• Make Every Day “Say Something Nice Day” at Work

    Celebrate "Say Something Nice Day" this June 1st.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!

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  • Banish Monday Office Blues with #MondayMotivation

    #MondayMotivation is as easy as a smile

    A little smile goes a long way to make Mondays better #MondayMotivation #ItDoesntCostAnythingTo (Photo via Ben Smith, Flickr)

    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!

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  • Turkey Vouchers and Ham Gifts for Grilling Season

    Try Our Turkey Vouchers and Ham Gifts This Summer!

    Turkey Vouchers and Ham Gifts for Grilling Season.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 brandany 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.

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  • Why and How to Start Building a Healthy Workplace

    A healthy workplace is a happy workplace!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.

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  • Recognize and Retain Hospitality Industry Employees

    Recognize and Retain Hospitality Industry Employees with Engagement, Appreciation and Frequent Recognition.

    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.

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  • One Great Trick to Show Appreciation for Administrative Staff

    Show appreciation for administrative staff with a heartfelt, thoughtful note of thanks!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.

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  • How to Really Thank a Teacher (According to Teachers)

    Thank a teacher today! It's National Teacher Day!

    Learn how to really thank a teacher – from teachers themselves!

    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.

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  • Five Easy Ways To Celebrate Your Nursing Staff

    Celebrate your nursing staff this week in honor of National Nurses Week!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.

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  • Insights into Building Employee Loyalty

    Secrets to Building Employee LoyaltyBuilding employee loyalty is worth the time and effort

    Loyalty 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.

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  • Workplace “Thank Yous” Are Important, Even Belated

    Workplace "Thank You's" are an easy way to help employees feel valued and appreciated.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.

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