• Flexible Workplace Benefits: Perfect for Back-to-School

    flexible workplace benefits are especially valued during back-to-school

    Make it easy for employees to adapt to back-to-school routines with flexible workplace benefits. (Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr)

    It’s back-to-school time! Are you engaging employees with flexible workplace benefits — benefits that ease the transition from summer vacation to the demands and routines of the start of school?

    Flexible workplace benefits consider employee experience in practical ways that help employees manage work-life balance.

    “Employee experience” is a relatively new concept in HR. As author and futurist Jacob Morgan writes for Inc., it works best in tandem with employee engagement.

    “By combining employee engagement and experience to work together, organizations can build an environment where employees feel valued,” Morgan writes.

    Employee experience is about “designing an organization where people want to show up by focusing on the cultural, technological and physical environments,” according to Morgan. It goes deeper than engagement and considers “experience” as defined by employees.

    Taking that experience into account leads to better, more effective engagement strategies.

    As we move into the school year, consider your employees’ experience of balancing work and school to design truly effective, engaging workplace benefits.

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  • 10 Reasons to Give Employees a Thanksgiving Turkey

    Give employees a thanksgiving turkey gift with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates - easy, convenient and meaningful.

    Give employees a Thanksgiving turkey this November! There’s no better symbol of gratitude — it’s the centerpiece to a meal that celebrates giving thanks.

    Give employees a Thanksgiving turkey this November! There’s no better symbol of gratitude: it’s the centerpiece to a meal that celebrates giving thanks.

    Need more reasons?

    Check out our new page “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Thanksgiving Turkey.” Share it with coworkers and your leadership team!

    Now’s the time to start planning workplace gifts for the holiday season. Be ready with all the information you need.

    Our “10 Reasons” page answers all your questions about workplace turkey gifts, an American tradition going back generations.

    And what’s the best way to carry on that tradition and give employees a Thanksgiving turkey?

    With gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates, of course. A turkey voucher gift is convenient for giver and recipient alike. It retains the meaning and symbolism of a traditional turkey gift, with none of the hassle or pesky demands on freezer space.

    Recipients of gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates get to redeem their turkey gift at the time that’s right for them, for a size and preparation of turkey that fits their family, at virtually any grocery store nationwide.

    Ultimately, this is about your business and company culture. Employees who feel valued lift up your business. They’re more engaged in their work, more likely to provide outstanding customer service and more likely to stay with your company.

    There’s no better time to communicate this value to employees than at Thanksgiving. It’s the holiday when we join together as a country and community to reflect on our gratitude. Don’t leave out your employees! Let them know how grateful you are for their contributions — with a meaningful, appreciated Thanksgiving turkey.

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  • Workplace Exercise Incentives That Turn #Goals to Reality

    Workplace exercise incentives that work!

    Cash doesn’t work, so what are the workplace exercise incentives that actually motivate? (Photo via Global Panorama, Flickr)

    It’s time to rethink workplace exercise incentives involving cash.

    New research shows money does little to motivate gym visits, even among people who have the intention of exercising more.

    The experiment, conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, randomized about 800 new gym members into four groups.

    The control group received $30 after six weeks, unconditionally. The other groups were rewarded for going to the gym at least nine times in the first six weeks of membership — with a $30 Amazon gift card, a $60 Amazon gift card or an item of their choosing from Amazon worth about $30, respectively.

    Participants who were promised rewards made just 0.14 more visits to the gym in the first six weeks, on average.

    Beyond that, the financial incentives had “no effect on their subsequent visit trajectories.”

    It’s actually not that surprising that money isn’t a significant motivator. HR experts have known for a long time that “cash isn’t necessarily king,” as SHRM put it in 2003.

    A big problem with cash rewards is that they don’t reinforce brand loyalty, according to SHRM. And because a gift of money has no value or meaning beyond its cash value, financial rewards can quickly lose motivational effect and become an entitlement.

    Behavioral economist Dan Ariely argued in his 2016 book “Payoff” that financial incentives “aren’t the be-all-end-all when it comes to motivation,” Business Insider reports.

    In fact, Ariely and his colleagues conducted a study that found workers who received financial bonuses for their performance ultimately performed worse than workers who received compliments or pizza from their boss.

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  • 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.

    “Today’s workforce is decidedly multigenerational,” according to AccountingWeb article “How to Make the Most of 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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  • How to Buy Corporate Turkey Gifts the Easy Way

    Corporate turkey gifts made easy with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates

    Delight your workplace with the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey this holiday season. gThankYou makes it easy and affordable.

    It’s August already — time to start planning your annual corporate turkey gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

    Early planning gives you and your team more time to focus on what really matters at the holidays: sharing your gratitude with staff, volunteers and customers.

    Let gThankYou take care of the logistics this year.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates make it easy and convenient to share corporate turkey gifts.

    Our turkey vouchers carry on the appreciated tradition of giving employees a Thanksgiving turkey, without the hassle of storing and handling a large number of frozen birds.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are redeemable for any brand and any preparation of whole turkey, at virtually all major U.S. grocery stores.

    Plus, all gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates come with customizable Enclosure Cardsabsolutely free! It’s the easiest way to wish a “Happy Thanksgiving!” to the people in your workplace and express your sincere appreciation for their contributions.

    Givers and recipients alike love gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates. They’re easy, practical and, best of all, meaningful.

    A turkey is the centerpiece to the most gratitude-focused holiday of the year. The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey shows your recipients that you care about them and their family. When they sit down to their annual Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by family and friends, they’ll be grateful for you and your organization, too.

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  • Workplace Friendships Drive Great Organizational Culture

    workplace friendships build stronger workplace cultures

    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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