• Employee Appreciation Gifts for Easter & Spring

    Share employee appreciate gifts this spring! Tuck a gThankYou Gift Certificate in a spring basket and delight your workplace!

    Surprise your employees with employee appreciation gifts for Easter and Spring. One idea: tuck a surprise into an Easter basket!

    Surprise your staff with employee appreciation gifts from gThankYou to celebrate Easter and the joys of spring!

    gThankYou Gift Certificates make it easy, affordable and meaningful to thank employees at the holidays or anytime.

    Available in a range of values from $5 to $30, gThankYou Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any Brand of merchandise from virtually any chain Grocery Store in the U.S.

    Your employees will appreciate the freedom to choose the brands they like, when and where they would like to shop. gThankYou Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons that are redeemed at checkout just like other cents-off coupons.

    gThankYou Gift Certificates are also convenient for you. They’re just the right size to include in a payroll or quarterly mailing, tuck into an Easter gift basket, or share in person with a big smile, firm handshake and sincere “Thanks!”

    Plus, all gThankYou Gift Certificates come with free personalization and your choice of free, custom Enclosure Cards — including card designs to accompany Easter, Spring and Summer employee appreciation gifts!

    Order today online or by calling 855-407-9025. Nearly all gThankYou orders ship the day they are received, with delivery as soon as the next business day. Interested in large-volume discounts or worried about making a specific deadline? Call 855-407-9025.

    Read on for employee appreciation gifts of gThankYou Gift Certificates to fit every occasion this spring.

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  • 8 Everyday Ways to Grow Workplace Happiness

    Easy ways to grow workplace happiness

    Stop, and smile often! Even quick mindfulness exercises can increase workplace happiness. (Photo via Lorie Shaull, Flickr)

    Do you and your team need a workplace happiness boost? Time to find new ways to strengthen and grow workplace happiness!

    Today is International Day of Happiness! In celebration, make a commitment to increase the happiness levels at your company this spring.

    We spend at least a third of our lives at work, according to Lifehack, and “this can be a scary fact for some to face.”

    “Because so much of your life is spent at work, a huge deciding factor in your wellbeing is whether or not you’re happy at work,” Lifehack’s Matt Valentine writes.

    With the right conditions and practices, we all should be able to derive a sense of joy from our work, feel connected to it and believe that we’re making a positive impact on some portion of the world, however small.

    But, as Gallup research continues to reveal, this isn’t the reality for most Americans. The majority of American workers aren’t engaged in or committed to their work.

    “Gallup research shows that for a few select managers, naturally engaging their teams to be their best every day comes so instinctively they don’t even realize they’re doing it,” according to a Gallup blog post on creating everyday engagement.

    “But there is hope for the rest of us,” Gallup’s Jake Herway and Jeremy Pietrocini write. And it’s worth pursuing: “Top teams that address engagement needs in their everyday work outperform bottom teams by an average 20 percent in sales and 10 percent in customer engagement.”

    Growing everyday workplace happiness takes some effort — it means asking the right questions, empowering employees to do their best and taking time daily to engage and appreciate employees. Read on for easy tips to inspire your own workplace happiness transformation.


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  • Building Employee Happiness, the Mister Rogers Way

    Building employee happiness the Mister Rodgers Way

    Fred Rogers delighted children for decades on television, but we can still learn from him as adults about workplace leadership and building employee happiness. (KUHT, Wikimedia Commons)

    Fred Rogers delighted children for decades on television, but even as adults we can learn and be inspired by his legacy for better workplace leadership and building employee happiness.

    Employee happiness is on our minds these days because International Day of Happiness is this Monday, March 20.

    It’s also Mister Rogers Day — or “Sweater Day,” an effort to get people everywhere to wear Rogers’ trademark cardigan in honor of the beloved children’s entertainer and his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Rogers would have turned 89 this March 20.

    Generations of children grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1963 to 2001. Watch the show intro and see if that music (written by Rogers, by the way) brings back a wave of nostalgia.

    “He spoke to children like grown-ups, and helped them tackle topics such as anger, trust, honesty, courage and sadness,” Jonathan Merritt wrote in a posthumous profile of Rogers in The Atlantic.

    Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood pushed beyond surface-level entertainment and instilled children with a sense of joy, peace and kindness. Researchers who compared viewers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with viewers of Sesame Street even found that Fred’s fans developed a greater level of patience.”

    Mister Rogers, Won’t You Be My Boss?

    Rogers was also, unsurprisingly, a thoughtful boss.


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  • 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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