• Celebrate International Day of Awesomeness — Have Fun!

    Celebrate international day of awesomeness in your workplace - have some fun!

    Need a little workplace fun this week? International Day of Awesomeness is Saturday, March 10. (photo via Kate Ter Haar, Flickr)

    International Day of Awesomeness is today, Saturday, March 10. Celebrated every year for the past decade, it’s the perfect excuse to have a little workplace fun!

    “An acceptable level of fun is rarely defined when companies speak of their corporate culture,” Adam Gale writes for Management Today.

    But a company’s attitude to workplace fun is “constantly role-modelled.”

    “You can see from the senior leadership how long it’s okay to spend chatting in the kitchen (five minutes is fine; an hour probably not) or how far non-work conversation or jokes at your desk are okay,” Gale writes.

    Workplace fun isn’t just for downtime on the job.

    It’s also role-modelled in leadership’s attitude toward the work itself and toward the more mundane aspects of workplace life, like onboarding, compliance paperwork, health benefits and safety education.

    “The pre-ghost Scrooges out there may grumble that work is simply not supposed to be fun,” Gale writes. But, “as with many things, it’s about finding a healthy balance,” and that takes good management.

    Read on for ideas on celebrating workplace fun wherever it’s needed — on International Day of Awesomeness, or any day.

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  • 6 Easy, Affordable Easter Customer Appreciation Ideas

    Share your Easter customer appreciation with these FREE gift Enclosure Cards from gThankYou.

    Have the best customers? Show them your Easter customer appreciation with gThankYou Gift Certificates and our FREE customizable Enclosure Cards!

    Your business depends on loyal, happy customers — show them the gratitude they deserve with an Easter customer appreciation gift, party or promotion, or a combination of all three!

    Thanking customers at holidays is just good business, according to the Small Biz Trends’ article “5 Simple Strategies to Improve Holiday Sales Promotions.”

    “Saying ‘Thank You’ is a fine way to show your appreciation to someone you’ve done business with. It sends a clear signal to your customers that you’re looking forward to continuing and building on the relationship that you’ve established with them,” writes Etai Elizur, COO at content marketing agency Inboundjunction.

    “Moreover, saying ‘Thank You’ gives you the perfect opportunity to offer special holiday deals that would be of great interest to loyal customers.”

    Effective Easter customer appreciation builds on your business relationship, lets customers know you value their business, and shares in the rejuvenating spirit of the Spring season.

    “A holiday event gives your business an opportunity to create intimacy and reserve a moment with your customers,” according to Entrepreneur. “When you invite customers to a special event, you’re building relationships the old-fashioned way — with personal, face-to-face contact.”

    Read on for Easter customer appreciation ideas for a seasonal “Thank You” customers will remember all year — while still easy and affordable for you.

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  • 10 Last-Minute Employee Appreciation Ideas

    Celebrate this Friday with these last minute these easy employee appreciation ideas!

    Need last-minute employee appreciation ideas? Try a build-your-own-sundae ice cream social. (Photo via poptech, Flickr)

    Didn’t plan ahead for Employee Appreciation Day this Friday, March 2? Or are you just looking for anytime employee appreciation ideas to help you and your team brainstorm for the coming months?

    We’ve got you covered!

    First, don’t worry that you haven’t planned ahead. A big appreciation dinner that takes months of planning — with catered food, entertainment and party games — can be a treat for employees, but it’s far from the only way to thank employees for their hard work.

    In fact, spontaneous “Thanks!” are just as important. Everyday expressions of gratitude show employees that their efforts are noticed day in and day out, not just once or twice a year.

    It gets to the heart of why employee appreciation is so meaningful: it communicates to staff that leadership is paying attention to them and cares about their performance. A few words of recognition from leadership mean a lot to rank-and-file employees, particularly in a distributed workforce, where face time with the C-suite is infrequent or nonexistent.

    Bottom line: people love to be noticed for what they do. Everyday appreciation is a reminder that their work matters.

    “Saying ‘Thank You’ encourages a gracious, polite and civilized workplace,” writes ChicagoNow’s Scott Huntington.

    Over time, thanking employees fosters a culture in which gratitude is shared frequently and effortlessly. And that has a real business impact: 78 percent of employees say they would work harder if their efforts were better appreciated, according to Limeade.

    Employee Appreciation Ideas: 10 Ways to Say ‘Thanks’ on the Fly

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  • Easy, Affordable Easter Ham Gifts

    Celebrate Springtime with gThankYou! Easter ham gifts for your workplace!

    Celebrate Springtime with gThankYou! Easter ham gifts for your workplace!

    Easter ham gifts for your employees, special customers and others in your workplace are the perfect springtime gift to show your appreciation and celebrate the new season!

    gThankYou has you covered with affordable, easy-to-share Ham Gift Certificates. Plus, all our Gift Certificates come with free Enclosure Cards, including Easter and Spring-themed designs.

    Redeeming gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates is simple: our Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons, just like the cents-off coupons we all use, so recipients choose the ham they want and redeem their Certificate at checkout just like a Manufacturer Coupon.

    gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates are good for any brand, any preparation and any size of full or half ham. Your recipients get to choose what’s right for their family.

    Why share Easter ham gifts? Eating a ham at Easter is a tradition going back hundreds of years, as far back as the sixth century. It’s the centerpiece to a big family meal that marks new beginnings and a new season. Your gift will be at the center of the dining table, a delicious symbol of your gratitude!

    Easter is coming up April 1, just a month away. Order your workplace Easter ham gifts now so you can focus in the weeks leading up to Easter on thanking employees and sharing your gifts in a meaningful way.

    After all, the best part of sharing gifts is how you share them, and the gratitude you show recipients. Let gThankYou take care of the logistics!

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  • Employee Appreciation Day is March 2 — Plan Now!

    Be sure to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day this March 2nd!Employee Appreciation Day is always the first Friday of March. For 2018, Employee Appreciation Day is this Friday, March 2.

    Why celebrate it? Jared Weitz, founder and CEO of United Capital Source LLC, puts it bluntly this week in a Forbes column on why employee appreciation should be a top priority.

    “If you aren’t making a conscious effort to let employees know how much you appreciate them, your employees are not performing to the best of their ability,” he writes.

    It’s really as simple as that.

    And the solution to a disengaged, under-performing workforce is simple, too: start by saying “Thank You” more, and recognizing small achievements.

    In the end, it’s about how you make employees feel. And everyone responds positively to appreciation and encouragement.

    “What’s one of the few things every successful person has in common? Confidence,” Weitz writes. “If you want your employees to perform shortly after recruitment, it’s your responsibility to build up their confidence with outward encouragement and appreciation. …. They will remember the lengths their leader went to make them feel confident for the rest of their careers. And, when a daunting task comes their way, they will feel up to the challenge thanks to their knowledge that, in their leader’s eyes, they are the very best at what they do.”

    What better time to commit to a more gratitude-filled workplace than Employee Appreciation Day? Take time in the coming days to get inspired, take notes, brainstorm with colleagues and reflect on ways to show appreciation to your team.

    Your Employee Appreciation Day party-planning doesn’t need to be extravagant, expensive or time-consuming — what matters most to employees is hearing a heartfelt, honest “Thank You” directly from company leaders. Read on for inspiration to get started.

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  • Civility in the Workplace: More Than Just ‘Being Nice’

    Civility in the workplace grows through small, positive gestures - start today!

    Civility in the workplace grows through small, positive gestures. (Photo via Kate Ter Haar, Flickr)

    Civility in the workplace is quickly becoming a topic of concern among HR leaders. The more it’s studied, the clearer it is that civility is not just a matter of “being nice.”

    It’s an important part of everyday company culture.

    The opposite of civility — incivility, or rudeness — is on the rise and has devastating consequences, we’re learning. Science Daily calls incivility in the workplace “the silent epidemic.”

    New research shows that incivility, even a little bit, even when it’s not directed at you, can derail job performance.

    “Witnessing rudeness in the morning can hurt a person’s job performance all day” and diminish the person’s ability to do their best work on a longer-term basis, according to a Wall Street Journal article this week, “The Big Impact of a Little Rudeness at Work.”

    This finding comes from a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, adding to “a growing body of research showing the serious costs of rudeness,” the Wall Street Journal’s Heidi Mitchell writes.

    Worse, incivility “is as contagious as the common cold.”

    Fortunately, the flip side of that is true, too. Positive social behaviors like expressing gratitude, showing kindness or compassion and building workplace friendships spread just as quickly and have the power to transform not only an individual’s day but eventually an entire organizational culture.

    Read on for the latest thinking on civility in the workplace and how to make your workplace kinder, one interaction at a time.

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