• How 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 sends 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!

    Sharing appreciation is sweet on National Doughnut Day!

    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!

    Spread workplace gratitude today! It's "Say Something Nice Day"!

    Spread workplace gratitude on June 1 — it’s Say Something Nice Day! (Created using Recite.com)

    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

    Engaging employees in National Safety Month

    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.

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  • FREE Summer Employee Appreciation Calendar

    Gain ideas and tools for building summer employee appreciation with gThankYou's free Employee Appreciation Calendar.

    Embrace summer employee engagement! Move meetings outside and let employees take their lunch and coffee breaks outdoors.

    Have you downloaded gThankYou’s free Employee Appreciation Calendar yet? A summer chock-full of employee appreciation activities is your buffer against seasonal disengagement!

    The rising temperatures and increased distractions of summer have an inescapable impact on employee attention.

    Nobody wants to be like Gary Lumbergh, the despised Office Space boss who tells his employees to “go ahead and come in” Saturday (and Sunday), but what do you do on Friday afternoons when you can practically see employee motivation wafting away in the summer breeze?

    The trick is to work with summertime distractions, not against them.

    “From an HR professional’s perspective, summer provides a golden opportunity to mix up the workplace routine by providing unfettered access to outdoor activities — something not always available during other seasons,” Paul Falcone, HR exec and best-selling author, writes for SHRM.

    Fun summer holidays like Say Something Nice Day, 4th of July, National Ice Cream Day and Labor Day are an opportunity to enjoy the season together and build on everyday employee appreciation goals. Everyone enjoys an afternoon break for an ice cream party, outdoor games or an all-family picnic. There are loads of easy, affordable ways to engage with employees and make them feel valued.

    HR initiatives like employee appreciation are not a “nice to have” bonus — they are strategic. But a recent study shows organizations still don’t view HR as a strategic contributor, despite the proven success of these contributions.

    Now’s the time to put a plan into place and make sure your team’s strategy is as seamless as possible!

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  • Turkey Or Ham Gift Vouchers for BBQ Season Fun!

    gThankYou Turkey or Ham Gift Vouchers for summer barbeque fun!

    ‘Tis the season for family cookouts and summer BBQ fun! Share a gift your employees can really use: gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates. (Photo via rdecom, Flickr)

    Turkey or Ham gift vouchers from gThankYou are the perfect way to reward employees during summer BBQ season.

    Memorial Day is almost here — ’tis the season for family cookouts, employee picnics and other opportunities for summer barbecuing fun.

    gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Vouchers allow recipients the freedom to choose any brand or preparation of whole turkey or whole or half ham, at virtually any major grocery store nationwide.

    A turkey or ham centerpiece to a special meal is a meaningful, appreciated gift that employees can enjoy with family and friends. It’s always appropriate and always valued.

    Turkey or Ham gifts are convenient for your company, too! Ordering is easy either online or by calling 888-484-1658. Receive your Turkey or Ham vouchers as soon as the next business day — we ship same day on nearly all orders!

    And, all gThankYou gift certificates come with free customizable “Thank You” Enclosure Cards to fit any season or occasion.

    Need a large number of vouchers or have a distributed workforce? We can help! Not only do we offer volume pricing, we can create custom online ordering for your distributed workplace. Call us at 888-484-1658 to learn more.

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