• Employee Appreciation for a Multigenerational Workforce

    Employee appreciation for a multigenerational workforce

    The best employee appreciation for a multigenerational workforce promotes cross-generational understanding. (Photo via ufv, Flickr)

    Targeted techniques for engaging Millennial or Gen Z employees are helpful but don’t fully reflect the reality — the need for employee appreciation for a multigenerational workforce.
    “If you walk into any office or firm, on any given day, you’ll find Baby Boomers on the cusp of retirement working side by side with Generation Xers staking out new leadership roles and Millennials eager to make their mark,” writes columnist Deanna Arteaga.
    Ensuring that your employee appreciation accounts for all ages and generations helps foster a workplace-wide culture of gratitude.
    It can also help avoid serious issues like agism in the workplace, an issue for older workers especially, according to Financial Times.
    As one 52-year-old recalls of working in a tech start-up where the average age was 26, “I had this really big blog, I was internet famous, I had developed a TV show and worked in Hollywood, and they were like, ‘Wow, you can use Twitter?‘”
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  • Workplace Friendships Drive Great Organizational Culture

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    Workplace friendships help better communication, collaboration and creativity. (Photo via livedowntowngames, Flickr)

    Workplace friendships used to be commonplace.
    Now workplace experts say they’re beginning to make a comeback, particularly among men — and that’s good news for organizational culture.
    With World Friendship Day coming up on August 6, take a moment to consider the important role of workplace friendships at your company. It’s a great time to plan low-key but engaging activities that celebrate friendships among employees and coworkers.
    Workplace friendships don’t have to come at the expense of meeting work goals, according to Fast Company.
    One study showed that “skipping the small talk and focusing on self-disclosure and nonwork-related topics can forge a closeness that makes coworkers more collaborative, productive, and accountable.”
    Discussing success with colleagues is motivational, another study found. These are workplace conversations that can only happen in a culture that values and supports friendships.
    Social and economic factors over the last 50 years have pushed Americans toward a workplace culture that devalues friendship and focuses at any cost on “getting down to business.”
    The cost of this shift has left us with record-low employee engagement — still around 30 percent, according to Gallup. But there are signs the culture is shifting back. Workplace friendships could once again be the norm.
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  • The Secret to a Better Holiday Turkey Gift Program

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    Let gThankYou help simplify your holiday turkey gift program planning — we’re experts in employee gift-giving!

    Time.
    It’s one of the main reasons managers give for not thanking employees.
    I just don’t have the time.
    That’s a shame, because in the long run a robust employee appreciation program actually saves time. Employees who feel appreciated are more productive, and retention goes up.
    This is especially true at the holidays, when time is at a premium.
    Don’t let a time crunch keep your company from having a great holiday turkey gift program! Begin your planning now.
    gThankYou makes it easy to share the gift of a Thanksgiving Turkey with Gift Certificates for any brand, any preparation of whole turkey, redeemable nationally at major grocery stores.
    August is the ideal time to start planning your Thanksgiving turkey gifts.
    If you plan now, the logistics will be taken care of — and you’ll have time to focus on what’s really important: sharing your Thanksgiving turkey gifts with a meaningful, thoughtful message of gratitude.
    The sooner you have your program logistics in place, the more time you’ll have this holiday season for augmenting your holiday turkey gift program with personalized greetings, holiday parties and seasonal employee engagement activities.
    And at the heart of it, you’ll be sharing a gift that evokes gratitude, family togetherness and the joy of the season. A turkey centerpiece is the perfect gift to share your workplace holiday gratitude! It’s a meaningful yet practical gift that everyone values and appreciates. Find out why turkeys have been given as employee gifts for over a century in “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays”.
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  • Quick Engagement Idea: Late-Summer Employee Cookout

    Jump start engagement with a late-summer employee cookout!

    Boost engagement in August with an employee cookout or picnic. (Photo via Cellular One IL, Flickr)

    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.
    Why now?
    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.
    “Summer barbecues are a must,” Entrepreneur’s Zeynep Ilgaz writes.
    An employee cookout is affordable and straightforward to plan, and a low-investment, high-yield activity when done right.
    Employees enjoy the break from routine and the chance to bond with coworkers and management in a social setting — then return to work rejuvenated and refocused. Everyone wins!
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  • How to Nurture a Sense of Workplace Belonging

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    Nurturing a sense of belonging in the workplace is essential for productive workplace culture. (Photo via Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, Flickr)

    What are we really talking about when we say “employee engagement”? A workforce that shares a sense of belonging in the workplace, for starters.
    This is the new evolution of engagement: really drilling down to core concepts to better understand business jargon.
    “Engagement is, as I like to joke, a six-dollar word that consultants say when people like what they do and want to come to work everyday,” executive coach and educator John Baldoni writes in a Forbes column on developing engagement.
    When an employee has a sense of belonging in the workplace, it “connotes ownership,” Baldoni writes.
    “You belong therefore you own. Not property but something more meaningful. You own responsibility. You have a sense of autonomy that enables you to act for the good of the organization. Not because you have to, but because you want to.”
    The IBM/Globoforce “Employee Engagement Index” measures belonging first among the “five key tenets” of a positive employee experience. It defines sense of belonging in the workplace as “feeling part of a team, group or organization.”
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  • What’s Trending in Workplace Gratitude?

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    What’s trending? More workplace gratitude! (Image via FutUndBeidl, Flickr)

    As the value of workplace gratitude gets more recognition, leaders are exploring its impact and studying how to better implement it.
    The power of a positive, appreciation-driven culture is clear.
    Employees at organizations with positive cultures scored significantly higher scores in leadership caring, confidence and listening, a CultureIQ poll found.
    The research shows that gratitude is what employees need to thrive. In one survey, 58 percent of employees said recognition is how leaders could do more to improve engagement. In another study, 69 percent of employees say they’d work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated.
    “When more than half your staff wants the same thing, you listen,” B2C’s Michael Heller writes.
    Companies are listening. More and more HR departments are deploying recognition and gratitude as engagement strategies. The majority see their employee recognition programs as a worthwhile investment, according to the latest WorldAtWork research.
    Emerging from all this buzz around workplace gratitude are best practices for employee appreciation and, ultimately, cultural change.
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  • Want a Happier Workplace? Practice Employee Gratitude

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    Employee gratitude is the shortcut to workplace happiness. (Photo via Nogran, Flickr)

    What comes first, employee gratitude or employee happiness?
    Gratitude!
    We can “live for days on just a little gratitude,” as this adorable Gaping Void art illustrates.
    It’s tempting to let perfectionism and “happiness-chasing” get in the way of actual workplace happiness.
    Recall all the times you’ve thought to yourself, We’ll be happy as soon as we get through this project, or My team needs get better at A, B and C — then we’ll be happy!
    Those parameters for happiness keep shifting away, just beyond reach. It’s a trap.
    Break the cycle! Practicing gratitude is a shortcut to happiness, and it’s a practice you can start today with employees.
    The secret to a happier workplace really is gratitude. Are your employees hearing frequent appreciation? Are they empowered to share their own gratitude? Is gratitude part of the company mission as well as daily life?
    Read on for a primer on employee gratitude essentials. Later this week, look for a followup blog post here on the latest thinking and trends in workplace gratitude.
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  • Savvy HR: Training Managers in Employee Appreciation

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    Training managers in employee appreciation gives your company a competitive advantage. (Photo via Kevin Dooley, Flickr)

    Training managers in employee appreciation ensures the success of your workplace recognition efforts and protects your business. It also solves a common organizational problem: employees who don’t understand manager directives.
    “Simply put, almost two-thirds of all employees are 33 percent as productive as they can be because they don’t understand what they are now asked to do,” according to a survey of 50,000 employees.
    Understanding and appreciation are codependent.
    “Training and educating employees in company values and objectives in a way that makes sense to them — through their daily work — is a mission-critical goal for organizations today,” Derek Irvine writes for Training Industry.
    “Strategic employee recognition is the most effective method for achieving that goal,” he adds.
    And it goes beyond simply thanking employees at the annual office party. Truly effective employee appreciation is not always self-explanatory or obvious. It’s a learned skill.
    The best appreciation combines clear, mission-driven communication, smart analytics, year-round development and strategic gifts and praise.
    Training managers in this level of employee appreciation isn’t just good for employees and productivity. It’s good for managers. It shows the company is willing to invest in their development.
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  • The Ice Cream Gift Your Employees Are Craving

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    An ice cream gift is the perfect way to treat your staff this summer! (Photo via sussexcareers, Flickr)

    National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, July 16! What better time to share an ice cream gift with your employees?
    Bring a little summer into your workplace with an ice cream gift employees will appreciate and enjoy sharing with friends and family.
    gThankYou! Ice Cream Gift Certificates allow you to share a fun, cool treat with staff anytime! Share an unexpected gift of appreciation, stock up your “on-the-spot” reward supplies, or throw and ice cream party and send virtual workers ice cream gift certificates so they can participate in the fun too!

    An ice cream gift voucher by gThankYou is redeemable at virtually all chain grocery stores nationwide for any brand, flavor or style of ice cream or frozen novelty.
    That means your recipients get to enjoy exactly the kind of ice cream they like best: chocolate chip cookie dough, Neapolitan, coffee, pistachio, good old vanilla, perhaps a dairy-free frozen treat, or one of the trending ice creams that are hot this summer.
    Or they can take the “What Ice Cream Flavor Are You?” quiz for inspiration — a very scientific inquiry, naturally.
    National Ice Cream Day is always the third Sunday in July. If one day of the year just isn’t enough to do justice to your team’s love of ice cream, no worries. You have all month to celebrate, because July is National Ice Cream Month!
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  • Employee Thank You Gifts for Generation Z

    Employee Thank You Gifts for Generation Z!

    Meet the high expectations of your interns and youngest employees with employee Thank You gifts they’ll appreciate. (Photo via Maryland GovPics, Flickr)

    Every generation in the workplace appreciates employee Thank You gifts, and Generation Z is no exception — in fact, showing appreciation is even more crucial to engaging these young people.
    Several characteristics are emerging in the generation born after 1995: they have high expectations, they’re practical and they’re in a position to influence the workplace for years.
    The oldest members of Generation Z are graduating college now, so this is the year “Generation Z starts flooding workplaces,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and it’s happening “at the same time that there is a tight labor force.”
    Like Millennials, the Generation Z cohort cares about the environment and wants to have a passion for work.
    But today’s recent college graduates also saw, at an impressionable age, the effects of the Great Recession on their families.
    According to social scientists who study generational patterns, experiencing the recession at a young age created a generation of young people with entrepreneurial spirit and a practical appreciation of pay, benefits and mentoring possibilities.
    And there’s a lot of them.
    “Gen Z is larger than Generation Y, which has already made workplaces more entrepreneurial and pushed work/life flexibility issues more than ever before,” the Star Tribune’s Catherine Roberts writes. “That means these young adults will have an outsized influence on workplace culture for years to come.”
    What does this mean for your company’s approach to employee appreciation and employee Thank You gifts? You’ll need a strong appreciation program to usher them into the workplace and keep them engaged. As your organization begins to hire interns and new employees from Generation Z, be prepared!
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  • 10 Summertime Workplace Celebration Ideas

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    Be inspired by our summertime workplace celebration ideas to plan your own employee appreciation event! Pictured here: the City of North Charleston honoring its Public Works employees with a cookout. (Photo via NorthCharleston, Flickr)

    The 4th of July is behind us. Up ahead: two months of summer — sunny, lazy, distracting summer, with vacation days and “summer Fridays” tempting employees at every turn.
    In other words? A recipe for disengagement. And your task is keeping employees engaged.
    It’s not as tough as you may think! Keeping up engagement levels through the summer months depends on a good balance that integrates fun, freedom, fitness and focus.
    If employees have opportunities for regular, low-key summertime celebrations that center on accomplishments, family and wellness, they’ll be more likely to be productive the rest of the time.
    This is the thinking behind the HR shift from “work-life balance” to “work-life integration,” according to the Limeade blog post “How to Keep Your Work-Life Integration On Track This Summer.”
    “We believe you need to focus on the whole employee, rather than separating who they are in the office and who they are at home,” the Limeade marketing team writes.
    “And it’s your job to find ways to connect and integrate the two. … Work-life balance implies a zero-sum game that says we can’t have it all. Work-life integration lets us coordinate, blend and bring elements of work and life into a unified whole.”
    Employees in organizations that focus on work-life integration initiatives like social support and wellbeing are more likely to be engaged, more likely to recommend their employer to others and more likely to “go the extra mile” for the company.
    Now’s not the time to pull out draconian rules or punish employees for wanting to enjoy their summer — that’s the old way of doing things and it didn’t work.
    Instead, be inspired by the following summertime workplace celebration ideas to plan your own engagement calendar for the season.
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  • Summertime Appreciation: Ice Cream Vouchers

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    Give the summertime appreciation gifts everyone will love: gift certificates for ice cream! (Photo via sharisberries, Flickr)

    Summertime appreciation gifts keep employees engaged through the distractions of the season.
    “Savvy companies maintain staff productivity and morale by embracing summer in the workplace,” says Brandi Britton of staffing firm OfficeTeam, which recently released survey results on what employees want most for summer engagement.
    The ability to leave the office early on Friday afternoons — “summer Fridays” — is a popular perk for employees this year.
    But showing appreciation with schedule flexibility just doesn’t work in all businesses and industries.
    “For those in the hospitality, construction, recreation and outdoor industries, the summer is actually a very busy season, so these workers have no time to be distracted by the lure of lazy summer days,” according to the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah.
    Many manufacturers, mom-and-pop shops and other small business owners must work nonstop through the summer months, too.
    So what’s the best way to thank busy employees in the summer?
    A dental clinic office manager tells the Daily Herald says she boosts employee morale with little treats throughout the season.
    “It can be as simple as bringing my team lunch one day, or having a candy bar for an employee who is having a tough time. I like to do those little things as pick-me-ups,” she says.
    gThankYou! Ice Cream Gift CertificatesIce cream gift certificates from gThankYou fit the bill perfectly as employee “pick-me-ups”! Everyone loves the cool treat of ice cream in the summer months, and gThankYou! Ice Cream Gift Certificates make it convenient and affordable to share this summertime token of appreciation.
    gThankYou! Ice Cream Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any brand of ice cream at major grocery chain stores in the U.S. Read on for why an ice cream gift is such a favorite summertime choice in the workplace!

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  • How Organizational Storytelling Boosts Employee Loyalty

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    How do you tell the story of your company? Organizational storytelling is key to better employee retention. (Photo via ITU Pictures, Flickr)

    Data, numbers, graphs and percentages only go so far in engaging with employees and customers. Organizational storytelling fills in the gaps and actually connects with people. It provides the emotional context for why the organization does what it does.
    Tony Hsieh, CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos, has “a mental pantry of stories at his ready” to explain his company and business philosophies, according to Chief Executive magazine.
    “It’s possible for a leader to have a grand vision, but it’s not possible to turn that vision into reality unless countless others adopt it as their own and work tirelessly in concert to achieve it,” Chief Executive’s Bill Baker writes.
    Inspiring others requires good storytelling.
    Support your stories with data when necessary, of course. Data is an essential resource. But six months from now, what people will remember most clearly is the story, not the data.
    “When just about every fact on the planet is but one mouse click away, stories take on new importance in every business enterprise. From leadership to team building to branding to knowledge management, narrative has become a powerful — and essential — tool,” Daniel Pink writes in his New York Times bestseller, “A Whole New Mind.”
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  • Building Great Workplace Culture Through Public Service

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    Celebrate volunteerism on Public Service Day, June 23! It’s an opportunity for building great workplace culture with your team. (Photo via Rocco Rossi, Flickr)

    Building great workplace culture doesn’t just happen inside the workplace. Sometimes going out into the community with your team is the best way to strengthen company culture.
    The United Nations’ Public Service Day is June 23, and it’s an opportunity for this kind of culture-building community outreach.
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describes Public Service Day as a celebration of the individuals and organizations dedicated to “serving people and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.”
    What does serving the public good have to do with building great workplace culture? A lot, it turns out.
    A 2017 study from Deloitte revealed that employers who encourage and promote volunteering have better morale, workplace atmosphere and brand perception.
    Community involvement and public service are what employees want.
    Among the 1,000 employees Deloitte surveyed, 70 percent believe volunteer activities are more likely to boost staff morale than company-sponsored happy hours. More than three-quarters say volunteering is essential to employee wellbeing.
    Yet, according to Deloitte, most companies aren’t cashing in on these potential benefits. Less than 40 percent of employees surveyed said their employers provide access to company-sponsored or coordinated volunteer programs.
    “Employers have an opportunity to build on their volunteerism programs by creating a culture that celebrates volunteering and empowers volunteers to be more active,” Deloitte’s Doug Marshall tells Business News Daily.
    Start now on Public Service Day! Workplace volunteerism and showing gratitude to public servants are well-recognized for building great workplace culture.
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  • 4th of July Employee Appreciation Gifts Your Staff Will Love

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    4th of July employee appreciation gifts are the perfect summertime “Thank You” for your staff. Be sure to include the whole family in your celebration! (Photo via usembassyta, Flickr)

    Employee appreciation gifts for the 4th of July are the perfect summertime “Thank You.” Delight the whole family with gift certificates for ice cream, pie, or turkey or ham from gThankYou.
    It’s the perfect way to augment this summer’s hottest employee perk.
    “Summer Fridays” are all the rage this year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
    One manager tells Businessweek she decided to join the trend and formally give her employees Friday afternoons off all summer because it just makes sense.
    “In the summer, we’re so happy to get out early and enjoy an ice cream. It’s not life changing but it’s so much fun to be able to get out of the office at 2 p.m.,” she says.
    Giving employees a gift certificate for that ice cream — or for a turkey or ham to grill over the weekend, or pie to bring to their family 4th of July picnic — is an added token of gratitude they’ll love.
    gThankYou Gift Certificates make it easy, convenient and affordable to share grocery treats with employees this summer!
    And it’s not too late to order in time for the 4th of July.
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  • 7 Employee Engagement Books to Read

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    Put a few employee engagement books on your reading list this summer for fresh ideas and perspectives. (Photo via byrawpixel, Flickr)

    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 American companies.
    In an interview with Business Management Daily, he calls engagement “one of the secrets behind so many of my companies.”
    Yet it’s surprisingly rare.
    “Only about one-third of the workforce is truly engaged at work, and we’ve been stuck at this number for about two decades. This is really a shame as life is too short to be unhappy at work,” Kruse says.
    In short, effective engagement leads to a workforce that cares.
    “A sales person who truly cares about organizational results will sell just as hard on a Friday afternoon as she would on a Monday,” Kruse explains. “An engaged service rep will be just as patient and helpful at 4:59 p.m. as he would be at 9:00 a.m. An engaged factory worker will yank the cord to stop the line every single time a defect is noticed.”
    Want to see this level of passion and caring at your company? Make it a goal to read one or more of these employee engagement books, based on decades of experience and research into building vibrant, engaged workplace culture.
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  • Employee Welcome Gifts Help Your Company

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    Hang out your “welcome” sign! Welcome gifts for new hires and interns builds workplace gratitude from day one. (Photo via Bob Duran, Flickr)

    Employee welcome gifts for new hires and interns send a message from day one that your company values and appreciates its staff.
    Welcome gifts show your company is ready and excited for their contributions.
    At the San Francisco office of ad agency DDB, new employees on their first day are chauffeured to work in a Town Car. Flowers, a hoodie and a water bottle greet them at their desk.
    Plus, all new hires at DDB get a gift card to a local coffee shop where they can get to know their new coworkers.
    From the get-go, DDB is sending a welcoming message: We’re glad you’re here. Come and join us!
    First days on the job are nerve-wracking. Make it easier on your new hires with employee welcome gifts. And don’t forget your summer interns — give them the very best first impression of the “real world” and why they should consider working for you.
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  • Sharing Appreciation: The Heart of National Doughnut Day!

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    Grab a doughnut! National Doughnut Day is the sweetest way to show employee appreciation. (Photo via Edwin Tee, Flickr)

    Sharing appreciation couldn’t be sweeter — share a doughnut today with colleagues, customers and friends! It’s National Doughnut Day — always the first Friday of June.
    There’s a doughnut for everybody. Doughnuts are the most “craveable” treat in America.
    Give your employee appreciation program a little boost to kick off the summer season — bring in doughnuts to share with your team.
    Or turn the day into a fun opportunity for community outreach. Doughnut shops like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts always give away freebies on National Doughnut Day, so why not bring the celebration to those who are homebound and hand out doughnuts with your team at a local nursing home?
    Be sure to post photos of your celebration to company social media accounts using the hashtags #NationalDoughnutDay and #GivingIsSweet.
    Not that we need a reason to celebrate National Doughnut Day, but it turns out that among the unofficial food holidays we love, it’s “one of the more legitimate food holidays out there.”
    The history behind National Doughnut Day is pretty interesting, too.
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  • It’s Say Something Nice Day – Spread Workplace Gratitude!

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    Workplace gratitude spreads through small, everyday acts of kindness. Spread workplace gratitude in your place of work June 1 to celebrate Say Something Nice Day! It’s an easy opportunity to take time to engage with staff and share your appreciation.
    Saying something nice to employees (and doing it well) isn’t a squishy soft skill without hard benefits. It’s a critical aspect of leadership and business success.
    Even a quick look at recent headlines shows that civility, positivity and gratitude are sorely lacking in the workplace today.
    “Does HR Have a ‘Humanity’ Problem?” — that was the question an HR Dive headline posed earlier this week. It was prompted in part by the BackChannel essay, “Human Resources Isn’t About Humans.”
    The title of the BackChannel essay is tongue-in-cheek. In fact, author Karen Wickre argues, HR is about humans — or it should be. She makes suggestions for how HR professionals can cultivate a more humane workplace.
    She calls for an investment in emotional intelligence training and managers who consistently lead by example day in and day out. All employees need to get the message “that their culture rewards empathy and social skills.”
    People who are empathetic, inclusive and employ people skills to good effect should be recognized for progress and victories when they occur, and this recognition should matter for promotions and new assignments,” she writes.
    HR Dive’s Ryan Golden agrees. Employees need to be acknowledged for doing the right thing, he says: “In the scramble of the day-to-day, good deeds and Good Samaritans often get lost in the sauce. Executives who are serious about creating a pro-social culture won’t shy away from seeking out those stories. Thank You notes are awesome!”
    Thank You notes are awesome, and so is simply saying something nice!
    Sounds great, but you may be wondering … what does “nice” mean in this context? And are some compliments more effective than others?
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  • Engaging Employees in National Safety Month

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

    Marc Flanders, principal at consulting firm WC Solutions Group, sees a common mistake in workplace safety engagement.
    The mistake is in how incentives are targeted, Flanders tells EHS Today. Companies may think they’re checking off all the right boxes by incentivizing safety, then reward the wrong employees.
    “I see some companies put all their budget into the people who are safe for a year,” Flanders says. “I tell them, ‘Wait a minute. You’re spending all your money on the people who are safe. What are you doing to change the behavior of people who aren’t safe?'”
    Successful safety incentives programs need to have an “everybody wins” mentality. After all, a workplace isn’t really safe until everybody is safe.
    That’s why safety incentive programs “should involve everyone in the safety process, starting with top management, going to supervisors, to the employees and to the individuals managing the incentives program,” Flanders says.
    June is National Safety Month. What better time to evaluate and promote your safety program? Engaging employees in National Safety Month is a great way to ensure your program is inclusive and reaching the right employees.

    5 Essentials for Engaging Employees in Safety

    When Marathon Petroleum bought an oil refinery from BP in 2013, it was as if they were buying “the world’s most expensive haunted house,” as Forbes put it.
    The refinery had a history of serious workplace safety catastrophes, the result of what federal investigators described as a “broken safety culture.” Marathon was determined to turn that culture around.
    The problems of the old safety culture were quickly apparent, according to Forbes staffer Christopher Helman. Managers had a “check the box” mentality that put paperwork ahead of actual safety. Workers perceived managers as “too worried about seat belts” and not worried enough about outright disaster.
    Marathon focused on bringing its own safety culture into the refinery. The company started prioritizing maintenance and empowering employees to call out unsafe conditions with a personal responsibility training.
    The success of Marathon’s safety culture was a subject of the Gallup analysis, “Engaged Workplaces Are Safer for Employees.” Here are tips based on the analysis:
    1. Have a strong company mission. A clear, purpose-driven mission “makes employees feel their job is important. … Employees who are aligned with the company’s mission are also more likely to approach their work with thoughtfulness and attention to detail, which contributes to a culture of safety.”
    2. Recognize employees for quality work. “When employees are dedicated to quality, they go the extra mile to do things right the first time.”
    3. Listen to employees. Everyone wins when employees feel that their opinions count. Listen to workers who are closest to the action — “these individuals offer a front-line perspective on organizational problems and often are well-versed in preventing and overcoming them.”
    4. Be responsive to concerns. It isn’t enough to just listen. “When leaders act on the information they receive, it demonstrates to employees that their opinions matter — and it can help companies avoid preventable safety incidents.”
    And, to reiterate …
    5. Incentivize Everyone to be Safe. According to EHS Today, about 80 percent of employees will work safely most of the time, regardless of incentives, and the other 20 percent need an incentive to work safely. That’s why a “one size fits all” rewarding system won’t work. Still, your goals should be inclusive — employee rewards need to incentivize all employees to be safe all the time.

    What’s New for National Safety Month 2017?

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    The National Safety Council has Safety Month resources for home, work and on the road. Discuss on social media with hashtag #KeepEachOtherSafe.

    Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities.
    Each week of National Safety Month has a theme. For 2017, the themes are preventing falls, getting more sleep, preparing for an active shooter and improving ergonomics (“Don’t just sit there!”).
    The National Safety Council has a wealth of resources for engaging employees in National Safety Month, including posters, ready-to-go social media updates and tip sheets in English and Spanish.
    A free webinar on June 22 will explain “the scope of the preventable deaths epidemic” with a look at the latest trends, research and statistics.
    There are also hands-on, low-cost activities to engage and educate employees, such as NSC’s First Aid and CPR trainings (free with discount code NSM2017 when you register between June 1 and June 11).
    Safe+Sound Week, June 12-18, is another chance to promote workplace safety and engage employees in National Safety Month. Led by OSHA and supported by the National Safety Council, Safe+Sound Week “is meant to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.”
    Wishing you a safe (and fun!) month of June. Let’s #KeepEachOtherSafe!

    Free Resource: Your Day-to-Day Employee Engagement Calendar

    We all need inspiration to make employee appreciation a daily habit. gThankYou’s 2017 Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar gives you the tools and inspiration to build a culture of appreciation every day of the year. Be inspired; download yours today, absolutely free.

    “In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru, coach and author

    Here’s to a safe and happy workplace in 2017!
    Guide to Building an Everyday Culture of Appreciation!

    About gThankYou, LLC

    Turkey Gift CertificatesHam Gift Certificates, and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any brand (Turkey, Ham, or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any grocery store in the U.S.
    gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

    To learn more about gThankYou, watch our “About Us” Video and visit gThankYou today!

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    gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-609-2234.

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Order Certificates

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