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Building employee loyalty is worth the time and effortLoyalty in the workplace looks different now than it did a generation ago. Staying at one job with one employer for your entire working life and retiring with a gold watch is far from today’s norm. While employees are more apt to change jobs after just a few years, creating a workplace where there is mutual respect and trust can bring out the best in all of your employees – from Millennial to Baby Boomers. Even if an employee doesn’t spend many years working for you, maximizing the relationship you have with them through engagement, appreciation and support is paramount to the success of your business.Read More
Conventional wisdom suggests sharing workplace “Thank You’s” as close to possible to the act that you are thanking colleagues for. But that’s not always possible, especially in a busy workplace.
Another approach is to use a traditional holiday like Thanksgiving, a year-end celebration or an annual event such as National Thank You Month in January as a prescribed time and opportunity to show gratitude to your hard-working team.
Perhaps your New Year’s resolution at work (and at home) was to make sure those around you feel appreciated. Maybe you had every intention of conveying that gratitude back during National Thank You month. But things got hectic and suddenly it’s spring. It would be a mistake let the embarrassment over the amount of time that has passed be the reason you don’t thank or acknowledge someone.
Well done, that gratitude is still meaningful and important to recipients.
Spring is here, and World Health Day is April 7 — two good reasons to set employee wellness goals this month to support and engage healthier habits in your workplace!
Most employees aren’t even aware of the wellness benefits their company offers. According to the Transamerica Center for Health Studies 2017 Consumer and Employer surveys, 62 percent of employers say they provide employee wellness programs — yet only 40 percent of employees say their organizations offer them.
“The survey isn’t the first source to show a disconnect between how employers and workers view their wellness programs,” HR Dive noted. A 2017 Willis Towers Watson survey showed 81 percent of employers said their wellness programs were meeting workers’ needs, but 61 percent of employees disagreed.
“There’s clearly a disconnect between employers and workers over the effects of wellness programs — a real problem in a time when wellness programs can vary so widely,” according to HR Dive.
You could be offering the best medical benefits and wellness perks in your industry, but if no one even knows about them, it’s a major missed opportunity at employee engagement and recognition.
Better communication, more effective tools and targeted rewards are key to making sure employees are not only aware of your workplace wellness program but eager to participate in it. Some companies, in particular hospitals, are even adding a chief wellness officer position to their C-suite to elevate the discussion of employee wellness to the executives’ table. Companies appointing this new position “anticipate not only happier employees but also improved patient experience and outcomes,” according to HR Dive.
If your company is looking to boost its wellness programming, there’s no better time to start than now. Spring brings warmer temps for outdoor fitness activities and more in-season options for healthy eating initiatives.
Plus, several upcoming observances, like World Heath Day on April 7 and Employee Health & Fitness Month in May, are just the boost your workplace may need to rejuvenate employee wellness goals.
Did you recently receive a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate? Congrats! We hope you love sharing your ham gift with family and friends. Redeeming your Certificate is easy. Just choose any major grocery chain store in the U.S. and you’ll be enjoying your delicious holiday ham in no time!
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An Easter ham gift from gThankYou allows your recipients to shop locally for their holiday ham, for the size and preparation of ham they want. Plus, all gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates come with free, customizable “Thank You” Enclosure Cards so you can share your holiday greeting in style!
Spring is here! Celebrate with employees with an Easter ham gift. It’s easy, practical and appreciated.
Celebrating milestones with employees is a valuable way to honor accomplishments and share gratitude. This includes work milestones, like a good sales month, and personal milestones, like birthdays.
But it also includes the milestones we mark together: holidays.
Even if your employees and customers don’t celebrate Easter religiously, they’ll appreciate the secular aspects of the holiday.
Easter celebrates the new season, rebirth and new beginnings. It’s the perfect chance to look back in gratitude at the progress your team has made so far this year and look ahead to recommit to goals for the rest of 2018.
Employee happiness is the natural result of a recognition-rich culture that engages everyone.
In a truly happy workplace, no one gets left behind, even new hires and remote staff.
International Day of Happiness is Tuesday, March 20. This year’s theme is “Share Happiness” — a focus on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.
We need it! The U.S. ranks 18th among the world’s countries, with an average life satisfaction of around 6.88 on a scale of 10, according to a United Nations report.
“While that may be relatively near the top, America’s happiness figures have actually declined every year since the reports began in 2012, and this year’s are the lowest yet,” writes George Ward, a PhD researcher at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and co-author of the new book “The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being Over the Life Course.”
In an article this week for the Conversation, “Why Americans are unhappier than ever — and how to fix it,” Ward addresses employee happiness directly.
“Not surprisingly, the world of work has a huge influence on our happiness as adults, providing not only income but also important social interactions as well as routine and purpose. The leading drivers of a satisfying work life include job autonomy, work-life balance and the quality of social interactions with coworkers and managers,” he writes.
Employee happiness “is not a luxury, but can make for a more profitable business environment,” he adds.
Brighten up the last few weeks of winter with these employee team-building ideas for Pi Day on March 14!
Pi Day — not to be confused with National Pie Day, our other favorite excuse to enjoy pie — is a 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 typically rounded up and shortened to 3.14, so the holiday is celebrated on March 14. And 3.14 backwards spells … you guessed it, P-I-E. As PBS describes it, “Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers.”
Pi Day is for the rest of us, too. Everyone loves pie, and even the math-phobic among us can get excited about numbers games and other related activities.
Take advantage of this holiday to engage employees as a break from work and a chance to get to know each other better.
Or, if your workers deal directly with math and numbers — for example, employees in retail or sales — ask them to play numbers-related games or participate in a fun math challenge related to their work.
Bottom line: everyone gets to enjoy a nice slice of pie.
Read on for fun ideas to celebrate your team this Pi Day.
International Day of Awesomeness is today, Saturday, March 10. Celebrated every year for the past decade, it’s the perfect excuse to have a little workplace fun!
“An acceptable level of fun is rarely defined when companies speak of their corporate culture,” Adam Gale writes for Management Today.
But a company’s attitude to workplace fun is “constantly role-modelled.”
“You can see from the senior leadership how long it’s okay to spend chatting in the kitchen (five minutes is fine; an hour probably not) or how far non-work conversation or jokes at your desk are okay,” Gale writes.
Workplace fun isn’t just for downtime on the job.
It’s also role-modelled in leadership’s attitude toward the work itself and toward the more mundane aspects of workplace life, like onboarding, compliance paperwork, health benefits and safety education.
“The pre-ghost Scrooges out there may grumble that work is simply not supposed to be fun,” Gale writes. But, “as with many things, it’s about finding a healthy balance,” and that takes good management.
Read on for ideas on celebrating workplace fun wherever it’s needed — on International Day of Awesomeness, or any day.
Your business depends on loyal, happy customers — show them the gratitude they deserve with an Easter customer appreciation gift, party or promotion, or a combination of all three!
Thanking customers at holidays is just good business, according to the Small Biz Trends’ article “5 Simple Strategies to Improve Holiday Sales Promotions.”
“Saying ‘Thank You’ is a fine way to show your appreciation to someone you’ve done business with. It sends a clear signal to your customers that you’re looking forward to continuing and building on the relationship that you’ve established with them,” writes Etai Elizur, COO at content marketing agency Inboundjunction.
“Moreover, saying ‘Thank You’ gives you the perfect opportunity to offer special holiday deals that would be of great interest to loyal customers.”
Effective Easter customer appreciation builds on your business relationship, lets customers know you value their business, and shares in the rejuvenating spirit of the Spring season.
“A holiday event gives your business an opportunity to create intimacy and reserve a moment with your customers,” according to Entrepreneur. “When you invite customers to a special event, you’re building relationships the old-fashioned way — with personal, face-to-face contact.”
Read on for Easter customer appreciation ideas for a seasonal “Thank You” customers will remember all year — while still easy and affordable for you.
Didn’t plan ahead for Employee Appreciation Day which occurs the first Friday in March? Or are you just looking for anytime employee appreciation ideas to help you and your team brainstorm for the coming months?
We’ve got you covered!
First, don’t worry that you haven’t planned ahead. A big appreciation dinner that takes months of planning — with catered food, entertainment and party games — can be a treat for employees, but it’s far from the only way to thank employees for their hard work.
In fact, spontaneous “Thanks!” are just as important. Everyday expressions of gratitude show employees that their efforts are noticed day in and day out, not just once or twice a year.
It gets to the heart of why employee appreciation is so meaningful: it communicates to staff that leadership is paying attention to them and cares about their performance. A few words of recognition from leadership mean a lot to rank-and-file employees, particularly in a distributed workforce, where face time with the C-suite is infrequent or nonexistent.
Bottom line: people love to be noticed for what they do. Everyday appreciation is a reminder that their work matters.
“Saying ‘Thank You’ encourages a gracious, polite and civilized workplace,” writes ChicagoNow’s Scott Huntington.
Over time, thanking employees fosters a culture in which gratitude is shared frequently and effortlessly. And that has a real business impact: 78 percent of employees say they would work harder if their efforts were better appreciated, according to Limeade.
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Easter ham gifts for your employees, special customers and others in your workplace are the perfect springtime gift to show your appreciation and celebrate the new season!
gThankYou has you covered with affordable, easy-to-share Easter Ham Gift Certificates. Plus, all our Gift Certificates come with free Enclosure Cards, including Easter and Spring-themed designs.
Redeeming gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates is simple: our Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons, just like the cents-off coupons we all use, so recipients choose the ham they want and redeem their Certificate at checkout just like a Manufacturer Coupon.
A gThankYou! Ham Certificates is good for any brand, any preparation and any size of full or half ham. Recipients choose what’s right for their family and celebration.
Eating a ham at Easter is a tradition going back hundreds of years, as far back as the sixth century. It’s the centerpiece to a big family meal that marks new beginnings and a new season. Your gift will be at the center of the dining table, a delicious symbol of your gratitude!
Easter will be here before you know it. Order your workplace ham gifts now so you can focus in the weeks leading up to Easter on thanking employees and sharing your gifts in a meaningful way.
After all, the best part of sharing gifts is how you share them, and the gratitude you show recipients. Let gThankYou take care of the logistics!
Employee Appreciation Day is always the first Friday of March.
Why celebrate it? Jared Weitz, founder and CEO of United Capital Source LLC, puts it bluntly this week in a Forbes column on why employee appreciation should be a top priority.
“If you aren’t making a conscious effort to let employees know how much you appreciate them, your employees are not performing to the best of their ability,” he writes.
It’s really as simple as that.
And the solution to a disengaged, under-performing workforce is simple, too: start by saying “Thank You” more, and recognizing small achievements.
In the end, it’s about how you make employees feel. And everyone responds positively to appreciation and encouragement.
“What’s one of the few things every successful person has in common? Confidence,” Weitz writes. “If you want your employees to perform shortly after recruitment, it’s your responsibility to build up their confidence with outward encouragement and appreciation. …. They will remember the lengths their leader went to make them feel confident for the rest of their careers. And, when a daunting task comes their way, they will feel up to the challenge thanks to their knowledge that, in their leader’s eyes, they are the very best at what they do.”
What better time to commit to a more gratitude-filled workplace than Employee Appreciation Day? Take time in the coming days to get inspired, take notes, brainstorm with colleagues and reflect on ways to show appreciation to your team.
Your Employee Appreciation Day party-planning doesn’t need to be extravagant, expensive or time-consuming — what matters most to employees is hearing a heartfelt, honest “Thank You” directly from company leaders. Read on for inspiration to get started.
Civility in the workplace is quickly becoming a topic of concern among HR leaders. The more it’s studied, the clearer it is that civility is not just a matter of “being nice.”
It’s an important part of everyday company culture.
The opposite of civility — incivility, or rudeness — is on the rise and has devastating consequences, we’re learning. Science Daily calls incivility in the workplace “the silent epidemic.”
New research shows that incivility, even a little bit, even when it’s not directed at you, can derail job performance.
“Witnessing rudeness in the morning can hurt a person’s job performance all day” and diminish the person’s ability to do their best work on a longer-term basis, according to a Wall Street Journal article this week, “The Big Impact of a Little Rudeness at Work.”
This finding comes from a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, adding to “a growing body of research showing the serious costs of rudeness,” the Wall Street Journal’s Heidi Mitchell writes.
Worse, incivility “is as contagious as the common cold.”
Fortunately, the flip side of that is true, too. Positive social behaviors like expressing gratitude, showing kindness or compassion and building workplace friendships spread just as quickly and have the power to transform not only an individual’s day but eventually an entire organizational culture.
Read on for the latest thinking on civility in the workplace and how to make your workplace kinder, one interaction at a time.
Kindness in the workplace is a big part of cultivating a happy, engaged workforce. What better time to celebrate it than this week during Random Acts of Kindness Week?
The theme of #RAKWeek2018 is “Who’s your one?” — as in, Who’s the person who starts the chain reaction of kindness in your life? Just one kind person can spread kindness across an entire team or community.
This year, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, a nonprofit organization started in 1995 in Denver, is inviting everyone to tell a story about “that one person who inspires you to be a better human being.”
It could be a friend, parent, child, sibling, teacher, coach, teammate, mentor or coworker — anyone who inspired you in your life in a big way, or just brightened your day for a few minutes.
“We all have someone who has gone above and beyond to show us kindness; someone who shifts our perspective, helps us through painful moments or inspires us to be kinder in our daily lives,” according to the RAK Foundation website.
The workplace may not be the first place we think of kindness. Research shows it is often the last place we express gratitude to one another.
Increasing kindness in the workplace is a worthwhile pursuit, according to Liz Jazwiecis, author of Eat That Cookie!: Make Workplace Positivity Pay Off … For Individuals, Teams and Organizations, in the ReliablePlant blog post “5 Ways to Start a Kindness Revolution at Work.”
“For many, the workplace is where kindness goes to die,” Jazwiecis says. “It is impossible to think that our lack of kindness doesn’t affect the work environment. The reason most people leave jobs is either because of their boss or their coworkers. Trust me, kindness can make a difference with team members.”
After all, she says, “You are all working toward the same goals.”
Looking for some inspiration for spreading kindness in the workplace? We scoured the news for inspiring stories of kindness in the workplace, just in time for #RAKWeek2018 — but, really, kindness never goes out of style.
A new Harvard Business Review article on “human leadership” is food for thought not only on engaging employees but on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the workplace.
The takeaway? Skip the romance, keep the candy. Focus on activities that build or celebrate compassion, friendship and kindness. (Incidentally, this week is Random Acts of Kindness Week!)
The authors of the HBR article “Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings?” are organizational strategists with the mindfulness-training company Potential Project.
They lead with a quote from Javier Pladevall, CEO of Audi Volkswagen of Spain: “Leadership today is about unlearning management and relearning being human.”
True leadership, the authors argue, emerges from “our abilities to form personal and meaningful bonds with the people whom we lead.”
“This is truer now than ever, as millennials are becoming the majority population in most companies. Millennials are not satisfied with only a paycheck, bonus, and benefits. They want meaning, happiness, and connectedness, too,” they write.
Potential Project’s organizational strategists aren’t the only ones calling for more connectedness.
A kinder, more human workplace is the top workplace trend in recent times, according to Forbes contributor Dan Schawbel.
“Companies will continue to promote their workspaces and design them to facilitate interpersonal relationships between employees,” Schawbel predicts. “Leaders who encourage personal connections will have more committed, satisfied and productive workers.”
When it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day in the workplace, this new style of leader recognizes that employees are eager for more meaningful connections — and Valentine’s Day is a chance to focus on a different kind of love: the “companionate love” we feel for our coworkers, team and customers.
Read on for ideas on how to put the “human leadership” perspective into action on Valentine’s Day in the workplace, or any day for year-round employee engagement.
National Pie Day is Jan. 23. It’s the perfect opportunity to start off the year right with a sweet “Thank You” gift for staff or customers: gThankYou! Pie Gift Certificates.
Pie Gift Certificates from gThankYou are good for any brand of pie, cake, cheesecake or similar items — fresh from the bakery section or frozen. Recipients redeem their Pie Certificates at major grocery store nationwide.
Coincidentally, January is National Thank You Month — and nothing says “Thank You” like pie.
Pie is the traditional all-American treat, “as American as apple pie.” We share pies at the holidays, on picnics, at parties and as a special treat. Besides being a delicious indulgence, pie means something. Making a pie is a labor of love. Pie symbolizes togetherness, love, comfort and family. Pie has healing powers.
And, everyone loves pie! It’s a thoughtful gift that is appreciated by all.
National Pie Day isn’t your only chance coming up to enjoy and share pie — National Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant π, or “pi,” is Wednesday, March 14. (It’s a math celebration, but mathematicians love pie too!)
There’s a pie for everyone! Don’t believe us? Read on for delectable examples of how gThankYou! Pie Gift Certificates can be redeemed.
Happy New Year! Is thanking employees more frequently on your management team’s list of resolutions?
How about a “Thank You training”? Make it a company resolution this year to train managers in the art of thanking employees!
January is National Thank You Month. This year, do more than resolve to thank people more. It’s time to recognize that showing appreciation isn’t just a nice-to-have soft skill but integral to successfully managing a team.
A recent HR Dive Spotlight on workplace culture includes a focus on meshing training with company culture.
“Walk into just about any company that says it prioritizes culture and you’ll see it in everything, from the casual dress code to the cool furniture. But can the same be said for training and professional development?” writes HR Dive’s Tess Taylor.
“To an up-and-coming generation of talent, what and how you teach them has a great deal of importance,” Taylor writes.
It’s not enough to include a line in the new-hire training manual about how your company values employee appreciation. To meaningfully demonstrate your company’s commitment to a culture of gratitude, managers need coaching in how to build that culture.
3 Benefits to Teaching the Art of Thanking Employees
Don’t assume that managers understand the value of employee recognition, or have the skills to communicate appreciation effectively and sincerely. Many managers aren’t hired or promoted based on people skills, but on other skills and expertise related to the job.
Employee recognition training at its best teaches managers why recognizing and thanking employees is so vital to engagement and productivity.
Companies that focus on the ‘why’ of learning often have training programs that are far better aligned with their cultures, according to HR Dive.
“Companies will get better performance from employees when they spend more time helping people understand the essence of what they do and focus on the experience of why they can benefit from doing things a certain way,” WalkMe president and co-founder Rephael Sweary tells HR Dive.
Three core benefits emerge from teaching managers the art of thanking employees:
We hope you have a peaceful and happy holiday celebration. Whether you’re spending the holidays with family, friends or colleagues, we hope it’s a time of gratitude and joy.
With the end of 2017 upon us, we’re reflecting on our gratitude for our customers, our Certificate recipients, our email subscribers and blog readers, and our hard-working team!
As a token of our appreciation, we’re sharing several of our ebooks to help you through the holiday season and plan for an engaged and productive New Year — all FREE.
Redeeming your gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate is easy!
For the best service, we recommend choosing a traditional chain grocery store such as Kroger, Safeway, Shop-Rite, Publix or other similar types of grocery stores in your area.
Redeem (and enjoy!) your Ham Certificate today — or whenever works for you. Your holiday gift is good through the end of April of next year. You get to choose when to enjoy your gift and where to redeem it. It’s all up to you!
Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to redeem your Ham Gift Certificate from gThankYou.
It’s not too late to order Turkey or Ham Gifts for Christmas for your workplace!
gThankYou! Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates allow you to give recipients the practical and appreciated gift of a holiday turkey or ham to share with family and friends.
And gThankYou offers same day shipping so your Christmas gift can arrive as soon as tomorrow!
Not only are gThankYou Gift Certificates fast and convenient, they’re a meaningful gesture of gratitude that your workplace will love. A Gift Certificate for a turkey or a ham for Christmas provides a holiday meal centerpiece — without the stress of handing out actual frozen turkeys or hams.
Our Turkey or Ham Gifts can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole turkey, or whole or half ham, at major groceries nationwide. gThankYou Gift Certificates redeem as Manufacturer Coupons, similar to the cents-off coupons everyone is used to.
Plus, you won’t need to worry about finding Christmas cards to accompany your gifts at the last-minute. All gThankYou Gift Certificates come with your choice of customizable “Thank You” Enclosure Cards — FREE.
Celebrate the Power of Holiday Gratitude in Your Workplace
Gratitude is essential to your holiday gift-giving — and sharing gratitude is revolutionary in the workplace, according to the Greater Good Science Center (GGCC) at the University of California at Berkeley.
Thanking others is disruptive “in the realm of hierarchies and promotions, where everyone is trying to get ahead and may be reluctant to acknowledge their reliance on — or express emotions to — their coworkers,” writes GGCC’s Kira M. Newman in the article, “How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace.”
Recent research shows “building cultures of gratitude and appreciation can transform our work lives, leading to deeper connections to each other and to the work we’re doing.”
One mindfulness expert jokes that gratitude is a “gateway drug” because it’s a pathway to other emotional skills, like emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion and forgiveness. Other benefits include less stress and fewer health complaints, fewer sick days, higher satisfaction with our jobs and a greater sense that we can achieve our goals.
“Grateful employees — as well as employees who receive more gratitude — also perform more ‘organizational citizenship’ behaviors: kind acts that aren’t part of their job description, like welcoming new employees and filling in for coworkers,” Newman writes.
Thinking of gratitude as a culture-building practice is helpful because gratitude isn’t transactional. Once gratitude starts getting shared within an organization, it spreads: givers and recipients alike want to pass on the good feeling. Together, these interactions build a culture of gratitude.
Key to building an organizational gratitude culture are leaders who prioritize and embrace gratitude in their communication, according to Newman.
That’s where meaningful gifts, like the gift of a holiday turkey or ham come in. Don’t miss the opportunity to express gratitude at the holidays with a heartfelt message of thanks and a practical token of gratitude that employees will value.
“Gift exchange is a major part of celebrating the holidays,” according to South University researchers, and “the whole act of gift-giving can offer psychological benefits.
“Giving a gift is a universal way to show interest, appreciation, and gratitude, as well as strengthen bonds with others.”
gThankYou makes workplace gift-giving easy, convenient and flexible. Read on to find out how!