Unlock the Power of Workplace Gratitude: Welcome to a Culture of Appreciation

Step into the world of exceptional workplace culture, where gratitude, appreciation, and recognition are highly valued and joyously celebrated. Get ready to embark on a transformative journey as we introduce you to our dedicated and inspiring Gratitude in the Workplace blog. Our unwavering mission is to guide you in creating a positive work environment that not only ignites passion but also fosters engagement and drives unprecedented success.

Effortless Navigation: Relevant Categories for Empowering Workplace Culture

Experience seamless navigation as you explore our diverse categories designed to empower your workplace culture. Discover practical insights in Workplace Gifts, where thoughtful gestures and appreciation take center stage. Furthermore, delve into Employee Engagement, Appreciation, and Recognition to enhance connection and satisfaction within your team. Finally, immerse yourself in Celebrations of Gratitude at Work, where you’ll find inspiration for meaningful events, team-building activities, and heartfelt expressions of appreciation.

Workplace Gift Ideas and Where to Buy Them

Uncover a treasure trove of workplace gift ideas that will delight and inspire your employees. From personalized tokens of gratitude to innovative recognition programs, find the perfect gifts that convey your heartfelt appreciation. Moreover, we’ll guide you on where to buy these exceptional gifts, ensuring convenience and quality.

Employee Engagement, Appreciation, and Recognition

Boost employee engagement by fostering a culture of appreciation and recognition. Discover effective strategies to cultivate open communication, strengthen teamwork, and create a supportive work environment. Empower your employees to thrive and contribute their best, resulting in enhanced job satisfaction and overall organizational success.

Celebrations of Gratitude at Work

Infuse your workplace with a spirit of gratitude that transcends holidays and special occasions. Learn about unique and meaningful celebrations to honor your employees and strengthen their bond. From creative team-building activities to heartfelt appreciation initiatives, create an environment where gratitude thrives year-round.

Empowering Leaders: Unleash Your Potential to Create Extraordinary Workplaces

At the core of our remarkable blog resides a passionate team of expert writers and culture enthusiasts. Collectively, we empower you to become an exceptional leader. With practical tips, invaluable guidance, and comprehensive resources, you can build a gratitude-filled company culture that resonates with your employees.

Embark on an exciting journey to unlock the power of workplace gratitude. Our blog serves as your beacon of information and resources, meticulously tailored to meet your unique needs. Together, let us create a profoundly positive work environment that drives success and nurtures well-being. By engaging with our content, you will gain valuable insights and practical strategies to implement transformative practices. So take that crucial first step today and unlock the potential of gratitude in your workplace. Prepare to inspire, motivate, and cultivate a culture of appreciation like never before.



  • How One Company Does ‘Epic’ Employee Engagement

    'Epic' employee engagement

    The software company Epic Systems, located in rural Wisconsin, has a strong employee engagement ethic. (Photo via E. Nekervis, Flickr)

    The software company Epic Systems proves you don’t have to be located in Silicon Valley to attract tech talent or have a vibrant culture of “epic” employee engagement.
    Epic attracts employees from far and wide to its campus situated amid farm fields outside Madison, WI. The company has mushroomed in recent years and now employs more than 9,000.
    Epic has a reputation for good pay, great culture and a quirky, fun-filled campus that provides many on-site amenities to employees.
    A rare interview with Epic founder (more…)

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  • Incentives for Workplace Health & Fitness

    wellness incentives for the workplace

    Reward employees with wellness incentives like gThankYou! Certificates for Groceries or Fruits & Vegetables. (Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr)

    Wellness incentives help reward and encourage healthy employee choices like regular exercise, annual checkups, smoking cessation and nutritious cooking.
    If your company isn’t already using wellness incentives, now’s a great time to start!
    May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, with Employee Health and Fitness Day celebrated the third Wednesday of the month.
    All month, organizations across the country are raising awareness about the benefits of a healthy workplace.
    Healthy employees are better employees.
    A study of more than 20,000 employees at three large, geographically dispersed U.S. companies found (more…)

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  • Show Your Teacher Appreciation In the Workplace!

    Share your teacher appreciation this week!

    Show teacher appreciation in the workplace this week! (Image via NEA.org)

    Your organization doesn’t have to be a school to celebrate teacher appreciation in the workplace this week!
    This is the week to thank all teachers, from classroom teachers to your employee development leaders — anyone who spreads the joy of learning and sharing knowledge in your organization and community.
    Teacher Appreciation Week is underway and continues through Friday, and National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 9. (more…)

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  • 10 Affordable Receptionist Appreciation Ideas

    How will you share your receptionist appreciation this week?

    Your receptionists are the face of your company! Do you have a receptionist appreciation plan for National Receptionists Day? (Photo via Michael Coghlan, Flickr)

    You don’t have to break the budget to show heartfelt receptionist appreciation!
    National Receptionists Day is always the second Wednesday in May.
    First launched in 1991, National Receptionists Day celebrates the role of professional receptionists. It’s a day set aside to recognize and appreciate all the work that receptionists do to help organizations run smoothly.
    Why receptionists? They’re the face of your company. Receptionists are usually the first (and sometimes only) company representative your customers or clients interact with. Often, they’re the first to explain your company’s products or services, or hear feedback. (more…)

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  • It’s Time to Improve Your Employee Development Skills

    Investing in employee development skills is critical.

    Want to improve your employee development skills? First, start an open discussion with staff. (Photo via US Army Corps of Engineers, Flickr)

    New research analysis by Gallup shows only two in 10 employees “strongly agree that their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work.” Are you sure your management team’s employee development skills are working effectively?
    Even if your company is above average at employee development, there’s an “immediate disruption” happening in the workplace that is a game changer for everyone.
    That’s according to Gallup’s new research paper Re-Engineering Performance Management. The old ways of handling employee development and recognition simply aren’t working, the paper explains, and it’s time for HR to reevaluate and overhaul. (more…)

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  • 5 Fun, Easy Employee Activities for Earth Day

    Easy activities for Earth Day - Get everyone involved!

    Plan easy, fun employee activities for Earth Day — such as recycling bottles to raise money for charity like these Cydcor employees are doing! (Photo via Cydcor, Fickr)

    Earth Day is April 22 — did it sneak up on you? No worries, we’ve got last-minute ideas for fun, easy employee activities for Earth Day!
    Everyday employee engagement is built through rewarding, everyday activities. Even the simplest team-building activities can energize and bring people together.
    And celebrating Earth Day in the workplace isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for people, too — and your business, according to USA Today columnist Steve Strauss, a lawyer specializing in small business and entrepreneurship.
    Some benefits are obvious, as Strauss writes in a recent USA Today column.
    Reusing and recycling are money-savers, there are tax benefits for going green, and green practices are good branding and popular with consumers.
    But there are other benefits that are more behind-the-scenes. (more…)

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  • One Ham Bone, Three Great Soup Recipes

    Just like I’ll fight (nicely, of course) the other cooks at the Thanksgiving table for possession of that flavorful turkey carcass — such a great way to make stock — I do the same at Easter for the leftover ham bone.
    These rainy April days are the perfect time to take that ham bone out of the freezer and put it to good use for some great tasting and heart warming comfort food.
    Bean soups especially benefit from a long simmer with a leftover ham bone, whether or not there’s much meat left on it. If there is, that’s just a bonus; slice it off at the end and add it to the soup.
    Allow at least two hours for each of these home cooked soups, and know that they’re just as good (more…)

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  • How to Build a Joyful Employee Experience

    How do you cultivate a joyful employee experience?

    Is joy possible at work? YES! Help create a joyful employee experience for your team. (Image via AJ Cann, Flickr)

    Joy isn’t an emotion we typically associate with the workplace — but it should be! Cultivating a joyful employee experience is the kind of investment that results in long-term engagement.
    Focusing on employee experience is gaining traction as the new, more sustainable way to tackle low engagement.
    “Inside of most organizations around the world, employee engagement has simply become a way to force employees to work in outdated workplace practices while giving them perks to make them happy,” author Jacob Morgan writes for Inc. (more…)

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  • 11 TED Talks to Inspire Workplace Culture

    Ted Talks to build better workplace culture

    Want a better workplace culture? Get inspired first by pioneers like software titan Stephanie Shirley, pictured here. (Photo via Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

    Want to build a better workplace culture? Join the club. The way we work is changing, and companies are scrambling to catch up.
    “The necessity of workplace culture is a recent phenomenon,” according to a column in The Commentator. “It’s clear that in order to attract, retain and engage the modern workforce, companies must intensify their focus on improving company culture.”
    That’s because employees in all industries now are expecting work that is meaningful and engaging — and to be appreciated for it, beyond a paycheck.
    Employees are also “pushing employers to forego traditional structures,” according to Gallup research. (more…)

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  • Holidays that Boost Employee Wellbeing: ‘Walk to Work Day’

    Employee wellbeing starts with simple things.

    Celebrate Walk to Work Day and other health-focused holidays throughout the year to boost employee wellbeing.

    Walk to Work Day and other regular health-focused celebrations help promote employee wellbeing year-round in the workplace.
    Held every year on April 7, Walk to Work Day is an easy opportunity to educate employees on the benefits of regular exercise. (It’s also World Health Day!)
    Walking to work has environmental benefits, too.
    “The heart of Walk to Work Day isn’t just based in our physical and emotional health, but actually concerns itself with the health of the planet as a whole. Prevention magazine promoted this holiday in 2004 and it was quickly picked up by the US Department of Health and Human Services,” according to DaysOfTheYear.com. (more…)

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  • Let’s Talk: World Health Day at Work

    world health day in the workplace

    Start a conversation with employees to mark World Health Day in the workplace on April 7. (Photo via hoffnungsschimmer, Flickr)

    Start a conversation with employees to mark World Health Day in the workplace this week.
    Held every year on April 7, World Health Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.
    The 2017 theme is combating depression, with the slogan “Let’s Talk.”
    Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life and in all countries, according to WHO’s free campaign essentials for World Health Day. Depression creates fallout in all aspects of a person’s life, even on the job. (more…)

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  • 6 Days to a More Mindful Workplace

    Be mindful. 6 Days to a more mindful workplace.

    April is Stress Awareness Month. Build a more mindful workplace daily by focusing on wellbeing and gratitude with employees. (Image via libookperson, Flickr)

    A mindful workplace is your buffer against the kind of employee stress that disrupts productivity, drains happiness and drives high turnover.
    With Stress Awareness Month coming up in April, now’s the time to plan workplace activities focused on stress awareness — and to give employees the tools they need to handle stress before it takes over.
    The first step toward busting stress is mindfulness. (more…)

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  • Employee Appreciation Gifts for Easter & Spring

    Share employee appreciate gifts this spring!

    Surprise your employees with employee appreciation gifts for Easter and Spring. One idea: tuck a surprise into an Easter basket!

    Surprise your staff with employee appreciation gifts from gThankYou to celebrate Easter and the joys of spring!
    gThankYou Gift Certificates make it easy, affordable and meaningful to thank employees at the holidays or anytime.
    Available in a range of values from $5 to $30, gThankYou Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any Brand of merchandise from virtually any chain Grocery Store in the U.S.
    Your employees will appreciate the freedom to choose the brands they like, when and where they would like to shop. (more…)

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  • 8 Everyday Ways to Grow Workplace Happiness

    Easy ways to grow workplace happiness

    Stop, and smile often! Even quick mindfulness exercises can increase workplace happiness. (Photo via Lorie Shaull, Flickr)

    Do you and your team need a workplace happiness boost? Time to find new ways to strengthen and grow workplace happiness!

    Today is International Day of Happiness! In celebration, make a commitment to increase the happiness levels at your company this spring.
    We spend at least a third of our lives at work, according to Lifehack, and “this can be a scary fact for some to face.”
    “Because so much of your life is spent at work, a huge deciding factor in your wellbeing is whether or not you’re happy at work,” Lifehack’s Matt Valentine writes. (more…)

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  • Building Employee Happiness, the Mister Rogers Way

    Building employee happiness the Mister Rodgers Way

    Fred Rogers delighted children for decades on television, but we can still learn from him as adults about workplace leadership and building employee happiness. (KUHT, Wikimedia Commons)

    Fred Rogers delighted children for decades on television, but even as adults we can learn and be inspired by his legacy for better workplace leadership and building employee happiness.
    Employee happiness is on our minds these days because International Day of Happiness is this Monday, March 20.
    It’s also Mister Rogers Day — or “Sweater Day,” an effort to get people everywhere to wear Rogers’ trademark cardigan in honor of the beloved children’s entertainer and his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Rogers would have turned 89 this March 20.
    Generations of children grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1963 to 2001. (more…)

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  • Family-Friendly Workplaces Have Happier Employees

    Wegmans shows how to inspire happier employees

    Wegmans employees say they feel like family and that’s because they are treated like family. Their motto: “Do What You Love.” Bravo, Wegmans!

    If you’re looking for the secret to happier employees, a reliable place to look first is Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
    Fortune recently published its 2017 list, with familiar names like Google, Salesforce and Quicken Loans in the Top 10.
    But coming in at #2 is a company most Americans won’t recognize — unless they live in a handful of northeastern states, or they pay attention to Fortune’s annual “Best Companies” list.
    Wegmans is a small grocery-store chain with locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. This is Wegmans’ 20th year on Fortune’s list. (more…)

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  • Pi Day in the Workplace? Pass the Pie!

     Pi Day in the Workplace

    Pi Day is March 14, or 3.14 — and backwards that spells PIE — so get ready to celebrate Pi Day in the workplace this week. (Photo by Michael Moses, via Koka Sexton, Flickr)

    Celebrating National Pi Day in the workplace is the perfect way to engage employees, have fun together and, of course, eat tasty slices of pie. Get ready: it’s tomorrow, March 14!
    National Pi Day — not to be confused with National Pie Day, our other favorite excuse to enjoy pie — is the 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 3.14, or March 14. And 3.14 backwards is … you guessed it, PIE.
    “Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers,” according to PBS. (more…)

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  • Ideas on International Day of Awesomeness

    Happy International Day of Awesomeness! Yes, this is a real (unofficial) holiday — and it’s awesome to celebrate in the workplace.
    A couple of coworkers started International Day of Awesomeness back in 2007. It was as easy as registering the domain “dayofawesomeness.com” and putting the idea out into the world.
    Held every year on March 10, International Day of Awesomeness has a simple premise: be awesome and encourage others to be awesome.
    Why? “Because everyone needs (more…)

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  • Employee Appreciation Day: How Companies Show It

    Celebrate employee appreciation day in your workplace!

    How will you make your Employee Appreciation Day celebration last all year? (Photo via ufv, Flickr)

    Employee Appreciation Day is always the first Friday of March. It’s the perfect time to pause, reflect and show gratitude to your staff.
    Now, what about the other 364 days of the year?
    Not every day’s a party, but a day shouldn’t go by when your team doesn’t feel appreciated in some way.
    A strong, effective program for employee appreciation includes an Employee Appreciation Day celebration and lasts all year. (more…)

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  • Grow Workplace Positivity with a Compliment

    It's easy to build workplace positivity!

    It takes just a few minutes a day to build workplace positivity with compliments. Start today — World Compliment Day!

    Building Workplace Positivity

    Workplace positivity grows through appreciation and, specifically, great compliments. Start practicing today, World Compliment Day, to get ready for Employee Appreciation Day later this week.
    Held annually on March 1, World Compliment Day has its origins in the Netherlands.
    World Compliment Day is not commercially oriented, “so everyone can afford to participate,” according to a history at WorldComplimentDay.info. It “simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. … And therein lies its power.”
    Hans Poortvliet, a Dutch recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands, points out that compliments cost nothing but have a huge impact. (more…)

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Step 1

Order Certificates

Choose the gThankYou Certificates you want and order them online or by telephone.

Step 2

Ship directly to your business

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Step 3

Distribute to your employees

Personalize your gThankYou Certificates with Recipient and Giver names (optional) and give them to employees.

Step 4

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