Learn to write a Thanksgiving message to employees without the same old clichés and platitudes — a Thank You letter that truly communicates your appreciation and embodies your unique company spirit!
gThankYou’s FREE eBook “Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving” teaches how to do exactly that, with step-by-step instructions to guide you and lots of inspiring real-life examples.
With just a few weeks to go to Thanksgiving, now’s the time to craft a Thanksgiving message to employees to share in holiday cards or on your company intranet or website, or to share in person at the annual holiday party.
However you share it, the message it sends is important.
Showing gratitude to employees is finally getting the recognition it deserves as a tool for motivation and engagement.
Gratitude connects workers to the organization and its purpose. Gratitude lets them know why their hard work matters — and encourages them to keep it up.
Sharing and receiving gratitude is also good for our health, lowers stress and helps us get along better.
“As Thanksgiving approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to gratitude — at home and in the workplace. Studies suggest that expressing gratitude may focus your mind to notice gratitude more frequently,” TalentCulture founder Meghan M. Biro writes.
Quite simply, the more you express gratitude, the better you feel and the better others around you feel. And that, Biro writes, has a powerful effect in the workplace, where “expressing gratitude and being on the receiving end can be an effective morale booster and motivator.”
According to a Glassdoor study Biro cites, 80 percent of employees are willing to work harder for an appreciative boss.
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New research shows companies with clear, top-down communication have happier employees and are more profitable — and, at the holidays, nothing sends a clearer message of gratitude from the boss than corporate turkey gifts.
The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey sends a clear message from management to recipients. It’s a valued, family-oriented and practical token of gratitude.
Sharing corporate turkey gifts says, “We’re grateful you’re part of our company family.”
Plus, all gThankYou Gift Certificates come with free gift cards for recipients! Our FREE Enclosure Cards come in a wide variety of designs to fit your company culture. We can add your company logo and custom message — all free!
Corporate turkey gifts from gThankYou aren’t just appreciated at Thanksgiving. They’re also perfect to share at Christmas, New Year’s or as employee recognition gifts any time of year.
Corporate Turkey Gifts: A Clear Message of Gratitude
A new Siegel+Gale survey shows that at “simple” organizations, 95 percent of employees are more likely to trust leadership. Employees at these companies also said that being innovative is easy, that they were likely to refer job candidates to their company and that they intended to stay at their jobs longer.
In turn, these companies are more profitable.
What makes an organization “simple”? How communication is shared and received in the workplace is key. A HR Dive analysis explains:
“Simple” organizations may be best described as less bureaucratic than most. Clear communication is passed along from company leaders to employees quickly and more effectively when there are fewer barriers to obscure the message.
Specifically, the communication style that works best is “clear, top-down” and transparently connected to the organization’s “purpose and business goals.”
At successful companies, employees hear feedback directly from management. The appreciation they receive connects them to the greater purpose and goals of the company.
This type of clear communication is essential at the holidays. Study after study shows what employees want most isn’t a year-end cash bonus but sincere appreciation from management.
A turkey is the very symbol of gratitude, the centerpiece to every Thanksgiving meal. The turkey centerpiece evokes childhood memories, time with family and friends, and giving thanks together.
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gThankYou’s new, updated Ultimate Employee Gift-Giving Guide has fresh case studies, more resources and the latest research in HR management – the perfect resource for planning holiday employee gift-giving and recognition efforts for the new year.
Originally released in 2013, our popular Gift-Giving Guide has been updated with new insights to fit the rapidly changing landscape of employee rewards and recognition.
Our Ultimate Employee Gift-Giving Guide isn’t called “ultimate” for nothing! It has practical tips for choosing and sharing employee gifts, but it also includes in-depth tutorials in creating an overall workplace culture of appreciation.
Ultimately, understanding appreciation and how to apply it in the workplace is the first step to sharing meaningful gifts with employees. It’s the foundation for a happy, productive and loyal workforce.
Gratitude as a management technique is finally getting the research and attention it deserves.
“The practice of gratitude — and its close sibling, appreciation — has started to infiltrate workplaces,” according to a recent HuffPost article from the Greater Good Science Center.
Research into workplace gratitude has so far linked it to more positive emotions, less stress and fewer health complaints, a greater sense that we can achieve our goals, fewer sick days and higher satisfaction with our jobs and our coworkers.
Much of this gratitude research is just from the past few years, so we’ve added it to our updated Ultimate Employee Gift-Giving Guide.
“Building on — and even getting out in front of — the existing research on gratitude at work” is crucial, according to the Greater Good Science Center. Reports from early adopters of gratitude research insights “suggest that 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.”Read More
What’s a meaningful yet simple way to share your Thanksgiving gratitude with employees? Thanksgiving Gift Certificates!
The centerpiece to the Thanksgiving feast is a symbol of gratitude and family togetherness going back generations. It’s America’s oldest tradition — and a practical gift everyone appreciates and enjoys sharing with family and friends.
Thanksgiving Gift Certificates from gThankYou can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole turkey (or whole or half ham), at virtually all major groceries nationwide. Our Gift Certificates redeem as Manufacturer Coupons.
What will really make a lasting impression is sharing your sincere message of “Thanks” along with your Thanksgiving Gift Certificate.
The ‘Uplifting Charm’ of Thanksgiving Gratitude
As 2017 comes to a close, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the year and express appreciation for all your staff’s hard work. Thanksgiving was created for sharing gratitude!
In a newspaper column this week, editor Ben Bromley praises the simplicity of Thanksgiving.
“There is beauty in simplicity, and grace in gratitude,” Bromley writes.
Thanksgiving is underrated, and it’s time we “give Thanksgiving its due.”
“Ever since the Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered to break bread and give thanks for the harvest, there has been a quiet, uplifting charm to the holiday,” he writes.
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Employee gifts in general are on the uptick as a retention strategy in a tight labor market, according to the nationwide ASI Corporate Gift Giving Study.
Customization and personalization also “continue to be major factors in gift choices,” the study found.
Employees want practical gifts they can use, like food and gift cards, and appreciate a gift that has a personalized message.
gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude for popular food items, like a Thanksgiving turkey or holiday ham, come with free customizable, personalized Enclosure Cards in dozens of designs, as well as free cookbooks.
gThankYou Gift Certificates are redeemable at virtually all major groceries nationwide, adding to their convenience and practicality.
At the heart of it, your company’s holiday employee gifts should express appreciation and build relationships.
“The majority of companies reported that expressing appreciation is the primary goal of giving gifts … closely followed by relationship development,” the ASI study concluded.
Employees want to feel valued and personally thanked — and nothing says “Thank You” at the holidays like a meaningful gift certificate for food. It’s easy to redeem, when and where the recipient wants, and it’s accompanied by a heartfelt message of gratitude. gThankYou Gift Certificates are holiday employee gifts that the whole family can enjoy!Read More
Happy Halloween! It’s the perfect holiday for dressing up, eating candy, carving pumpkins and having some workplace fun.
But in all the fun, don’t forget a key element: recognizing and thanking employees. It really is the secret to planning effective and worthwhile fun activities in the workplace.
A report released this week shows many companies have their priorities mixed up when it comes to engaging employees with workplace fun. What employees actually want doesn’t always match what employers think they want.
The report is based on a survey by HR systems firm Sage People. It asked workers for opinions on various workplace benefits and conditions.
Quirky perks like a job-site ping pong table got a resounding “meh” from employees. Meanwhile, 72 percent of those surveyed said that feeling valued and recognized is what they value most when it comes to their day-to-day work experience.
“The research reveals that while many companies invest in quirky benefits to keep staff happy, employees aren’t impressed,” the report concluded.
Does this mean ping pong tables, games and fun activities don’t belong in the workplace? Not at all! Having fun at work builds creativity, engagement and teamwork.
But it isn’t reasonable to install a pool table in the break room and expect employee engagement to automatically go up.
Perspective, and a culture of appreciation, must come first. That means a) listening to employees, and b) incorporating appreciation into day-to-day work as well as special celebrations and activities.
Of the employees surveyed by Sage People, a whopping 42 percent said they have never been asked by their employer what they believe would improve their work experience.
“The findings show a disconnect between the benefits employers provide and what employees want. This failure to listen is costing businesses in the form of reduced productivity levels and a disengaged workforce,” the report says.Read More