• Why Family-Friendly Workplaces Have Happier Employees

    Wegmans shows how to inspire happier employees

    Wegmans employees say they feel like family and that’s because they are treated like family. Their motto: “Do What You Love.” Bravo, Wegmans!

    If you’re looking for the secret to happier employees, a reliable place to look first is Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

    Fortune recently published its 2017 list, with familiar names like Google, Salesforce and Quicken Loans in the Top 10.

    But coming in at #2 is a company most Americans won’t recognize — unless they live in a handful of northeastern states, or they pay attention to Fortune’s annual “Best Companies” list.

    Wegmans is a small grocery-store chain with locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. This is Wegmans’ 20th year on Fortune’s list.

    How does Wegmans manage to have happier employees in an industry known for low wages and high turnover? The secret may be in the company’s family-friendly employee recognition practices, according to an article in Quartz.

    Wegmans employees continually praise the company’s family-like work environment on employer-review sites like Glassdoor.

    It’s good for business.

    “All that employee love is paying off,” Quartz’s Oliver Staley writes. “Wegmans is growing rapidly, expanding from its northeast base to add stores in Virginia (there are now 92 stores in six states), and revenues reportedly climbed to $7.9 billion in 2015 from $6.2 billion in 2011.”

    Across the board, family-friendly workplaces are winning at engagement, with happier and more productive employees and a good reputation in the community. Forbes contributor Freek Vermeulen calls it “happiness for free” — family-friendly practices can be costly, but they essentially pay for themselves.

    At a time when the majority of Americans are “open” to leaving their current jobs, we should all be following the lead of family-friendly workplaces for happier employees and better retention. Listen to what Wegmans employees say themselves in the company video below called “Be Wegmans Happy”, and keep reading for ways to create your workplace family through a family-friendly approach. Well done, Wegmans!

     

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  • Pi Day in the Workplace? Pass the Pie!

     Pi Day in the Workplace

    Pi Day is March 14, or 3.14 — and backwards that spells PIE — so get ready to celebrate Pi Day in the workplace this week. (Photo by Michael Moses, via Koka Sexton, Flickr)

    Celebrating National Pi Day in the workplace is the perfect way to engage employees, have fun together and, of course, eat tasty slices of pie. Get ready: it’s tomorrow, March 14!

    National Pi Day — not to be confused with National Pie Day, our other favorite excuse to enjoy pie — is the holiday made up by math geeks to celebrate the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference.

    That number is 3.14, or March 14. And 3.14 backwards is … you guessed it, PIE.

    “Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers,” according to PBS.

    There are contests to see who can recite the most digits of pi by heart, popular songs remade with pi lyrics, and lots and lots and lots of pies, from chicken pot pie to key lime pie.

    NASA even put together a “Pi in the Sky” infographic to explain to the rest of us how scientists use pi in space.

    Pi Day in the Workplace: A Celebration of Pie and Teamwork

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  • 8 Workplace Ideas for International Day of Awesomeness

    It's International Day of Awesomeness! Thank your staff for their awesomeness!

    On International Day of Awesomeness, give your employees a thumbs up. Celebrate how awesome your team is! (Photo via InfusionSoft, Flickr)

    Happy International Day of Awesomeness! Yes, this is a real (unofficial) holiday — and it’s awesome to celebrate in the workplace.

    A couple of coworkers started International Day of Awesomeness back in 2007. It was as easy as registering the domain “dayofawesomeness.com” and putting the idea out into the world.

    Held every year on March 10, International Day of Awesomeness has a simple premise: be awesome and encourage others to be awesome.

    Why? “Because everyone needs an excuse to be awesome.” Can’t argue with that!

    How we celebrate International Day of Awesomeness is open to creativity. The holiday’s founders suggest “feats of awesomeness.”

    Be inspired to celebrate the day with your team. And don’t forget to share your company’s International Day of Awesomeness activities on social media with the hashtags #idoa or #dayofawesomeness.

    8 Ways to Celebrate International Day of Awesomeness At Work

    Building an awesome workplace culture is an investment. It takes time, resources and full support from company leadership.

    Of course, we all want a better culture today. A recent headline from the satirical newspaper The Onion takes a humorous spin on this unrealistic expectation: “Boss Wants Friendly, Relaxed Company Culture In Place By Friday.”

    By Friday would be great, of course — but the reality is, you and your team have to be in it for the long haul.

    However, there are specific and effective things you can do right now that really will make your company culture just a bit more awesome. Best part is, you’ll see results right away.

    So start today, in honor of International Day of Awesomeness! Here are eight ideas of what your HR team and your employees can do together to celebrate:

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  • Easter Ham Gift Certificates Say ‘Thank You’ to Staff

    Easter Ham Gift Certifcates by gThankYou.

    Easter Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are a meaningful, easy way to thank employees and celebrate springtime in your workplace.

    Springtime employee recognition is essential to re-engaging your workforce and buffering against the distractions that summer and warmer weather inevitably bring. It’s also the perfect time to celebrate first-quarter accomplishments and set the stage for the remainder of the year.

    Easter is April 16. Let gThankYou help you make employee gift-giving easy so you can spend time on what’s really important — engaging with and sharing your sincere appreciation to your staff.

    Why Celebrate Easter in the Workplace?

    Because it’s a family holiday with themes of renewal, gratitude and new beginnings that everyone can appreciate, regardless of religious affiliation. Like at Christmas, we can share in the joys of the cultural and non-religious aspects of Easter: the Easter Bunny, painting and hiding colorful eggs, visiting family, celebrating spring.

    The traditional Easter Ham is the centerpiece to the family Easter celebration.

    “Just as sure as small children will hunt colored eggs and refrains of Peter Cottontail will lodge in your head, a ham will be front and center on most American tables this Easter,” according to Boston Globe correspondent Sally Pasley Vargas.

    The tradition of sharing “pink, salty-sweet slices of cured pork, slathered in a sticky glaze” dates back to at least the sixth century, Pasley Vargas writes.

    Easter provides your company an occasion to share a workplace gift that’s both meaningful and family-friendly — a Gift Certificate for the centerpiece to the holiday meal! Your employees will value your contribution and enjoy sharing it with family and friends.

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  • It’s Almost Spring! Time for Easter Employee Appreciation

    Plan now for Easter employee appreciation — it’s a celebration of spring renewal and gratitude that everyone can embrace and enjoy.

    Now’s the time to start your Easter employee appreciation planning! Easter is April 16 this year.

    Why thank employees at Easter?

    Besides being a widely celebrated family occasion, it’s a springtime holiday with cultural, non-religious traditions that will appeal to everyone.

    Country singer Reba McEntire famously said that Easter is important to her because “it’s a second chance.”

    Easter employee appreciation is a great idea, regardless of employee religious affiliation, because it generally marks the beginning of spring and the sense of renewal and gratitude that accompany the new season.

    Easter also coincides this year with Passover.

    In a diverse workplace where the majority of employees may not be Christian, focus on the secular aspects of Easter. Put employee accomplishments and community first!

    Read on for five reasons to include Easter employee appreciation in your spring planning this year.

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