Summer’s here! And the time is right for making sure your interns have a rewarding work experience this summer. That experience begins even before their first day on the job. Here are best practice intern onboarding tips to ensure they feel valued and an important part of your workplace culture and success from the start!Read More
Share Your Workplace Love with Donuts!
Friday, June 1st is National Donut Day and a perfect opportunity to celebrate colleagues with a donut, coffee (and maybe a side of fruit)!
Donuts are a time-honored workplace treat, so it’s fun to have an excuse to pick up a box for the office. After all, they’ve been a sign of appreciation since at least World War I!
National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army in 1938 to pay tribute to the selfless spirit of the “donut lassies” who cared for American soldiers in Europe during World War I. Tasked with lifting soldier spirits far from home, these Salvation Army volunteers decided to serve them donuts and coffee. The donuts were an immediate hit with soldiers – and the Salvation Army has continued to this day, celebrating Donut Day to raise money and awareness of their social services.
No surprise, donuts make people smile and feel good. They are fun and indulgent and remind us of when we were kids. It’s no wonder people love celebrating with donuts!Read More
Find Nice Things to Say to Employees — It’s Worth It
No surprise we love the idea of “Say Something Nice Day,” which is coming up next Friday, June 1. But there’s one surefire way to improve on it in your workplace: Find nice things to say to employees every day — and use Say Something Nice Day as an annual reminder to recommit to that goal.
Research has found that workplaces cultures improve when managers take the time to look for nice things to say to employees. One Gallup study reported that regular verbal recognition and praise results in employees who are:
- More productive
- More engaged with colleagues
- More loyal to their employers
- Better at serving customers
- Safer on the job
In other words, just spending a few minutes every day makes employees feel valued and is GREAT for the health of your business!Read More
For some people the Monday blues can kick in on Sunday evening. But there are plenty of cost-free things to do to banish those beginning of the workweek blahs and start the workweek off with a smile.
Tap into the popular hashtags #ItDoesntCostAnythingTo and #MondayMotivation” on social media and you might just find that you can change your own attitude and perhaps improve the moods of your employees and colleagues. After all, gratitude is contagious!
Try Our Turkey Vouchers and Ham Gifts This Summer!
Looking for a way to make summer special for your employees? When you give them gThankYou’s turkey vouchers and ham gifts, you’re not just thanking them — you’re also giving them a reason to celebrate!
Summer is high time for grilling out, of course. Last year, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reported that 73 percent of American consumers will cook out on the Fourth of July, 60 percent on Memorial Day, 58 percent on Labor Day, and 45 percent on Father’s Day. Many of your own employees are no doubt among those millions of backyard chefs; make them feel valued by giving them something special to share with family and friends this summer.
gThankYou turkey vouchers and ham gifts can be redeemed for any brand, any size, and any preparation of whole turkey, or whole or half ham, at major grocery stores and supermarkets nationwide. gThankYou Gift Certificates are redeemed as Manufacturer Coupons, just like the ones that come in your Sunday newspaper.
Plus, all gThankYou Gift Certificates come with customized, personalized “Thank You” Enclosure Cards — FREE. That makes it easy to tell your employees exactly how much they mean to you and the success of your business.
Turkey on the Grill: Simple and Dazzlingly Delicious
Not only does a turkey often cook more quickly on a grill than in the oven, as Real Simple points out, the bird also comes out “super-juicy, very slightly smoky, easy, and packed with flavor.”
There are plenty of recipes out there for grilling a turkey — here’s one! — but employees should know a bit about the physics of barbecuing before proceeding. Real Simple offers great tips on the difference between direct and indirect heat, adding flavor, and making sure you have the right tools on hand.Read More
Why You Want to Create a Healthy Workplace
Is your company a healthy workplace? It should be.
In 2010, the Harvard Business Review reported on an interesting study: A sample of 185 employees received advice and exercise training to improve heart health. Afterward, 57 percent of those classified as “high-risk” for a cardiac event were reassessed as low-risk. More importantly from a pure business standpoint, “medical claim costs had declined by $1,421 per participant, compared with those from the previous year. A control group showed no such improvements. The bottom line: Every dollar invested in the intervention yielded $6 in health care savings.”
The HBR authors found similar results at other workplaces, and also noted that a strong wellness program can seriously help with employee retention — employees get a real material benefit from being in a healthy workplace every day, and don’t want to lose that. Sounds promising, right? Today, to mark National Employee Health & Fitness Day, we’ve collected four tips on creating a healthy workplace.Read More
Almost every industry is facing staffing challenges, but perhaps the hospitality industry is the hardest hit. Knowing how to recognize and retain hospitality industry employees is critical to business survival.
It’s not unheard for restaurant employees to take a job at a competitor across the street for just .25 cents more an hour!
Both front of the house and back of the house staff would be less tempted to leave for such a small raise if they felt engaged, valued and appreciated.
In a blog post on Toast.com about turnover rates in the restaurant industry, these startling retention stats were shared:
In 2016, the annual employee turnover rate in the restaurants and accommodations sector was a whopping 73%, according to The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Program [JOLTS].
To put this in perspective, say you started 2017 with 100 employees. If your restaurant has a 73% annual employee turnover rate, 73 of the original 100 employees who began the year working at your business will be gone by years end and hopefully replaced with someone new.
How Do You Show Appreciation for Administrative Staff?
Google “administrative staff appreciation ideas” and you’ll get over a million results. But most of those million-plus ideas are pretty much the same: a mug or a tchotchke or candy, or maybe a cute, funny card.
If you’d like to do something different for an administrative staffer — something that will truly make them feel valued — we’ve got a great suggestion. Best of all, it’s inexpensive and it doesn’t take long. You can even do it today, to celebrate International Receptionists’ Day. (And if you missed National Administrative Professionals Day on April 25, this is your opportunity to make it up!)
Here you go — one of the best administrative staff appreciation ideas out there, and it’s just two simple steps.Read More
If you have children and work outside the home, then you know you owe teachers a debt of gratitude. These dedicated professionals choose to spend their time with dozens of kids every day — not just taking care of them, but also preparing them to become informed, thoughtful, and well-behaved members of their communities. As anyone who’s ever wrangled even a handful of kids at a time knows, that’s exhausting and too often underappreciated work. But do you know how to really thank a teacher?
Today is National Teacher Day, and this is also Teacher Appreciation Week. To mark these important occasions, here are some ideas about what makes hardworking educators feel valued — straight from teachers themselves.Read More
Celebrate your nursing staff this week! Every year, May 6th kicks off the start of National Nurses Week which concludes on May 12th, appropriately on nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Nurses impact our lives in so many ways. They are with us when we bring new life into the word, at the end of our lives and the lives of loved ones, at school, in the office and help us all cope with medical issues both large and small our whole life long.Read More