• 5 Halloween Contest Ideas for the Workplace

    Halloween contest ideas for the workplace - pumpkin carving contest

    Need Halloween contest ideas for engaging employees? Start planning now. (Photo via Eric Steuer, Flickr)

    Need Halloween contest ideas for the workplace? It’s not too late! You still have plenty of time to plan something fun and engaging for employees.

    Your instincts to celebrate Halloween in the workplace are spot-on. Halloween is an active, hands-on holiday and popular with people of all ages. A record 179 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween this year.

    Halloween “brings out the creative side in all of us, no matter what age, and allows everyone to show off and have a good time in any way they choose,” Rachel Farley writes in an Ogemaw County Herald editorial.

    It may seem like fun and games, but done right, Halloween contests and other activities feed workplace creativity and team-building.

    Creativity is crucial in the workplace, according to Forbes: “Creativity is rapidly shifting from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ quality for all types of successful organizations — from delicatessens to design firms.”

    Any risks involved with celebrating Halloween in the workplace, like inappropriate costumes or practical jokes taken too far, are easy to avoid by planning ahead and putting guidelines in place. (A good place to start to make sure you’re setting the right rules is AZBigMedia’s helpful blog post on celebrating Halloween in the office without consequences.)

    Embrace Halloween! Your employees (and customers) will be glad you did.

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  • Why Choose Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers?

    Best employee turkey gift - gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers

    America’s business leaders choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and vouchers for Thanksgiving and holiday employee appreciation. Shouldn’t you?

    If you are looking to share a holiday turkey gift with employees or customers, skip the logistic hassles of distributing frozen turkeys and share gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers instead.

    What’s the difference between turkey gift certificates and vouchers? Nothing! A “voucher” is just another term for gift certificate.

    When it comes to workplace turkey gifts, companies choose gThankYou Gift Certificates. We’re America’s favorite choice for Turkey Gift Certificates, Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates and other popular food gifts – perfect for holiday-time or anytime employee and customer appreciation.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any brand, size and preparation of whole turkey — Butterball®, Norbest®, Smithfield® or any other brand from major grocery stores in the U.S.

    gThankYou Gift Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons which are only good for a specific item (such as a whole turkey), have an expiration date and provide no cash or residual value. They cannot be deposited in the bank or used to buy other merchandise.

    Be careful not to confuse turkey gift certificates and vouchers with gift checks or gift cards.

    Gift cards, allow recipients to buy any store merchandise. Butterball® Gift Checks, and other holiday gift checks, can be deposited into a bank account or used to buy any merchandise.

    If you are looking to restrict your holiday gift to a Turkey, choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates.

    (If you are concerned with the tax implications of employee gift-giving, please consult with your accounting or tax professional.)

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  • How to Engage Transportation Workers

    How to engage transportation workers - expert tips by gThankYou

    Learn how to engage transportation workers to increase retention and reliability and improve customer service. (Photo via teosaurio)

    Learning how to engage transportation workers in your industry is key to increasing retention and reliability, keeping workers happy and improving overall customer service.

    Retention and an aging workforce are challenges for the trucking industry in particular, according to FleetOwner.

    “As the ‘traditional’ make-up of the U.S. truck-driver population is rapidly aging and heads for retirement, new efforts must be made to attract younger and ‘non-traditional’ candidates to the job of piloting commercial vehicles for a living,” Sean Kilcarr writes for FleetOwner.

    The potential for automation in long-haul trucking is making current employees nervous about their long-term prospects and adding to an overall feeling of being undervalued and under-appreciated.

    Meanwhile, drivers continue to be in demand.

    “This work is undervalued even though it’s absolutely crucial to the economy,” writes truck driver Ryan Haney in a review of the new book, “The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream.”

    “As a truck driver myself, I know that so much of what we do is far too complicated to be replaced by technology any time soon. We do a lot more than just hold a steering wheel,” Haney writes.

    This feeling of under-appreciation isn’t limited to truckers. School bus drivers, among other school employees, are not getting enough acknowledgement or feedback, according to a survey of engagement in K-12 education.

    Engaging workers who are constantly on the move takes commitment, creativity and planning. Read on for inspiration and 5 ways to reinvigorate your engagement efforts.

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  • gThankYou: 10 Years of Delighting Employees!

    gThankYou: delighting employees certificates of gratitude for 10 years!

    2017 marks gThankYou’s 10th year of helping business leaders show their appreciation with Certificates of Gratitude.

    gThankYou is proud to be celebrating 10 years of delighting employees, customers and workplace leaders with meaningful food gifts like a Thanksgiving turkey or a Christmas Ham.

    To our fantastic customers: We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Over the past decade, our Certificates of Gratitude have helped countless workplace leaders show their appreciation at the holidays and anytime.

    We are grateful to our customers for choosing gThankYou to celebrate workers and customers. We couldn’t have reached this business milestone without your support and trust.

    THANK YOU, seriously.

    The gThankYou! Team believes happiness and engagement are key ingredients for a successful workplace. It isn’t easy to run a successful business where employees are loyal and the everyday culture is vibrant and engaging. But it’s possible — anyone can start today — and the benefits are worth it!

    We appreciate that so many businesses choose gThankYou to help celebrate employees at the holidays and year-round.

    In the spirit of celebrating gratitude, we’ve picked some of our favorite gratitude-related blog posts here on “Celebrating Work”— click through below to be inspired. We wish everyone success in building a successful workplace culture!

    With sincere thanks to all for your business and support,

    Rick Kiley, Liz King & The gThankYou Team

    gThankYou: Our 10 Best Recent Blog Posts About Workplace Gratitude

    Gratitude is about so much more than saying, “Thanks.” Check out these blog posts from the past few months for practical tips and the latest thinking.

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  • Affordable Staff Gifts for Halloween (or Anytime!)

    Looking for affordable staff gifts? gThankYou to the rescue!

    Affordable staff gifts like Candy are a great way to treat employees at Halloween, or anytime! (Photo via johnnytop, Flickr)

    Treat your workplace this Halloween! gThankYou has affordable staff gifts to fit any occasion — even Halloween — and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

    gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude are good for specific grocery merchandise, like Candy or a Turkey, and can be redeemed at virtually any major grocery store chain nationwide. They’re perfect for celebrating employee successes, incentivizing safety or wellness, thanking customers or simply showing anytime appreciation.

    Givers and recipients alike love gThankYou.

    Givers appreciate how fast, flexible and affordable gThankYou! Gift Certificates are.

    Recipients appreciate the opportunity shop when and where they want, for the brands they like.

    It’s a win-win! And all Gift Certificates from gThankYou come with free, personalized Enclosure Cards with options for customization (also free!) — it’s a convenient way to express your appreciation right along with your gift.

    Halloween is perfect for employee gift-giving. The fall season is in full swing by now. People are excited and starting to feel festive for the long holiday season.

    “The fall and Halloween season permeates all parts of our lives and businesses,” according to Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation, in a Markets Insider post on spreading seasonal cheer in the workplace.

    Affordable staff gifts need free thank you cards - all from gThankYou!

    Include free Enclosure Cards with your Halloween employee gifts!

    Americans today are working longer hours than ever, leading to disengagement and burnout, she says. Breaking up routine with seasonal festive activities (and gifts!) can “help lift spirits” around the workplace.

    “It’s interesting to see how consumers and businesses alike are impacted by seasonality and seasonal excitement. It’s that visceral reaction … to seasons that can make all the difference,” Sweeney says.

    You work hard to engage employees and show your gratitude all year-long. Sometimes, the best way to say “Thank You” is with a small gift. It’s a tangible, meaningful way to show you care.

    When accompanied by heartfelt gratitude, even a small gift will be appreciated — and remembered.

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  • Buyer’s Guide to Employee Turkey Gifts

    gThankYou employee turkey gifts

    Employee turkey gifts from gThankYou are the smart, convenient and appreciated workplace holiday gift!

    Your mission: buy employee turkey gifts for everyone.

    Your goal: happy, satisfied employees who feel appreciated by their employer at the holidays.

    Now, how will you do it?

    First, be sure you’re making a smart business decision from the standpoint of your accounting department. When it comes to vouchers for employee turkey gifts, there are several options.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any brand, size and preparation of whole turkey — Butterball®, Norbest®, Smithfield® or any other brand from major grocery stores in the U.S.

    gThankYou Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons which are only good for a specific item (such as a whole turkey), have an expiration date and provide no cash or residual value. They cannot be deposited in the bank or used to buy other merchandise.

    Gift cards, on the other hand, allow recipients to buy any store merchandise. Butterball® Gift Checks, and other holiday gift checks, can be deposited in a bank account or used to buy any merchandise.

    If you are looking to restrict your holiday gift to a Turkey, choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates.

    Companies choose gThankYou Gift Certificates because they are Manufacturer Coupons. If you are concerned with the tax implications of employee gift-giving, please consult with your accounting or tax professional.

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