• Easter Ham Gift Certificates Say ‘Thank You’ to Staff

    Easter Ham Gift Certifcates by gThankYou.

    Easter Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are a meaningful, easy way to thank employees and celebrate springtime in your workplace.

    Springtime employee recognition is essential to re-engaging your workforce and buffering against the distractions that summer and warmer weather inevitably bring. It’s also the perfect time to celebrate first-quarter accomplishments and set the stage for the remainder of the year.

    Easter is April 16. Let gThankYou help you make employee gift-giving easy so you can spend time on what’s really important — engaging with and sharing your sincere appreciation to your staff.

    Why Celebrate Easter in the Workplace?

    Because it’s a family holiday with themes of renewal, gratitude and new beginnings that everyone can appreciate, regardless of religious affiliation. Like at Christmas, we can share in the joys of the cultural and non-religious aspects of Easter: the Easter Bunny, painting and hiding colorful eggs, visiting family, celebrating spring.

    The traditional Easter Ham is the centerpiece to the family Easter celebration.

    “Just as sure as small children will hunt colored eggs and refrains of Peter Cottontail will lodge in your head, a ham will be front and center on most American tables this Easter,” according to Boston Globe correspondent Sally Pasley Vargas.

    The tradition of sharing “pink, salty-sweet slices of cured pork, slathered in a sticky glaze” dates back to at least the sixth century, Pasley Vargas writes.

    Easter provides your company an occasion to share a workplace gift that’s both meaningful and family-friendly — a Gift Certificate for the centerpiece to the holiday meal! Your employees will value your contribution and enjoy sharing it with family and friends.


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  • It’s Almost Spring! Time for Easter Employee Appreciation

    Plan now for Easter employee appreciation — it’s a celebration of spring renewal and gratitude that everyone can embrace and enjoy.

    Now’s the time to start your Easter employee appreciation planning! Easter is April 16 this year.

    Why thank employees at Easter?

    Besides being a widely celebrated family occasion, it’s a springtime holiday with cultural, non-religious traditions that will appeal to everyone.

    Country singer Reba McEntire famously said that Easter is important to her because “it’s a second chance.”

    Easter employee appreciation is a great idea, regardless of employee religious affiliation, because it generally marks the beginning of spring and the sense of renewal and gratitude that accompany the new season.

    Easter also coincides this year with Passover.

    In a diverse workplace where the majority of employees may not be Christian, focus on the secular aspects of Easter. Put employee accomplishments and community first!

    Read on for five reasons to include Easter employee appreciation in your spring planning this year.


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  • Grow Workplace Positivity One Compliment at a Time

    It's easy to build workplace positivity! Take advantage of World Compliment Day and Employee Appreciation Day to share your sincere thanks.

    It takes just a few minutes a day to build workplace positivity with compliments. Start today — World Compliment Day!

    Building Workplace Positivity

    Workplace positivity grows through appreciation and, specifically, great compliments. Start practicing today, World Compliment Day, to get ready for Employee Appreciation Day later this week.

    Held annually on March 1, World Compliment Day has its origins in the Netherlands.

    World Compliment Day is not commercially oriented, “so everyone can afford to participate,” according to a history at WorldComplimentDay.info. It “simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. … And therein lies its power.”

    Hans Poortvliet, a Dutch recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands, points out that compliments cost nothing but have a huge impact.

    “Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation,” Poortvliet says. Ultimately, if every person pays a compliment to at least three people, “we will definitely create the Most Positive Day in the World!”


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  • 3 Mini-Case Studies in Employee Appreciation

    Share your heartfelt thanks this Employee Appreciation Day!

    Celebrate genuine workplace gratitude and teamwork for Employee Appreciation Day on March 3. (Photo via AFGE, Flickr)

    Employee Appreciation Day is this Friday, March 3. To get ready, we combed the news for case studies in effective, original employee appreciation to inspire your efforts.

    What makes a good employee appreciation program?

    Hppy’s infographic Top 10 Best Workplace Incentives has three criteria for worthwhile employee appreciation.

    First, it reduces turnover. Watching coworkers quit in frustration is demoralizing. It feeds gossip and unhappiness among staff and slows down productivity.

    Unappreciated, stressed-out employees will eventually seek happiness elsewhere, “joining the 2.7 million people who quit their jobs each month,” according to Hppy. “And as any HR professional knows, turnover is the bane of corporate existence. It takes at least 20 percent of a person’s salary to replace them — not to mention the time and energy you’ll spend conducting interviews and reading applications.”

    Second, it saves money — but maybe not immediately: “Many companies hesitate to start incentives programs because of the costs it will incur. But these costs are relatively small compared to the money you’ll save in the long run.”

    Third, it generates good. Ultimately, employee appreciation is “about creating a better workplace — and a better world,” according to Hppy. “Take Facebook: they offer moms and dads four months of paid time off to spend with their new baby, plus pay adoption fees. By supporting parents, Facebook contributes to a more stable, family-oriented society.”


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  • Gallup Report: Time to Reinvent Employee Recognition

    Employee recognition "wake up" call from Gallup

    Gallup’s latest in-depth report is a “call to action” for a more engaged leadership providing ongoing, effective employee recognition. (Photo via COD Newsroom, Flickr)

    Grab your coffee, Gallup is serving business leaders a wake-up call.

    Employee recognition needs to be a top priority, according to Gallup’s massive 2017 State of the American Workplace.

    Experts at Gallup are calling the report a “call to action” for companies, starting with a complete overhaul of employee recognition and engagement strategy.

    The old ways of managing employees just aren’t working, and change isn’t optional.

    Released last week, the 214-page report is Gallup’s first comprehensive survey of the U.S. workplace in four years. Gallup bases its research on data collected from more than 195,600 U.S. employees, 31 million respondents through Gallup’s Q12 Client Database, and insights from Fortune 1000 companies.

    It’s a lot of data to unpack — but it’s incredibly useful. The report gives HR leaders and managers an in-depth look at how they’re doing across the board. It’s not a rosy picture.

    If you’ve been following Gallup’s excellent month-to-month workplace research, some of the report’s data won’t be surprising. Engagement numbers are still dismally low — only 33 percent of American workers are engaged at their jobs, and productivity continues to decline. More than half are looking for work elsewhere.

    But the report also provides new data and insights into why employees aren’t more engaged or productive. Again and again, the data points to a need for more engaged leadership and much better employee recognition.

    The once-a-year model of employee recognition just doesn’t cut it anymore.


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