• 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 soon! 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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  • 5 Tips to Find Your Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

    Tips on finding the perfect Thanksgiving turkey by "Living" MagazineBy mid-October, the supermarket checkout aisle is full of magazine covers, each boasting a glorious, burnished brown Thanksgiving turkey — so juicy and tempting, you can almost smell the savory aroma while you dig out your debit card.
    And indeed, it’s not too soon to start thinking about stuffing (should it have bacon this year? Probably!), your other side dishes — and of course, the holiday centerpiece: a beautifully roasted turkey.
    Before you choose a bird, check out these five tips to keep in mind as you plan your holiday meal, whether you’re serving 25 assorted aunts, uncles, and cousins or a simple Thanksgiving turkey feast for two.

    1. Know What You’re Getting: Master This Basic Turkey Terminology

    Turkey seems straightforward enough — but the wealth of options available today can confuse shoppers who aren’t sure what they want or what certain labels mean. Here’s a quick glossary to cover the main points*:

    Free-range turkeys from Bell Evans

    Free-range turkeys from Bell & Evans, a brand widely available east of the Mississippi, scored best in an Epicurious taste test. Photo from Serious Eats.

    Free-Range
    As Americans become more aware of the often harsh conditions in which commercial poultry are raised, many are choosing free-range turkeys over better-known name brands. Under USDA standards, free-range birds must have access to the outdoors while they are raised (instead of being crammed into overcrowded farm facilities). Along with other advocates of free-range turkeys, the regional farmers who raise them say the birds are of higher quality than their commercially processed counterparts, because their diets are more varied (improving the flavor of their meat) and they get more exercise (improving their texture).

    Heritage
    What are heritage turkeys? These unusual breeds were once common in America, but fell out of favor as growers concentrated on the specially bred, big-breasted birds preferred by consumers (typically the Broad Breasted White turkey). Heritage varieties include Narragansett, American Bronze, Jersey Buff, and Bourbon Red.

    Per the Splendid Table, heritage turkeys generally offer less breast meat and a stronger flavor than a conventional Thanksgiving turkey. As a result of the latter point, some expert cooks recommend not brining heritage birds, as doing so just wipes out their unique flavor.
    Natural
    By federal regulation, a turkey labeled “natural” may not contain artificial flavorings, coloring, or chemical preservatives. The natural label also means the bird hasn’t been fed animal byproducts or given growth promotants or antibiotics (except for parasite control). Forbes writer Beth Hoffman says the last point alone makes natural turkeys worth it: “If we can stop the run away use of antibiotics in raising livestock and poultry, it is worth a few extra cents a pound to do it.”
    Natural turkeys must also be minimally processed, meaning they have only been handled as necessary to slaughter, clean, and make them ready for human consumption. Note that a “natural” designation doesn’t have to be free-range, and that “natural” isn’t the same as…
    Organic
    Organic turkeys are free-range birds that have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics, and were given pesticide-free feed. Consumer Reports agrees with Hoffman that the lack of antibiotics is in itself a good reason to go organic. Whether organic birds taste noticeably better is up for debate and presumably highly subjective; in 2011, a representative from the World Society for the Protection of Animals said that “While some studies have been conducted on the taste of meat from organically-raised turkeys versus meat from intensively raised animals, to my knowledge they have not been conclusive.” And Mic in 2017 pointed out that the “organic” label is not a guarantee that meat is healthier or was raised and processed under more humane conditions.
    Kosher
    Quite simply, kosher turkeys are prepared under rabbinical supervision according to Jewish dietary law. While alive, these turkeys are given no antibiotics and fed a vegetarian diet, Epicurious says. Then they’re covered with kosher salt and rinsed repeatedly in cold water. This can make for a juicier, tastier bird, but, as Tablet notes, the process also means kosher turkeys are usually not entirely plucked before they’re sold, which can be a pain. The general sentiment is that you shouldn’t brine a kosher turkey, because they’re already salty enough, but Joan Nathan pushes back on that here, noting that she and her friends agree the kosher turkeys of today are less salty than they used to be.
    Self-basting
    A self-basting turkey is injected with a solution to improve the flavor and juiciness of the meat. Some manufacturers treat only the breast meat, while others inject the entire bird. The label must say “basted” or “self-basted” and must list the amount and names of the ingredients used in the basting solution. (Remember, the net weight of the turkey includes the weight added by the solution — so you could be paying more for less meat. Cook’s Info says: “The solution injected will constitute 6 to 9 % of the weight that you are paying for.”) Generally speaking, you do not need to brine a self-basting turkey yourself before cooking (which saves time). If you prefer to use your own brine solution, read the packaging closely to ensure your Thanksgiving centerpiece isn’t already basted.
    Fully cooked
    As stated, a fully cooked whole turkey has been precooked and frozen by the processor. After thawing, it can be reheated (or served cold), which takes much less time than cooking a raw bird. Note, though: You can’t stuff a fully cooked turkey, as the dish isn’t in the oven long enough.
    Young
    A “young” turkey is a turkey of either sex that is less than 8 months old at the time of slaughter. Most turkeys reach market maturity at 4-5 months of age. As Berkeley Wellness says, “Most of the turkeys found on the market are young and will have tender meat.”
    Hen vs. tom
    Turkeys weighing 8-16 pounds are usually female (hens), while larger birds are male (toms). Since supermarket turkeys are normally slaughtered young, both hens and toms should be about the same in terms of taste, juiciness, and tenderness — so don’t fret too much over the sex of your bird. (That said, Berkeley Wellness notes that some cooks claim toms are tastier, and some say you’ll get more white meat on a hen.)

    As you might guess, the further you get from name-brand commercial turkeys, the more you’re likely to pay. Heritage and organic turkeys can be pricey. If you’re searching for something less expensive, consider Amish turkeys (which are generally natural and hormone-free) or free-range birds. (For a real deep dive on turkey prices, the USDA has information for you.)
    *As this NPR article from 2015 makes clear, a number of these labels are not quite as clear-cut as we wish they were!

    2. To Get the Right Size, Buy a Pound Per Person (or More)

    Traditional Thanksgiving holiday in the USA, with family preparing turkey and gathering around the table.

    Here’s a simple formula: Get 1 pound of Thanksgiving turkey for each adult you’re serving, and half a pound per child. So if you’ve got 10 adults coming and four kids, you’ll want at least a 12-pound bird. If you’re inviting big eaters or counting on plenty of leftovers, make it 1.5 pounds per adult. (For creative recipes for your excess meat, check out “Thanksgiving Leftovers: Five Fresh Ideas.”)
    Once you hit the 16-pound mark, you can be less strict, as birds that big have a better ratio of meat to bone — e.g., a 20-pound turkey will serve 14 people just fine and yield plenty of leftovers.

    3. For Many People, Frozen Beats Fresh

    As a rule, fresh food sounds better than frozen. But turkey is different. The term “fresh” applies to raw poultry that has never been stored below 26°F. Poultry held at 0°F or below must be labeled “frozen.” (Turkeys stored between 1°F and 25°F don’t have an official name, but are often labeled “refrigerated,” “hard-chilled,” or “previously frozen.”)
    In other words, “fresh” only describes a turkey’s temperature from the time it was processed. It has nothing to do with how long it’s been sitting at the store.
    If you are curious about how fresh turkeys fared in an Epicurious taste test of supermarket brand turkeys, the Bell & Evans’ fresh turkey review was the most positive, earning an Epi Top Pick stamp of approval.
    And while some cooks rave about a fresh Thanksgiving turkey straight from the farm, in a Cook’s Illustrated taste test, frozen turkeys were rated more moist and tender than fresh birds.
    So we recommend buying a frozen Thanksgiving turkey, as long you have the time and the fridge space to thaw it safely — a 15-pound turkey will take about three full days to thaw.

    4. Decide on Your Recipe Before Shopping

    Your recipe’s success can depend on the type of Thanksgiving turkey you choose. For instance, if you’re experimenting with an unusual brine or exotic seasonings, you probably don’t want a self-basting bird. Or if you’re planning to grill your turkey, you’ll want to be sure it’s not too big. (You also might want to consider asking your butcher to spatchcock it — remove the backbone — for you. This is an excellent method for roasting, too.) So go in to your turkey purchase with an idea of what you’d like to do.

    5. Lock Down Special Turkeys ASAP

    Plan ahead to leave enough time to defrost your frozen Thanksgiving turkeyIf you want a free-range, organic, or heritage bird as your Thanksgiving turkey, it’s not a bad idea to start planning in mid-October. (If you use a digital calendar, go set an annual reminder right now!) Local co-ops and groceries often begin reserving turkeys a few weeks in advance, and family farms like to know even sooner. You’re better off checking in early than missing the rush. And even if you’re just getting a regular frozen commercial bird, make sure you buy it far enough in advance (usually 3-5 days before Thanksgiving) that it has time to thaw.


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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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  • 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

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    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?

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    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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  • 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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  • Bring Your Gratitude: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Work

    Share your gratitude and celebrate Thanksgiving at work

    At work this holiday? Throw a Thanksgiving party and 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 the holiday at work isn’t where most of us expect to be this family-centric celebration, of course. But with the right attitude and activities, sharing Thanksgiving with colleagues is an opportunity to highlight workplace gratitude and celebrate 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 in the office, 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

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    “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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  • Engage Your Workforce with Thanksgiving Turkey Gifts for Employees

    For generations, Thanksgiving turkey gifts for employees have been a workplace tradition.
    Since businesses started the practice more than a century ago, it’s grown and spread across industries and into workplaces small and large. It’s endured from the industrial age into the digital age.
    Now, the latest research in employee engagement shows exactly why the turkey gift tradition is so enduring.
    Engaged employees have one big factor in common: they receive more recognition and effective feedback from their managers, according to research analyzed this week by HR Dive.
    Positive, effective recognition accompanied by a meaningful token of gratitude shows employees you care. And knowing your work matters is the driving force of engagement!

    More Engaged, Easier for You!

    Thanksgiving turkey gifts for employees still send an effective, thoughtful message of recognition. The only difference now from a century ago? They’re easier for you to share!
    The turkey gift tradition used to involve actual frozen turkeys — and that came with the hassle of buying, storing and distributing bulky frozen birds. Now you can let employees choose the right size turkey for their family, when they want it.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates (and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates) make it easy for you to share your Thanksgiving turkey gift for employees. Recipients love the flexibility to choose the size, brand and preparation they want as the centerpiece of their holiday family celebration. That’s because gThankYou! Gift Certificates are good for any brand of merchandise specified and can be redeemed nationally at virtually all major grocery chain stores.
    Download our Product Guide to learn more about easy, affordable employee Thanksgiving turkey gifts for employees from gThankYou! To learn more about our customizing and delivery options for large orders, call us at 888-484-1658.
    Read on for more research on the connection between recognition and engagement and on why gThankYou is America’s Favorite Thanksgiving Turkey Gift for Employees™.
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  • Boo! Plan Now for Halloween Team Building

    Take advantage of a favorite holiday and invest in halloween team building fun!

    Halloween team building is employee engagement at its best. Have fun! (Photo via r0sss, Flickr)


    Halloween is less than two weeks away! Are you ready? Make it easy on yourself this year. Plan ahead for a workplace celebration that energizes employees with Halloween team building.
    Games, a costume parade, themed potluck, or contest for best office decoration — Halloween team building activities turn the focus on play, laughter and connecting with coworkers.
    Play is a powerful tool to increase creativity and strengthen relationships. Employees will return to work with renewed enthusiasm and better ideas.
    Halloween team building is employee engagement at its best: affordable, collaborative and refreshing.
    Need another great reason to celebrate Halloween in the workplace? People love Halloween. According to a Harris Poll, it ranks third among U.S. adults for favorite holiday. (Christmas and Thanksgiving come in at #1 and #2, respectively, but Halloween outranks the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and even “my birthday”!)
    Read on for advice and inspiration to help you plan for a successful day of Halloween team building in your workplace.
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  • Testimonial: 'Importance of Giving Employees a Thanksgiving Turkey'

    Why it's important to give employees a Thanksgiving turkey gift.

    “On the Wednesday before every Thanksgiving, Dad would come home from work with a nice, big turkey.” — Lisa


    Last week we asked our gThankYou email subscribers to answer the question, Why is it important to give employees a Thanksgiving turkey?
    We entered the respondents in our giveaway of Melanie Kirkpatrick’s new book, “Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience.”
    Lots of great responses came in, but one in particular stood out. It came from Lisa, an administrative assistant in California.
    Lisa’s heartfelt reflection on the employee turkey gift tradition goes back to her childhood. It’s about a lesson in appreciation she learned from her father and his boss. She’s been kind enough to allow us to share her story with you, our Celebrating Work blog readers!
    The holiday season is the perfect time to honor your team’s hard work and dedication with the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. But don’t take our word for it. Read on for Lisa’s story on why it’s important to give employees a Thanksgiving turkey.
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  • Happy National Custodial Workers Recognition Day!

    How will you celebrate custodial workers recognition day?

    Give your custodial staff the thanks they deserve on National Custodial Workers Recognition Day, Oct. 2. (Photo via San Marcos CISD)


    Happy National Custodial Workers Recognition Day! Held every Oct. 2, it’s a celebration of the people who keep our buildings cleaned, maintained, safe and ready for daily activity.
    Every workplace needs custodians. Custodial workers are ubiquitous, yet they’re often the least seen or recognized employees of a company.

    “More than 23 million custodians in the United States work behind the scenes, clean up our messes, and usually go unnoticed,” according to an ABC news story. National Custodial Workers Recognition Day is a way to highlight “their sometimes thankless job.”
    In another ABC story on National Custodial Workers Recognition Day, one custodian says his team’s work is rarely noticed until something goes wrong.
    “If something’s wrong, they hear about it. If something’s right, they usually don’t get that pleasure of hearing ‘Thank You,'” he says.
    Read on for quick recognition ideas to show your gratitude and celebrate National Custodial Workers Recognition Day. Your custodial staff will appreciate the attention!
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  • The Ultimate Butterball Turkey Gift – Easy, Affordable, Loved

    What’s the ultimate Butterball® Turkey Gift? Giving recipients the choice of any brand of turkey, and the ease and flexibility of gThankYou! Gift CertificatesAmerica’s Favorite Employee Gift Certificate™!
    What makes the best Butterball Turkey Gift? gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates good for ANY Brand turkey.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any Brand and preparation of whole turkey — Butterball®, Norbest®, Smithfield® or any other brand from major grocery chain stores in the U.S.
    Recipients choose the turkey that they want, when and where they like to shop! gThankYou Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons that are redeemed at checkout like other cents-off coupons.
    Looking for even more choice with your Butterball turkey gift? Select gThankYou! Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates, redeemable for either a whole turkey or a half or whole ham. A perfect gift for the holiday season. No wonder gThankYou is America’s Favorite Employee Gift Certificate™!
    gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude are available in amounts from $5 to $30. Simply choose the Certificate value that fits your needs and budget. Unlike gift cards or Butterball® Gift Checks, gThankYou Certificates are only for a specific item (such as a whole turkey), have an expiration date and provide no cash or residual value.
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    And, with gThankYou, you receive Certificate personalization and holiday Enclosure Cards for your personal message of thanks and organization logo (if desired) – all FREE!
    truckimgInterested in learning about our large-volume discounts? Call 888-484-1658.
    Order today and receive your order as fast as the next morning. All orders ship same day or we ship to the delivery date you want.
    Need more reasons to share gThankYou! Gift Certificates with your employees this holiday season? Read on!
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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 Recipient and Giver names (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.