• 5 Ways to Thank Administrative Professionals

    Be sure to thank Adminstrative Professionals this Week!

    Don’t forget to thank your receptionists and other office support employees during Administrative Professionals Week! (Photo via Byron Villegas, Flickr)

    Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Administrative Professionals Day is April 26, but many businesses celebrate all week. Be sure to thank administrative professionals in your organization; even if it’s just a personal “Thank You,” you’ll make admins feel valued and appreciated.

    According to the International Association for Administrative Professionals (IAAP), there are more than 22 million administrative and office support professionals in the United States.

    “Administrative Professionals Week celebrates and sheds light on administrative professionals’ devoted, valued work,” the IAAP states.

    Chances are, your organization depends on the organizational help of admins to run smoothly — or run at all!

    Your Administrative Professionals Week celebration doesn’t need to be fancy. Your gratitude for employees is what counts.

    At Ridge Crest Elementary in Idaho this week, for example, the school’s administrative staff was honored with cake and Thank You gifts. But the school principal’s public announcement of appreciation was the most important part of the celebration.

    “The school secretaries have the most important job in a school … [their] welcoming smiles communicate to parents and students that Ridge Crest is a place of love and respect. I could not ask for better help in the front office. They are the heart and soul of my school,” he said.

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  • 5 Fun, Easy Employee Activities for Earth Day

    Easy activities for Earth Day - Get everyone involved!

    Plan easy, fun employee activities for Earth Day — such as recycling bottles to raise money for charity like these Cydcor employees are doing! (Photo via Cydcor, Fickr)

    Earth Day is April 22 — did it sneak up on you? No worries, we’ve got last-minute ideas for fun, easy employee activities for Earth Day!

    Everyday employee engagement is built through rewarding, everyday activities. Even the simplest team-building activities can energize and bring people together.

    And celebrating Earth Day in the workplace isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for people, too — and your business, according to USA Today columnist Steve Strauss, a lawyer specializing in small business and entrepreneurship.

    Some benefits are obvious, as Strauss writes in a recent USA Today column.

    Reusing and recycling are money-savers, there are tax benefits for going green, and green practices are good branding and popular with consumers.

    But there are other benefits that are more behind-the-scenes.

    “Healthier work environments work better,” Strauss writes. “According to the Green Business Bureau, there is a 20 percent decrease in number of sick days for companies that actively promote a healthier workplace.”

    Last but not least, “going green will boost employee morale,” he writes. “Having a green workplace is increasingly an important consideration for employees. In-demand millennials especially will appreciate your efforts.”

    Read on for employee activities for Earth Day that are fun for your staff and easy for you to coordinate. You may even be inspired to make Earth Day every day!

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  • How to Cultivate a Joyful Employee Experience

    How do you cultivate a joyful employee experience for your team?

    Is joy possible at work? YES! Help create a joyful employee experience for your team. (Image via AJ Cann, Flickr)

    Joy isn’t an emotion we typically associate with the workplace — but it should be! Cultivating a joyful employee experience is the kind of investment that results in long-term engagement.

    Focusing on employee experience is gaining traction as the new, more sustainable way to tackle low engagement.

    “Inside of most organizations around the world, employee engagement has simply become a way to force employees to work in outdated workplace practices while giving them perks to make them happy,” author Jacob Morgan writes for Inc.

    A perks-focused strategy is “a short-term adrenaline shot designed to boost the annual employee engagement scores,” but it won’t have lasting impact without a more holistic approach.

    “Instead,” Morgan writes, “organizations are shifting to employee experience, which is the long-term organizational design that creates new workplace practices around people.”

    Base your employee experience on building, creating and choosing joy. A joyful employee experience is key to a productive and happy workplace culture.

    In a commencement speech to 4,700 students at the University of California at Berkeley last year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg brought up the practice of joy. It’s vital to resilience and overcoming failure, she said.

    “In the face of any challenge — you can choose joy and meaning,” she said. “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it … In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

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  • 12 TED Talks to Inspire Better Workplace Culture

    Ted Talks to build better workplace culture

    Want a better workplace culture? Get inspired first by pioneers like software titan Stephanie Shirley, pictured here. (Photo via Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

    Want to build a better workplace culture? Join the club. The way we work is changing, and companies are scrambling to catch up.

    “The necessity of workplace culture is a recent phenomenon,” according to a column in The Commentator. “It’s clear that in order to attract, retain and engage the modern workforce, companies must intensify their focus on improving company culture.”

    That’s because employees in all industries now are expecting work that is meaningful and engaging — and to be appreciated for it, beyond a paycheck.

    Employees are also “pushing employers to forego traditional structures,” according to Gallup research.

    But change isn’t happening fast enough for most workers. Two-thirds of U.S. workers still aren’t engaged at work, a figure that hasn’t budged much in years.

    Don’t be discouraged! Watch these TED Talks for fresh ideas and new perspectives on building a better workplace culture through better leadership, motivation, appreciation, mindfulness, creativity and more. You’ll feel re-engaged and inspired to share and cultivate improvements to your workplace. Rediscover how easy it is to make a difference.

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  • Holidays that Boost Employee Wellbeing: ‘Walk to Work Day’

    Employee wellbeing starts with simple things such as encouraging colleagues to walk to work.

    Celebrate Walk to Work Day and other health-focused holidays throughout the year to boost employee wellbeing.

    Walk to Work Day and other regular health-focused celebrations help promote employee wellbeing year-round in the workplace.

    Held every year on April 7, Walk to Work Day is an easy opportunity to educate employees on the benefits of regular exercise. (It’s also World Health Day!)

    Walking to work has environmental benefits, too.

    “The heart of Walk to Work Day isn’t just based in our physical and emotional health, but actually concerns itself with the health of the planet as a whole. Prevention magazine promoted this holiday in 2004 and it was quickly picked up by the US Department of Health and Human Services,” according to DaysOfTheYear.com.

    Walking to work — even part-way, for employees who commute long distances — has benefits that can directly boost employee wellbeing and build workplace productivity, performance and culture.

    Benefits of a walking habit include better mood and increased creativity, metabolism, mindfulness and motivation, according to the Prevention article “7 Incredible Results You’ll Get From Walking 30 Minutes a Day.”

    Walk to Work Day is just one of many unofficial holidays throughout the year that are perfect for promoting employee wellbeing. HR experts are calling 2017 “the year for wellness” — read on for more health-focused holidays and to find out what makes a high-value employee wellbeing program.

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  • Ham Or Turkey Gift Certificates for Easter Gratitude

    Ham Or Turkey Gift Certificates by gThankYou – Delight Everyone this Easter season!

    gThankYou! Ham Or Turkey Gift Certificates make it easy to share your Easter gratitude!

    It’s not too late to order your gThankYou! Ham or Turkey Gift Certificates to share with employees for Easter.

    Celebrating Easter and the joys of spring with your staff is a breeze with gThankYou!

    Our Ham or Turkey Gift Certificates provide flexibility and convenience for both you and your recipients, plus they’re a thoughtful and meaningful gift that show you care. In addition to our popular Ham or Turkey Gift Certificates, thank employees for any occasion with gThankYou Gift Certificates for a variety of grocery staples and treats.

    gThankYou! Ham Or Turkey Gift Certificates - Meaningful, affordable and convenient!

    gThankYou! Ham Or Turkey Gift Certificates – Meaningful, affordable and convenient!

    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.

    gThankYou! Ham or Turkey Gift Certificates are good for any brand of whole turkey or any brand of whole or half ham.

    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.

    Your gThankYou! Ham Or Turkey Gift Certificate Needs a Thank You Card - We've got you covered with dozens of designs you can personalize.

    Choose from dozens of designs and share your personal message of appreciation. We even include your logo – all Free!

    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. It’s not too late to order in time for Easter! 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.

    Easter in the workplace is about celebrating hope, family and the changing of the seasons — and, most importantly, your gratitude for employees.

    Surprise your staff with a gift they’ll be able to use right away and enjoy with family: a gThankYou! Ham or Turkey Gift Certificate.

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