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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!
Employee Christmas gifts are the perfect way to share end-of-year gratitude and strengthen manager-employee relationships.
Choose gThankYou Gift Certificates for popular grocery items like Turkey, Ham, or Turkey or Ham for your employee Christmas gifts this year! It’s a practical, convenient and appreciated way to celebrate the season and your employees at the holidays.
All gThankYou Gift Certificates can be redeemed at major grocery stores nationwide, at the time that’s right for your recipients, for any brand of the product specified. Orders ship same day so you can have your gifts as soon as possible.
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 customized, personalized gift Enclosure Cards — FREE.
Christmas gifts for employees, accompanied by a heartfelt note of thanks, sends the right message to employees — that you value your relationship with them and are pleased they are on your team. They’ll start off the new year feeling supported and appreciated.
A new study conducted by Ultimate Software shows a need for better manager-employee relationships in the workplace. Read on to learn how appreciation plays a role in relationship-building.
gThankYou’s popular Employee Appreciation Calendar for 2018 is here!
We’ve updated our annual day-to-day appreciation calendar with lots of new topics, new case studies and even more holidays and reasons to celebrate! Download your free copy of our “2018 Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar” and jump-start your employee engagement and appreciation planning for the New Year.
Appreciation is a major factor in workplace happiness and functionality. And employees are more likely than ever to leave their company if they don’t receive it.
According to the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley, 66 percent of employees would leave their companies if they did not feel appreciation — up from 51 percent in 2012.
Everyone wins when company leaders prioritize employee appreciation.
“Recognizing the benefits we receive from others makes us happier and healthier, enhances trust and loyalty, and encourages people to connect and invest in the workplace,” writes Greater Good’s Amie M. Gordon.
Sounds great, right?
The challenge is finding ways to consistently and authentically show appreciation, day in and day out. Vowing to thank employees more often is a good start, for example, but it isn’t specific enough to be an actionable goal.
gThankYou’s 2018 Employee Appreciation Calendar helps you identify your company’s specific needs and develop a plan to share gratitude throughout the year (not just at the holidays or annual appreciation dinner). Ultimately, the goal is a happier workforce, higher retention and bigger profits.
Read on for a sneak peek at what our 2018 Calendar has in store for you!
Christmas Ham Gifts for employees are thoughtful tokens of gratitude that spread holiday cheer, evoke childhood memories and create new memories!
A gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate from gThankYou Employee Gifts is a meaningful yet convenient way to share Christmas Ham Gifts in your workplace.
Our Ham Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole or half ham, at major grocery stores across the U.S. They work as Manufacturer Coupons similar to cents-off Coupons.
Our holiday Gift Certificates have long expiration dates, so your recipients can redeem their Certificates all the way through spring and Easter!
Plus, gThankYou’s Christmas Ham Gifts come with FREE Enclosure cards so you can easily include a message of gratitude with your gift. Our Enclosure Cards come in dozens of designs and can be personalized and customized just the way you want — all free. View our Winter Holiday Enclosure Card Catalog for design options and details on customization.
A big ham is a holiday treat most of us only get once or twice a year. Many of us can still describe in detail the delicious ham our grandma or grandpa used to bake for the family growing up.
It’s a holiday meal centerpiece that brings back memories and nostalgia — and inspires us to pass on the tradition.
As a workplace gift, a Christmas ham sends the message that you care about your employees and want them to have a special holiday. Read on for five great stories about why we love Christmas Ham Gifts!
Holiday Gift Certificates from gThankYou are a practical, convenient and appreciated way to show your seasonal gratitude to employees and customers at the holidays.
A gThankYou! Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificate — or any of gThankYou’s Gift Certificates for popular food items — can be redeemed at major grocery stores nationwide, at the time that’s right for your recipients.
Recipients can redeem their Holiday Gift Certificates for any brand, any size and any preparation of a turkey, ham or other item specified.
Plus, you won’t need to worry about finding holiday cards to accompany your gifts at the last-minute. All gThankYou Holiday Gift Certificates come with your choice of customizable “Thank You” Enclosure Cards — FREE.
Don’t miss this opportunity to show appreciation in your business at this important time of year!
As TalentCulture’s Jason Lauritsen writes, work is a relationship, not a contract. And the #1 relationship-builder is appreciation.
No matter what holiday traditions your employees and customers celebrate, gratitude is the theme of the season. Your sincere thanks, accompanied by gThankYou’s Holiday Gift Certificates as tokens of gratitude, sends a strong message that you value your relationship with each and every one.
“Decades of employee engagement research have been trying to tell us something incredibly important and simple,” Lauritsen writes. “To create an organization where employees will be fully engaged and committed means rethinking everything about the work experience. It means redesigning the work experience to function like a healthy relationship.”
Acceptance, communication, support, commitment and time are all key to relationship-building in the workplace, according to Lauritsen.
But appreciation tops the list.
“As human beings, we crave acknowledgement and validation. In our relationship with our employer, we need to know that we are seen and our work is noticed. Not just when it’s deemed important or when we go above and beyond,” he writes.
Read on for ideas of gThankYou Holiday Gift Certificates to share in your workplace this holiday season!
Do an internet search for “choosing the right employee holiday gifts” and you’ll find story after story about bosses who made the wrong choice.
Usually these anecdotes of bad holiday gifts include branded clothing in the wrong size or something too personal or potentially inappropriate, like perfume or alcohol.
It’s easy to get disheartened and opt for what seems like the easy choice: cash.
But, as Inc. columnist Rebecca Hinds writes, “gifts of cash have little more impact than lumps of coal.”
It’s not that your holiday cash bonus won’t be appreciated — it will — but nothing can replace a thoughtful, meaningful token of gratitude that you’ve chosen for employees to enjoy.
What makes a great employee gift is the gratitude you share with it.
And there’s more to sharing gifts than passing them out. Employee holiday gifts count most when shared in a workplace culture that values appreciation. Sharing your employee holiday gift is a priceless opportunity to share your appreciation for your team’s hard work, contributions and loyalty to your business.
The good news is that insights like these make choosing employee holiday gifts easier. Choosing holiday gifts to share with employees should be rewarding and simple!
Read on for the latest research on workplace gifts and appreciation to help you choose your company’s employee holiday gifts this season.
Prioritizing employee gratitude helps keep holiday stress from hijacking your workplace.
Fun activities with a focus on wellbeing, appreciation and making social connections are the antidote to the kind of stress that can distract employees and derail productivity over the holiday season.
“Keeping employees engaged and healthy is particularly difficult during the holiday season. The weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year offer a lot of challenges when it comes to productivity, illness and work performance,” Forbes contributor Alan Kohll writes.
Ironically, when stress takes over, we stop doing the things that help keep stress at bay — like exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and engaging in meaningful social connections.
“When employees are over-stressed or dealing with hectic schedules, they tend to drop healthy habits and become disengaged with their work,” Kohll writes.
That’s why it’s so important for management to lead with gratitude and model healthy behaviors, especially during vulnerable times like the holidays.
“It may feel counterintuitive, but the holiday season could be the best time for employers to double down on employee wellbeing,” Kohll writes. “By recognizing the holiday season and all the joy — and stress — it can bring to employees, employers can help reduce any extra pressures around the office and keep employees motivated to finish the year strong.”
Simply acknowledging that the holidays can be stressful lets employees know that you understand what they’re going through. Take it a step further and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts this month, too.
#GivingTuesday is this week, and it’s the perfect time to kick off a month of gratitude activities for the holiday season in your workplace.