantly accessible.
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  • It's Not Too Late to Order Business Thanksgiving Gifts!

    Thanksgiving is next week, but it’s not too late to order your business Thanksgiving gifts for the workplace.
    gThankYou offers same day shipping so your business Thanksgiving gifts can arrive as soon as tomorrow!
    Not only are gThankYou’s business Thanksgiving gifts fast and convenient, they’re a meaningful and practical gesture of gratitude that your workplace will love.
    gThankYou! Gift Certificates for Turkey (or Turkey or Ham) allow you to give recipients the gift and joy of a Thanksgiving turkey for their holiday meal centerpiece — without the stress of handing out actual frozen turkeys or hams.
    Our Thanksgiving Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole turkey (or whole or half ham), at virtually all major groceries nationwide. gThankYou Gift Certificates redeem as Manufacturer Coupons, just like the cents-off coupons everyone is used to.
    Plus, you won’t need to worry about finding Thanksgiving cards to accompany your gifts at the last minute. All gThankYou Gift Certificates come with customized, personalized “Thank You” Enclosure Cards — FREE.
    Don’t miss this opportunity to show appreciation in your business at this important time of year. Holiday gratitude is essential in the workplace because it is a chance to let employees know you care about them as people first, according to careers-search website Ladders.
    “As a manager yourself, part of your job description is to ensure your direct reports feel valued, treasured and supported. This doesn’t just extend to their performance between 9 and 5, but also that you understand they have a life outside of the office, too,” Ladders’ Lindsay Tigar writes.
    For employee gifts, one workplace expert “suggests a gift certificate toward something they enjoy … that you know will make them happy.”
    In the end, that’s what business Thanksgiving gifts are all about: a token of gratitude to make employees happy. Happy employees are the foundation for a successful, productive and profitable business!
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  • Thanksgiving Gift Certificates Say 'Thank You' When It Counts

    gThankYou Thanksgiving Gift Certificates with free gift Enclosure Cards

    All gThankYou! Thanksgiving Gift Certificates come with your choice of custom ‘Thank You’ gift Enclosure Cardsfree!

    What’s a meaningful yet simple way to share your Thanksgiving gratitude with employees? Thanksgiving Gift Certificates!
    gThankYou’s Thanksgiving Gift Certificates for Turkey (or Turkey or Ham) allow you to give recipients the gift and joy of a Thanksgiving turkey for the centerpiece of their holiday meal.
    The centerpiece to the Thanksgiving feast is a symbol of gratitude and family togetherness going back generations. It’s America’s oldest tradition — and a practical gift everyone appreciates and enjoys sharing with family and friends.
    Thanksgiving Gift Certificates from gThankYou can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole turkey (or whole or half ham), at virtually all major groceries nationwide. Our Gift Certificates redeem as Manufacturer Coupons.
    What will really make a lasting impression is sharing your sincere message of “Thanks” along with your Thanksgiving Gift Certificate.

    The ‘Uplifting Charm’ of Thanksgiving Gratitude

    As the year comes to a close, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the year and express appreciation for all your staff’s hard work. Thanksgiving was created for sharing gratitude!
    In a newspaper column this week, editor Ben Bromley praises the simplicity of Thanksgiving.
    “There is beauty in simplicity, and grace in gratitude,” Bromley writes.
    Thanksgiving is underrated, and it’s time we “give Thanksgiving when it’s due.”
    “Ever since the Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered to break bread and give thanks for the harvest, there has been a quiet, uplifting charm to the holiday,” he writes.
    Celebrate that charm with employees! Express your thanks to staff with a practical, meaningful gift that symbolizes gratitude: Thanksgiving Gift Certificates.
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  • 5 Halloween Contest Ideas for the Workplace

    Need Halloween contest ideas for the workplace? It’s not too late! You still have plenty of time to plan something fun and engaging for employees.
    Your instincts to celebrate Halloween in the workplace are spot-on. Halloween is an active, hands-on holiday and popular with people of all ages. A record 179 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween this year.
    Halloween “brings out the creative side in all of us, no matter what age, and allows everyone to show off and have a good time in any way they choose,” Rachel Farley writes in an Ogemaw County Herald editorial.
    It may seem like fun and games, but done right, Halloween contests and other activities feed workplace creativity and team-building.
    Creativity is crucial in the workplace, according to Forbes: “Creativity is rapidly shifting from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ quality for all types of successful organizations — from delicatessens to design firms.”
    Any risks involved with celebrating Halloween in the workplace, like inappropriate costumes or practical jokes taken too far, are easy to avoid by planning ahead and putting guidelines in place. (A good place to start to make sure you’re setting the right rules is AZBigMedia’s helpful blog post on celebrating Halloween in the office without consequences.)
    Embrace Halloween! Your employees (and customers) will be glad you did.
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  • Why Choose Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers?

    Best employee turkey gift - gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers

    America’s business leaders choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and vouchers for Thanksgiving and holiday employee appreciation. Shouldn’t you?

    If you are looking to share a holiday turkey gift with employees or customers, skip the logistic hassles of distributing frozen turkeys and share gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers instead.
    What’s the difference between turkey gift certificates and vouchers? Nothing! A “voucher” is just another term for gift certificate.
    When it comes to workplace turkey gifts, more companies choose gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude. We’re America’s favorite choice for Turkey Gift Certificates, Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates and other popular food gifts – perfect for holiday-time or anytime employee and customer appreciation.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any brand, size and preparation of whole turkey — Butterball®, Norbest®, Smithfield® or any other brand from major grocery stores in the U.S.
    gThankYou Gift Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons which are only good for a specific item (such as a whole turkey), have an expiration date and provide no cash or residual value. They cannot be deposited in the bank or used to buy other merchandise.
    Be careful not to confuse turkey gift certificates and vouchers with gift checks or gift cards.
    Gift cards, allow recipients to buy any store merchandise. Butterball® Gift Checks, and other holiday gift checks, can be deposited into a bank account or used to buy any merchandise. And, both are taxable gifts to employees.

    If you are looking to restrict your holiday gift to a Turkey, choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates.
    (If you are concerned with the tax implications of employee gift-giving, please consult with your accounting or tax professional.)
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  • 20 Ideas for Halloween Team Building in the Workplace

    20 Ideas for Workplace Halloween Team Building by gThankYou

    Halloween is one of the best opportunities all year to engage employees with team-building activities. Need inspiration? Click the image above to download this 1-Page Guide now!


    Halloween team building in the workplace engages employees at a time when they are open to having fun and expect opportunities to engage with co-workers.
    Download gThankYou’s new “Halloween Team Building Guide” — a one-page PDF that highlights 20 time-tested exercises, games and activities for Halloween team building to help you engage your staff in a meaningful celebration.
    Best of all, it’s FREE — our Halloween treat for you!
    Halloween is one of the most popular holidays all year, according to Harris poll. In many ways, it marks the beginning to the holiday season. Many of your employees want to celebrate Halloween at work — and they will.
    That’s where many HR pros get nervous, and rightly so. A Halloween free-for-all puts your workplace at risk for inappropriate costumes and other liabilities.
    But instead of trying to suppress Halloween celebrations, see the holiday as an opportunity to engage and have some workplace fun consistent with your culture.

    “From the employer’s perspective, you just need to prepare and communicate so that you and your employees are on the same page about appropriate behavior at work,” according to The Balance’s “How to Make Halloween Safe and Fun in Your Workplace.”

    Halloween team building — from party games to charity work — brings people together and encourages positive morale among employees. It focuses everyone’s Halloween excitement on teamwork, creativity, gratitude, camaraderie and giving back.
    It’s an opportunity for you and your management team to set the right tone, and for “executives and senior staff to mingle with the rest of the staff so approaching the senior leaders in the future might not seem so scary,” according to The Balance.
    Plus, if your company is hosting kid-friendly fun, “Halloween also provides the perfect setting for the families of your employees to see the workplace where Mommy or Daddy spend most days.”
    No matter how your team works — on a factory floor, in an office, in retail or sales, at an outdoors construction site, even remotely or on the road — gThankYou’s “Halloween Team Building Guide” has ideas for engaging everyone.
    Download yours free today and start planning now for a fun, productive and inspiring Halloween in the workplace!
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  • 5 Reasons Employees Love Turkey Vouchers

    Turkey vouchers by gThankYou are good for any brand whole turkey at major grocery stores in the U.S.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are good for any brand of whole turkey at major grocery stores in the U.S. All orders come with FREE Cards to customize with your Thanksgiving appreciation.


    What goes great with your workplace Thanksgiving celebration? Turkey vouchers for employees!
    A gift certificate for a turkey is an affordable yet meaningful way to share a classic employee holiday gift. And by giving vouchers instead of actual turkeys, your team avoids the hassle of handling and storing a large number of frozen birds. It’s a win for everyone!
    gThankYou! Turkey Vouchers (or Turkey Or Ham Vouchers) make it easy to reward and thank your staff with a gift they’ll remember all year. Recipients love the ability to choose the turkey that’s best for their family holiday celebration — gThankYou Turkey Vouchers are redeemable for any brand of whole turkey, at virtually all major grocery stores in the U.S.
    Because a turkey is the Thanksgiving meal centerpiece, it carries the symbolism of holiday gratitude and family togetherness. As a gift, it lets your employees know you care.
    Plus, it’s a practical gift your employees will be able to share with family and friends.
    gThankYou! Turkey Vouchers are easy to order: online or call us at 888-484-1658. They come with free personalization and free customizable ‘Thank You’ Enclosure Cards. Even better, we ship same day so you can have your order as fast as tomorrow.
    Order America’s Favorite Turkey Vouchers™ today and let us take care of the logistics of your holiday appreciation so you can focus on what’s really important: thanking employees and celebrating the joy of the season together!

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  • How to Buy Corporate Turkey Gifts the Easy Way

    Corporate turkey gifts made easy with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates

    Delight your workplace with the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey this holiday season. gThankYou makes it easy and affordable.


    It’s August already — time to start planning your annual corporate turkey gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
    Early planning gives you and your team more time to focus on what really matters at the holidays: sharing your gratitude with staff, volunteers and customers.
    Let gThankYou take care of the logistics this year.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates make it easy and convenient to share corporate turkey gifts.
    Our turkey vouchers carry on the appreciated tradition of giving employees a Thanksgiving turkey, without the hassle of storing and handling a large number of frozen birds.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are redeemable for any brand and any preparation of whole turkey, at virtually all major U.S. grocery stores.
    Plus, all gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates come with customizable Enclosure Cardsabsolutely free! It’s the easiest way to wish a “Happy Thanksgiving!” to the people in your workplace and express your sincere appreciation for their contributions.
    Givers and recipients alike love gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates. They’re easy, practical and, best of all, meaningful.
    A turkey is the centerpiece to the most gratitude-focused holiday of the year. The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey shows your recipients that you care about them and their family. When they sit down to their annual Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by family and friends, they’ll be grateful for you and your organization, too.
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  • It's Almost Spring! Time for Easter Employee Appreciation

    Plan now for Easter employee appreciation — it’s a celebration of spring renewal and gratitude that everyone can embrace and enjoy.

    Now’s the time to start your Easter employee appreciation planning! Easter will be here soon.
    Why thank employees at Easter?
    Besides being a widely celebrated family occasion, it’s a springtime holiday with cultural, non-religious traditions that will appeal to everyone.
    Country singer Reba McEntire famously said that Easter is important to her because “it’s a second chance.”
    Easter employee appreciation is a great idea, regardless of employee religious affiliation, because it generally marks the beginning of spring and the sense of renewal and gratitude that accompany the new season.
    And, as is often the case, Easter coincides with Passover.
    In a diverse workplace where the majority of employees may not be Christian, focus on the secular aspects of Easter. Put employee accomplishments and community first!
    Read on for five reasons to include Easter employee appreciation in your spring planning this year.
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  • How to Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Workplace

    Celebrating workplace friendships is why you should celebrate valentines day in the workplace!

    There’s another way to frame a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration besides romance. It’s a celebration of workplace friendships! (Photo by Tyler Burrus, Flickr)

    Planning a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration may seem like a tricky proposition at first glance — drawing attention to romance, among coworkers? That’s an HR headache waiting to happen!
    But there’s another way to frame a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration: as a celebration of workplace friendships and the strong bonds that develop between people who work closely together.
    “We all need friends at work,” writes University of Kentucky provost and management professor Christine M. Riordan, for Harvard Business Review.
    At a time when employee engagement is at an all-time low, it’s important to recognize the power of friendship in the workplace, according to Riordan.

    Why Workplace Friendships Deserve Celebration

    “Research shows that workers are happier in their jobs when they have friendships with co-workers. … Gallup found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50 percent and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work,” Riordan writes.
    But workplace friendships are about more than camaraderie and fun.
    “It is also about creating a common sense of purpose and the mentality that we are in it together,” she writes.
    Friendships are particularly vital to the happiness, motivation and productivity of Millennial employees, according to a LinkedIn study.
    Another demographic is seeing an increased reliance on friendships: men. According to a recent survey, men are forming more meaningful relationships with other men. And that could have a “transformational” effect in the workplace, according to the Fast Company article, “How Men’s Changing Friendships Might Reshape the Workplace.”
    “We already know how workplace friendships can be vital, energizing and meaningful. In addition to their upsides for individual well-being, they also impact team performance, adding another level to the instrumental ways we rely on each other and collaborate,” researcher Michael Kimmel writes for Fast Company.
    “We men are also learning that workplace friendships, with both women and men, can be a reason we show up for work every day. We let down our guard, share what’s important, and listen with care. And our lives — in the office and outside it — are so much richer for that.”
    Read on for tips on how to plan a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration that reflects the transformational power of friendship between coworkers.
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  • Bring Your Gratitude: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Work

    Share your gratitude and celebrate Thanksgiving at work

    Celebrating Thanksgiving at work? Be sure everyone gets a slice of pie (and gratitude)! (Photo via See-ming Lee, Flickr)


    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

    Download our free eBook, "How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees".

    “Learn how to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees” with the FREE eBook from gThankYou!


    “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 recent 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.
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  • FREE eBook: How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees

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    Learn insights from workplace leaders to writing a Thanksgiving letter to employees that they will remember. Download this new FREE eBook by clicking the image above.

    It’s November, and that means the holiday season of gratitude is here! Seize the opportunity to honor and celebrate with your staff — write a Thanksgiving letter to employees this month.
    Writing Thank You notes is a practice shared by many of the most successful CEOs in business, like Campbell Soup Company’s Doug Conant and Pepsi’s CEO Indra Nooyi.
    But you don’t have to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to write the kind of Thank You letter that employees tell their families about and remember for years to come.
    We are excited to introduce our new eBook“Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving: How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees”,  the perfect resource for inspiring your Thanksgiving letter to employees this holiday season. Download this FREE eBook for step-by-step tips and lessons from real-life examples from workplace leaders.
    This free eBook is for you — whether you’re an HR manager in charge of employee holiday gifts, a C-suite executive seeking practical advice for a company-wide Thanksgiving mailing, or a location manager who wants to hand-write individual Thank You cards to the whole team.
    Writing a memorable Thanksgiving letter to employees is one of the most valuable and appreciated ways to show your gratitude to employees.

    The Simple Power of ‘Thank You’

    Learn tips to writing a Thanksgiving letter to employees they'll value and remember.Doug Conant is a legendary thanker. While leading Campbell Soup through a dramatic turn-around, he wrote more than 30,000 handwritten Thank You notes to staffers and clients.
    Conant’s all-too-unusual practice helped create “a company-wide culture of gratitude,” according to Business Insider.
    His dedication to gratitude was almost certainly a factor in Campbell Soup’s reinvention and renewed success under his leadership from 2001 to 2011.
    “It’s worth mentioning that when Conant took the reins at Campbell Soup, the stock price was falling and it was the worst performer of all the major food companies in the world … By 2009, the company was ahead of the S&P Food Group and the S&P 500,” Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz writes.
    “Bottom line: showing gratitude can motivate your team to work harder, and you probably aren’t showing enough right now,” she concludes.
    In a must-read editorial for Harvard Business Review, Conant himself explains his management strategy as a marriage of “tough-minded performance standards with tender-heartedness.”
    Conant was an inspiration to Janice Kaplan, the journalist who studied gratitude for her New York Times bestseller “The Gratitude Diaries.” She found that Conant’s enthusiasm for thanking employees is not shared by many executives — and they’re missing out:

    “As I was researching this book, I heard over and over from executives the line, ‘Hey, we say thank you with a paycheck.’ Well, guess what? You don’t say Thank You with a paycheck. You say ‘I’m paying you’ with a paycheck. You say Thank You with Thank You.”

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