• How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees

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    Ever notice how people save and collect the holiday cards they receive? A holiday message of gratitude is memorable and meaningful. (Photo via slgckgc, Flickr)

    Learning how to write a Thanksgiving letter to employees can be a transformative experience — for you, your staff and your company.

    Take it from Brian Buffini, founder and chairman of the real estate training and coaching firm Buffini & Company.

    In a recent column for Entrepreneur, Buffini writes about why sharing Thank You notes “should be as automatic as brushing your teeth.”

    Buffini got the idea early in his career to write 10 notes a day to people he’d recently met, to business contacts and friends, or simply to those who came to mind.

    Note-writing has been part of his routine over a quarter century. He writes thousands of notes in any given year.

    “I’m a prolific note-writer to my clients, staff, family and friends. I firmly believe that the cumulative effect of all that goodwill over time has been one of the key ingredients for my success,” he writes.

    One of the most important times to show appreciation through notes is at the holidays. At Thanksgiving in particular, we’re naturally drawn to gratitude, expressed and received.

    Learn how to write a Thanksgiving letter to employees with gThankYou’s free guide on writing the perfect holiday Thank You letter. This step-by-step guide teaches all of the basics. It also includes lots of real-life examples written by CEOs and other leaders to inspire you.

    Read on to find out more, and to see how Buffini has helped build his company culture through Thank You notes.

    FREE eBook: How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees

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  • America’s Oldest Tradition: Sharing a Thanksgiving Turkey Gift

    America's oldest tradition – Sharing a Thanksgiving turkey gift

    America’s oldest tradition, sharing a Thanksgiving turkey gift, dates back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621. (Image: Wiki Commons)

    Sharing a Thanksgiving turkey gift with friends in the spirit of gratitude is America’s oldest tradition.

    It dates back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621, when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that lasted three days.

    Historians have no record of the banquet’s exact menu, but according to History.com, the colonists and Native Americans shared fowl and deer with each other at a communal meal, along with corn and other harvest vegetables.

    Turkey became a Thanksgiving staple “so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday.”

    The practice of sharing a Thanksgiving turkey gift with family, friends and neighbors has endured ever since that first feast, making it America’s oldest tradition.

    Now, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation.

    “The essence of Thanksgiving has remained the same for almost 400 years and gratitude … is the watchword of the day,” according to Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of “Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience.”

    Kirkpatrick spent years researching the history of Thanksgiving for her book.

    We asked Kirkpatrick to explain the Thanksgiving turkey gift tradition — and how it also came to be a tradition in the workplace.

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  • Guide to Buying Corporate Turkey or Ham Gifts

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    Corporate Turkey or Ham Gifts from gThankYou let recipients choose between two favorite holiday centerpieces, a Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham.

    Corporate Turkey or Ham Gifts from gThankYou let recipients decide which holiday centerpiece is best for their family.

    A turkey or a half or whole ham?  It’s their choice!

    gThankYou! Corporate Turkey or Ham Gifts are Manufacturer Coupons, good only for a whole turkey or half or whole ham – any brand, size and preparation, and are redeemable at virtually all major grocery stores nationwide. They have no cash value and can not be used to buy any other merchandise.

    Concerned about the tax implication of your employee holiday gifts? Learn the difference between Turkey Gift Certificates, Gift Cards and Gift Checks and consult with your company tax expert.

    All gThankYou! Gift Certificates have long expiration dates, so recipients can save their holiday vouchers for a New Year’s celebration or Easter ham if they like.

    Best of all, thank you cards for your gifts are on us!

    gThankYou offers Enclosure Cards in dozens of designs to fit your company culture and the season or holiday you’re celebrating. Our Cards can be personalized with your message and can even include a company logo. We send you a proof to approve and include them free with your purchase. Along with your certificate gift, it’s the perfect way to express your appreciation.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up fast! After Halloween, you have just a little over three weeks to put together your holiday corporate Turkey or Ham Gift program for your workplace.

    But don’t worry: gThankYou has you covered with same day shipping and customized logistics for large companies and multi-location organizations. Give us a call and we will customize a plan that works for you – 888-484-1658.

    Let gThankYou help you be an office hero this holiday season!

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  • 5 Halloween Contest Ideas for the Workplace

    Halloween contest ideas for the workplace - pumpkin carving contest

    Need Halloween contest ideas for engaging employees? Start planning now. (Photo via Eric Steuer, Flickr)

    Need Halloween contest ideas for the workplace? It’s not too late! You still have plenty of time to plan something fun and engaging for employees.

    Your instincts to celebrate Halloween in the workplace are spot-on. Halloween is an active, hands-on holiday and popular with people of all ages. A record 179 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween this year.

    Halloween “brings out the creative side in all of us, no matter what age, and allows everyone to show off and have a good time in any way they choose,” Rachel Farley writes in an Ogemaw County Herald editorial.

    It may seem like fun and games, but done right, Halloween contests and other activities feed workplace creativity and team-building.

    Creativity is crucial in the workplace, according to Forbes: “Creativity is rapidly shifting from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ quality for all types of successful organizations — from delicatessens to design firms.”

    Any risks involved with celebrating Halloween in the workplace, like inappropriate costumes or practical jokes taken too far, are easy to avoid by planning ahead and putting guidelines in place. (A good place to start to make sure you’re setting the right rules is AZBigMedia’s helpful blog post on celebrating Halloween in the office without consequences.)

    Embrace Halloween! Your employees (and customers) will be glad you did.

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  • Why Choose Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers?

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    America’s business leaders choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and vouchers for Thanksgiving and holiday employee appreciation. Shouldn’t you?

    If you are looking to share a holiday turkey gift with employees or customers, skip the logistic hassles of distributing frozen turkeys and share gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers instead.

    What’s the difference between turkey gift certificates and vouchers? Nothing! A “voucher” is just another term for gift certificate.

    When it comes to workplace turkey gifts, companies choose gThankYou Gift Certificates. We’re America’s favorite choice for Turkey Gift Certificates, Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates and other popular food gifts – perfect for holiday-time or anytime employee and customer appreciation.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any brand, size and preparation of whole turkey — Butterball®, Norbest®, Smithfield® or any other brand from major grocery stores in the U.S.

    gThankYou Gift Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons which are only good for a specific item (such as a whole turkey), have an expiration date and provide no cash or residual value. They cannot be deposited in the bank or used to buy other merchandise.

    Be careful not to confuse turkey gift certificates and vouchers with gift checks or gift cards.

    Gift cards, allow recipients to buy any store merchandise. Butterball® Gift Checks, and other holiday gift checks, can be deposited into a bank account or used to buy any merchandise.

    If you are looking to restrict your holiday gift to a Turkey, choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates.

    (If you are concerned with the tax implications of employee gift-giving, please consult with your accounting or tax professional.)

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  • How to Engage Transportation Workers

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    Learn how to engage transportation workers to increase retention and reliability and improve customer service. (Photo via teosaurio)

    Learning how to engage transportation workers in your industry is key to increasing retention and reliability, keeping workers happy and improving overall customer service.

    Retention and an aging workforce are challenges for the trucking industry in particular, according to FleetOwner.

    “As the ‘traditional’ make-up of the U.S. truck-driver population is rapidly aging and heads for retirement, new efforts must be made to attract younger and ‘non-traditional’ candidates to the job of piloting commercial vehicles for a living,” Sean Kilcarr writes for FleetOwner.

    The potential for automation in long-haul trucking is making current employees nervous about their long-term prospects and adding to an overall feeling of being undervalued and under-appreciated.

    Meanwhile, drivers continue to be in demand.

    “This work is undervalued even though it’s absolutely crucial to the economy,” writes truck driver Ryan Haney in a review of the new book, “The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream.”

    “As a truck driver myself, I know that so much of what we do is far too complicated to be replaced by technology any time soon. We do a lot more than just hold a steering wheel,” Haney writes.

    This feeling of under-appreciation isn’t limited to truckers. School bus drivers, among other school employees, are not getting enough acknowledgement or feedback, according to a survey of engagement in K-12 education.

    Engaging workers who are constantly on the move takes commitment, creativity and planning. Read on for inspiration and 5 ways to reinvigorate your engagement efforts.

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