Halloween team building in the workplace engages employees at a time when they are open to having fun and expect opportunities to engage with co-workers.
Download gThankYou’s new “Halloween Team Building Guide” — a one-page PDF that highlights 20 time-tested exercises, games and activities for Halloween team building to help you engage your staff in a meaningful celebration.
Best of all, it’s FREE — our Halloween treat for you!
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays all year, according to Harris poll. In many ways, it marks the beginning to the holiday season. Many of your employees want to celebrate Halloween at work — and they will.
That’s where many HR pros get nervous, and rightly so. A Halloween free-for-all puts your workplace at risk for inappropriate costumes and other liabilities.
But instead of trying to suppress Halloween celebrations, see the holiday as an opportunity to engage and have some workplace fun consistent with your culture.
“From the employer’s perspective, you just need to prepare and communicate so that you and your employees are on the same page about appropriate behavior at work,” according to The Balance’s “How to Make Halloween Safe and Fun in Your Workplace.”
Halloween team building — from party games to charity work — brings people together and encourages positive morale among employees. It focuses everyone’s Halloween excitement on teamwork, creativity, gratitude, camaraderie and giving back.
It’s an opportunity for you and your management team to set the right tone, and for “executives and senior staff to mingle with the rest of the staff so approaching the senior leaders in the future might not seem so scary,” according to The Balance.
Plus, if your company is hosting kid-friendly fun, “Halloween also provides the perfect setting for the families of your employees to see the workplace where Mommy or Daddy spend most days.”
No matter how your team works — on a factory floor, in an office, in retail or sales, at an outdoors construction site, even remotely or on the road — gThankYou’s “Halloween Team Building Guide” has ideas for engaging everyone.
Download yours free today and start planning now for a fun, productive and inspiring Halloween in the workplace!Read More
What’s the best gift for dedicated but busy employees at the holidays? Turkey gift vouchers!
Everyone appreciates the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey, but busy employees don’t have time to deal with lugging a frozen turkey home from work — especially if they don’t have freezer space for it right away.
Employees want a gift that works with their schedule.
The same goes for your management team. Save your team from the logistics nightmare of coordinating purchasing, storage, transporting and distributing frozen turkeys.
Turkey gift vouchers are the solution! gThankYou turkey gift vouchers offer all the benefits of a meaningful Thanksgiving gift of a turkey — without the hassle and headache.
gThankYou’s turkey gift vouchers are Manufacturer Coupons redeemable for any brand of whole turkey, at virtually any grocery chain store in the U.S.
Your recipients choose the size and preparation of turkey they want for their family — when and where they would like to shop.
Gift-givers love the convenience of sharing an employee holiday turkey gift that can be delivered easily in person, fit in a holiday or payroll mailing, or tucked into a gift basket. Recipients love the flexibility to choose the brand and size turkey they want as the centerpiece to their holiday celebration.
Plus, all turkey gift vouchers from gThankYou come with free Holiday Enclosure Cards — choose from dozens of designs for Thanksgiving or the winter holidays, personalize with your holiday message of gratitude and even include your Company logo — all free!Read More
What is more essential to drive employee motivation — rewards and recognition, or engagement?
Both, according to employee motivation expert Paul Herr. You don’t have to choose!
Instead, “combine the best of both worlds by extrinsically rewarding managers who become skilled at pressing the motivational ‘buttons’ (of employees)” — in short, using extrinsic rewards to turn on intrinsic rewards.
Herr explores this innovative approach to employee motivation in his recent Incentive Research Foundation paper, “Using Behavioral Economics Insights in Incentives, Rewards and Recognition: The Neuroscience.” You can download the paper here.
If your employees landed a major financial windfall tonight, would they still show up at work tomorrow?
Unfortunately for most of us, money will always be a factor in where we choose to work. But when you take money out of the equation, there are other things that might make us keep coming in day after day. When we care about what we do — and the people with whom we do it — work has its own rewards.
For a huge percentage of Americans, however, this is far from the case. According to the most recent Gallup polling data, nearly 51 percent of American workers are “not engaged” at work, while over 17 percent are “actively disengaged.”
These “not engaged” workers, Gallup says, “…show up and kill time, doing the minimum required with little extra effort to go out of their way for customers. They are less vigilant, more likely to miss work and change jobs when new opportunities arise.”
The “actively disengaged” are even worse. As Herr puts it, they hate their jobs and see their employers as “the enemy.”
A “disengagement epidemic” is plaguing American employers, Herr says. His goal as a researcher is to help businesses find the cure and boost employee motivation — for good.Read More
What’s the difference between Turkey Gift Certificates vs. Gift Cards and Gift Checks?
Looking to share the gift of a turkey in your workplace this holiday season? Be sure to understand the differences between Turkey Gift Certificates vs. Gift Cards and Gift Checks to choose what’s best for your employees and customers.
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 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.Read More
Fall is here, and that means the holiday season is just around the corner. We’ve got employee appreciation ideas to help you sail through 4th Quarter — from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s!
Appreciation should be an everyday workplace communication goal.
Continuous conversations and feedback are the #1 megatrend in HR and business today, according to a Globoforce white paper.
“Annual performance reviews are an outdated model — a relic of old HR processes,” the white paper states.
In the place of these annual performance reviews, HR is moving toward a model of “continuous conversations” and ongoing check-ins that “align employees behind organization priorities.”
That’s where employee appreciation comes in. It’s essential to this new model of engagement.
“There will always be the need for constructive feedback to help guide employees. But the heavier concentration for feedback should veer toward the positive, celebratory side of the spectrum, which is the proven way to elevate performance and meet employees’ high-level needs,” according to Globoforce.
That’s right — the HR experts at Globoforce are giving us license to celebrate more, share more gratitude and have more fun at work!
But if you’re in charge of planning and organizing all those activities, it may seem daunting and like … more work.
The good news: building an everyday workplace culture of employee appreciation and gratitude doesn’t have to be a grind. We’ve got tips and employee appreciation ideas to inspire you through the end of 2017 and beyond.
Commit now to ringing in 2018 with a happier, more engaged culture at your company.Read More
Enclosure Cards are always free with any purchase of gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude.
Choose from dozens of holiday-themed and everyday gratitude card designs and give us your personal message for recipients along with your company logo (if desired). We create a proof for you to approve and include the cards — 3″ x 4″ and printed on high-quality card stock — with your order. And it’s all FREE!
But more importantly, a “Thank You” card is essential to sharing your Thanksgiving gratitude with employees.
Your workplace gifts need a clear, thoughtful message of “Thank You” anytime of year, but especially at Thanksgiving. Let your staff know how much you appreciate them. Thanking employees costs nothing yet means so much.
gThankYou’s Thanksgiving Enclosure Cards make it easy and convenient to send that meaningful message.
Download the new Autumn and Thanksgiving Catalog to see our new designs along with dozens of popular favorites for communicating your appreciation this holiday season. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your Turkey Gift or Turkey Or Ham Gift.Read More