• Recognize Employees for Small Wins to Build Confidence

    Recognize employees for small wins throughout the year and build a confident, productive workforce.

    Build a confident, productive workplace — recognize employees for small wins throughout the year!

    Recognize employees for small wins regularly — not just once a year — for a confident, productive workplace.

    Praise for specific acts of excellence builds employee self-confidence and in turn increases engagement. The more, the better!

    Employee recognition is one of the most important responsibilities your managers undertake, according to management and sales expert Brian Tracy.

    “Building self-esteem and self-confidence in others is more important in bringing the best out of people than all the education, intelligence or experience you might have at doing your job,” he writes on his blog.

    The best employee recognition fulfills a “core emotional need” in humans: to feel important. Your employees want to work for leaders who like them and value them. After all, company leaders are the ones who hold “the most influence over the employee’s work and income,” Tracy writes.

    Unfortunately, too many well-meaning employee recognition programs don’t make this emotional connection with employees. Instead of building confidence, these efforts actually lower confidence and demotivate.

    Ensure that your workplace leaders recognize employees effectively. Invest time and structured training for managers so they understand recognition expectations, and learn how to effectively recognize reports. Read on for expert tips on inspiring and using confidence-building recognition.


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  • 7 Days to a More Mindful Workplace

    Be mindful. 7 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.

    “This is why April is Stress Awareness Month. The key to minimizing unhelpful stress is to first become aware of it. We cannot change what we cannot see,” author Melissa Heisler writes in her HuffPo article, “Make the Most of Stress Awareness Month.”

    Ultimately, stress itself is not the issue. Stress is an inevitable part of life! It’s how we handle stressors that makes the difference between healthy and dysfunctional.

    Workplace leaders set the tone for how to handle workplace stress.

    In an un-mindful workplace where leaders feed stress, employees are more likely to react to stress with anger, ingratitude, burnout, overwork or disengagement. Actuarial research shows that self-medicating with unhealthy habits like smoking and binge drinking are also common outcomes of unmanaged workplace stress. The results can be disastrous for your company culture and business, as disengaged employees “check out” from doing their best work.

    In today’s workplace, “it’s unlikely the pace or intensity of work will change much anytime soon,” according to the Harvard Business Review.

    But “there’s a growing body of research that suggests certain types of development activities can effectively build the capacity for resilience,” Wisdom Labs co-founder Rich Fernandez writes for HBR. Investing in employee personal growth and development “is the first step in unleashing creativity, enabling potential and supporting sustainable productivity.”

    Start the process in April with a week (or more!) devoted to building a more mindful workplace. Read on for Stress Awareness Month activity ideas.


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  • Employee Thank You Gift Cards for Easter & Spring

    Employee Thank You Gift Cards for Easter and Spring

    Celebrate your workplace this Spring! Whether you focus on Easter or just the inspiration of the new season, we’ve got you covered with FREE Cards to share your thanks with any purchase of gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude.

    Sharing your day-to-day appreciation in the workplace takes planning, patience and creativity!

    Be the star gift-giver in your workplace and take advantage of the new Spring season and the upcoming Easter Holiday to celebrate your team. gThankYou makes it easy to share your appreciation with FREE customizable Easter and Spring themed employee thank you gift cards.

    gThankYou is pleased to announce new designs to our Spring & Summer Enclosure Card collection, in addition to more than a dozen seasonal design favorites.

    gThankYou Enclosure Cards are free with any purchase of gThankYou Gift Certificates. We’ll even include your personal message for recipients along with your company logo (if desired). We create a proof for you to approve and then send the cards along with your order — all FREE!

    Even the smallest of gifts matter in the workplace. gThankYou offers a range of meaningful and affordable Easter and Spring Gift Certificates perfect for any budget. Tuck one in a fun spring Easter basket or distribute them with your personal thanks.


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  • Employee Appreciation Gifts for Easter & Spring

    Share employee appreciate gifts this spring! Tuck a gThankYou Gift Certificate in a spring basket and delight your workplace!

    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. gThankYou Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons that are redeemed at checkout just like other cents-off coupons.

    gThankYou Gift Certificates are also convenient for you. They’re just the right size to include in a payroll or quarterly mailing, tuck into an Easter gift basket, or share in person with a big smile, firm handshake and sincere “Thanks!”

    Plus, all gThankYou Gift Certificates come with free personalization and your choice of free, custom Enclosure Cards — including card designs to accompany Easter, Spring and Summer employee appreciation gifts!

    Order today online or by calling 855-407-9025. Nearly all gThankYou orders ship the day they are received, with delivery as soon as the next business day. Interested in large-volume discounts or worried about making a specific deadline? Call 855-407-9025.

    Read on for employee appreciation gifts of gThankYou Gift Certificates to fit every occasion this spring.

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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.

    With the right conditions and practices, we all should be able to derive a sense of joy from our work, feel connected to it and believe that we’re making a positive impact on some portion of the world, however small.

    But, as Gallup research continues to reveal, this isn’t the reality for most Americans. The majority of American workers aren’t engaged in or committed to their work.

    “Gallup research shows that for a few select managers, naturally engaging their teams to be their best every day comes so instinctively they don’t even realize they’re doing it,” according to a Gallup blog post on creating everyday engagement.

    “But there is hope for the rest of us,” Gallup’s Jake Herway and Jeremy Pietrocini write. And it’s worth pursuing: “Top teams that address engagement needs in their everyday work outperform bottom teams by an average 20 percent in sales and 10 percent in customer engagement.”

    Growing everyday workplace happiness takes some effort — it means asking the right questions, empowering employees to do their best and taking time daily to engage and appreciate employees. Read on for easy tips to inspire your own workplace happiness transformation.


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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. Watch the show intro and see if that music (written by Rogers, by the way) brings back a wave of nostalgia.

    “He spoke to children like grown-ups, and helped them tackle topics such as anger, trust, honesty, courage and sadness,” Jonathan Merritt wrote in a posthumous profile of Rogers in The Atlantic.

    Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood pushed beyond surface-level entertainment and instilled children with a sense of joy, peace and kindness. Researchers who compared viewers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with viewers of Sesame Street even found that Fred’s fans developed a greater level of patience.”

    Mister Rogers, Won’t You Be My Boss?

    Rogers was also, unsurprisingly, a thoughtful boss.


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