• Ring in the New Year! The Best Staff Appreciation Gifts for 2017

    Start the new year right with staff appreciation gifts everyone enjoys!

    Ring in 2017 and celebrate the successes of 2016 with staff appreciation gifts! (Photo via glasgows, Flickr)

    2017 is just days away! Staff appreciation gifts for the New Year are the perfect way to celebrate the successes of 2016 and get energized for what’s ahead.

    New Year’s is widely celebrated and non-religious, making it a good choice for a workplace celebration.

    “Focus on thanking employees for a successful year and encouraging the same enthusiasm and dedication to the company for the approaching New Year,” according to the SHRM article “HR Pros: Make Year-End Celebrations Inclusive.”

    Thanks, a small gift and shared meal were among the most common year-end employee celebration suggestions from HR pros in a recent SHRM poll.

    The New Year is a time of reflection — we look back at the past year and make decisions about how to approach life and work in the coming year. Are you doing this with your employees? It’s a great chance to get motivated and focused together.

    Simply celebrating together is a powerful way to build workplace spirit.

    “Taking a little time to bond socially and relax can benefit your employees and motivate them to keep coming back for more,” Cynthia Measom writes in the Chron article, “5 Things to Motivate Employees in a New Year.”

    What makes a great employee gift for the New Year? Read on for ideas of staff appreciation gifts that communicate gratitude, share in the celebration of company achievements and — most importantly — delight employees!

    5 Staff Appreciation Gifts to Kick Off 2017

    Why share a New Year’s gift in the workplace? Because New Year’s is…

    • celebrated by all.
    • an important milestone.
    • a time of reflection and goal-setting.

    As always, focus on gratitude, however you choose to celebrate and whatever gift you choose for employees.

    We’re all excited by the potential of the New Year and a “clean slate,” but don’t be quick to brush 2016 into the past. Taking time to recognize the wins of the past year is key to motivation and inspiration for the next 12 months.

    Choose a gift that shares in the fun, aspirational nature of the New Year. Here are five ideas:

    1. ‘Happy New Year’ CEO letter

    Any gift should include a short Thank You note or “Thanks” in person, but take it a step further with a longer letter from the CEO or other top brass. Now is a great time to go over what worked well for your business in 2016 and inspire even better results in 2017.

    Don’t know where to start? Download our free ebook on how to write a holiday Thank You letter. You’ll find specific how-to’s and inspiration from real-life examples of CEO holiday letters. (The ebook is geared toward Thanksgiving, but we think the advice is great for writing a New Year’s letter, too!)

    2. Flowers or potted plants for the office

    Bring fresh oxygen into your workplace with bouquets or a few pretty, easy-to-maintain potted plants. During these short winter days, a little greenery and color goes a long way to brighten everyone’s day.

    3. ‘Culture book’

    Take a cue from Zappo’s and create a “culture book” with input from employees. Think of it as a high school yearbook, but for your staff — highlight personal and team achievements from the past year with photos and quotes. Focus on appreciation and on how employees define your company’s unique cultural identity.

    A culture book is a great add-on gift and helps keep your company model alive, relevant and fresh. As Gaping Void points out, culture is fluid: “Culture isn’t a set of laws. It can’t be imposed — culture is shared.”

    4. End-of-year potluck celebration

    On a budget? Decorate the break room with New Year’s streamers and balloons and host an end-of-year potluck. Provide the plates, napkins, table clothes, utensils, etc., and invite employees to bring their favorite holiday dish. If budget allows, share a $5 gift certificate for candy or ice cream with each employee. Have management talk about the year’s successes and challenges and what to look forward to in the year ahead.

    5. Treats for staying healthy in 2017

    Share a gift that encourages healthy habits. It will jumpstart your 2017 wellness initiative and help employees keep their get-healthy New Year’s resolutions. Be sure the tone of your gift is positive, not critical. It should promote healthy eating and staying active, not specifically weight-loss, which could be a downer for someone already struggling to lose weight.

    A gThankYou! Fruits and Vegetables Gift Certificate is a great way to thank employees and help them keep resolutions to eat better in 2017, for example. Even better: when you share the Gift Certificates, bring in a local chef to teach a class on how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into meals.

    Have You Started Your Employee Recognition Planning for 2017?

    “In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru, coach and author

    We have a New Year’s gift for you! Download the gThankYou 2017 Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar. It gives you the tools and inspiration to build a culture of appreciation every day of the year. Download yours today, absolutely free, and get your planning started for the New Year!

    Make a commitment today to better workplace engagement in 2017. Download our just-released 2017 “how-to” planning guide to building an everyday culture of appreciation.

    Click to download your FREE 2017 Guide to Building an Everyday Culture of Appreciation!


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  • Our Holiday Thanks to You: FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook

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    Happy Holidays from gThankYou!

    As you’re preparing for holiday celebrations with family and friends, download our gift to you — a FREE holiday ham cookbook.

    Did you receive a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate or gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate for the holidays? Our ham guide has everything you need to pick and prepare the perfect ham for your family.

    Did you give gThankYou! Gift Certificates for the holidays? Share this link with your recipients so they can make the most of their gift from you!

    We know the thoughtful gift of a family-friendly ham is just the beginning. The joy of your gift continues and multiplies as you prepare your ham and share it with others. Nothing beats the great feeling of sharing a delicious meal with the people you care about!

    What You’ll Find in gThankYou’s FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook

    Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are a gift everyone appreciates!A big ham is a holiday treat that most of us only get once or twice a year. Even if you’re a pro in the kitchen, you may not have a lot of hands-on practice at preparing ham.

    We created our free holiday ham cookbook to be as user-friendly as possible. You’ll find valuable information in it whether you’re a kitchen pro or beginner.

    For starters, we go over what ham is exactly and how to choose the type of ham you want at the grocery store.

    Would your family prefer a dry-cured or wet-cured ham, or city ham or country ham? Our cookbook has easy-to-understand definitions and explanations.

    Plus, it has expert tips every step of the way to make your holiday ham as delicious as possible. You’ll find answers to common questions, such as:

    • What are the pros and cons of bone-in vs. boneless ham?
    • How do I bake (or boil, smoke, grill or deep-fry) the perfect ham?
    • What does “water added” mean and how does it taste?
    • How much ham should I plan on preparing per person?
    • When do I need to start thawing a frozen ham?
    • What are my options for glazing?
    • How do I carve a ham?
    • What dishes are good for using up leftover ham?

    Ready to begin? Download the gThankYou Free Holiday Ham Guide now — and happy cooking! From all of us here at gThankYou, we wish you a joyful holiday season.


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  • Holiday Ham Gift Certificates: Order Today, Delight Tomorrow!

    Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou make your holiday gift-giving easy!

    Give the gift of a traditional holiday ham! gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates are meaningful, affordable and convenient!

    Need a holiday gift to share with your staff, fast? Order gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates today and get them as soon as tomorrow!

    gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates are good for any brand of half or whole ham and for any preparation, allowing recipients to choose what’s best for their family. And our Gift Certificates can be redeemed nationally at virtually all major grocery chains stores in the U.S.

    Best of all, they’re a quick and meaningful way to show your gratitude at the holidays. With less than two weeks ’til Christmas, we know time is running out — and we’ve got you covered!

    5 Reasons to Order gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates Today

    Here’s why gThankYou customers keep coming back for our Ham Gift Certificates year after year:

    1. Ham Gift Certificates are a crowd-pleaser.

    Everyone appreciates the gift of food during the holidays, especially one that’s the centerpiece to their holiday celebration. It’s a meaningful gift they can share with their families and build memories around.

    2. It’s convenient — for all.

    gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates - the perfect Christmas Ham Gift! Convenient for you: by sharing Ham Gift Certificates and not actual hams, you’ll save your team the hassle of distributing a
    bulky gift that needs refrigeration. All our Certificates fit in standard business-sized envelopes, so they’re easy to send with company holiday mailings or distribute in person.

    Convenient for recipients: Employees love the convenience of being able to redeem their Gift Certificates when, where and how they want!

    3. Large and complex distributed orders are stress-free.

    Have a large order or a distributed workforce? Call us at 888-484-1658 for volume pricing or to discuss your order requirements so we can make your Christmas ham gift-giving stress-free.

    4. Orders ship today and arrive next business day.

    Did you procrastinate on your employee holiday gifts this year? No worries. gThankYou offers same-day shipping so you can have your Ham Gift Certificates as fast as tomorrow.

    Share your Ham Gift Certificates with a personalized Card of holiday cheer and thanks!5. Every order comes with FREE Enclosure Cards.

    All gThankYou orders come with Enclosure Cards that can be personalized with your message of “Thanks” and even include your organization logo — all FREE!

    We have dozens of designs to choose from and for winter holiday inspiration, download our Catalog of Winter Holiday and Christmas Card Designs. Want personalization? We’ll send you a proof of your card so you can be sure it looks just the way you want it.

    Your employees will love the extra surprise at the end of a busy year and start to the exciting holiday season. To order your Christmas ham gifts today, call us at 888-484-1658 or online here.


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  • How Would Santa Choose Employee Holiday Gifts?

    When it comes to employee holiday gifts, who knows better than Santa?

    Still deciding on the right employee holiday gifts? Learn from the ultimate gift-giving pro: Santa Claus!

    Feeling stuck trying to pick the perfect employee holiday gifts to share? You’re not alone — workplace gift-giving can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to it.

    Forget all the do’s and don’ts that are stressing you out and imagine for a minute …

    How would Santa choose employee holiday gifts?

    Santa delights children around the world year after year, right? He’s a gift-giving authority!

    It’s easy to imagine that he would approach workplace gift-giving the same way he does for the millions of children who set out cookies and milk for him, hoping to catch him shimmying down the chimney. (That sneaky Santa — he always manages to fly away on his sleigh before anyone sees him.)

    Great employee holiday gifts are key to building a culture of workplace engagement that motivates and retains star employees. Let’s take a closer look at how Santa would go about choosing and sharing these gifts. Be inspired to jumpstart your company’s holiday gift program!

    7 Santa-Approved Tips for Better Employee Holiday Gifts

    Santa has one gift-giving advantage the rest of us often think we don’t have.

    He knows exactly what millions of children really want. But he’s not a mind-reader. He’s just really good at listening and paying attention.

    And the same can be true for you! Ultimately only you and your team are able to choose the employee holiday gifts that are right for your company. If you’ve been engaging with your staff all year, you know your employees, your company culture and everyone’s favorite traditions. Use this information to your advantage! And follow Santa’s lead.

    So how would Santa choose employee holiday gifts?

    Santa would…

    1. Choose a gift to delight everyone.

    Here’s a quick trick: pick something that’s 1) meaningful and 2) practical. That’s why food makes a great employee gift. It’s meaningful because we associate so much cultural significance with our food and in sharing it. It’s also practical: the holidays are filled with special meals and traditions around food that are shared with family and friends.

    Take milk and cookies, for example. They’re meaningful (Santa appreciates the thought!) and practical (he needs a pick-me-up to get through a long night of gift-delivering).

    2. Want free personalization.

    Remember the thrill of seeing your name on a gift under the tree? Santa loves personalizing gifts and he believes it shouldn’t cost extra, no matter how large your workforce.

    Gift Cards you can customize for your employee holiday gifts3. Include a personal holiday gift note.

    The note that accompanies a gift makes it even more meaningful. Expressing gratitude and holiday wishes is essential in the workplace. It’s important to let your employees know how much you value their hard work. And by celebrating the holidays with them, you’re recognizing them as people first, not just employees.

    4. Choose a gift that’s easy to buy.

    Santa doesn’t have time for gifts that are a hassle. He’s used to delivering millions of gifts in a single night — so efficiency matters to him!

    5. Want overnight delivery.

    Overnight delivery is what Santa does best and he knows how valuable it is for companies. Santa believes overnight delivery should be an option even if you’re ordering a large volume of gifts.

    6. Make sure gifts are easy to deliver.

    Gifts that need refrigeration or complex wrapping or expire within a few weeks? No thanks! Santa is all for workplace gift-giving that’s easy for you (and your employees, too).

    7. Share gifts in the joy of the season and with gratitude for a great year — with a big smile, a twinkle in his eye and hearty “Thank You.”

    Says it all, doesn’t it? Santa delights children the world over because his choice, delivery and presentation of gifts spreads joy. Do the same for your employees!

    We bet Santa would love gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude for a holiday Turkey Or Ham, Groceries, or treats such as Pie and Ice Cream — and we think you will, too!

    You still have time to share holiday gratitude with your exceptional team. Call us at 888-484-1658 or order online; we are happy to help!

    To learn more about gThankYou, watch our “About Us” Video and visit gThankYou today!

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  • Why a Workplace Holiday Party Is Still a Good Idea

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    Plan a workplace holiday party that sets the foundation for a more engaged workforce in 2017! (Photo via USACE-Europe District, Flickr)

    The new comedy “Office Christmas Party” is every HR team’s nightmare of a workplace holiday party gone bad. The movie has every poor-taste cliché going: drunken debauchery, regrettable social choices with bosses and coworkers, and a big mess of property damage to clean up the next morning. It’s enough to make any HR department want to cancel the workplace holiday party, immediately.

    At the same time, we’re reading a lot about the trend of continuous feedback and how once-a-year parties aren’t enough anymore to truly engage employees. But don’t be deterred from celebrating the holidays with employees — as long as you have employee appreciation top-of-mind, it’s a great idea to host a holiday party.

    In fact, celebrations that honor popular holidays and company achievements should be an integral part of year-round employee engagement. In this post, you’ll learn how to plan a workplace holiday party that works for your company and sets the foundation for a more engaged workforce in 2017.

    Throw the Workplace Holiday Party Employees Really Want

    The workplace-gone-wild scenario depicted the movie “Christmas Office Party” makes for good comedy, but in the end, it’s not what employees actually want at the holidays.

    Bottom line: employees want your heartfelt appreciation. If your workplace holiday party doesn’t communicate genuine gratitude, you’re in trouble.

    A workplace holiday party typically goes one of two ways — something the employer has to do, or wants to do, according to writer Jake Kilroy’s Entrepreneur article, “The Nicest Party I’ve Ever Been To: A Christmas Story.”

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    Employees want your heartfelt appreciation. Show it with a memorable workplace holiday party! (Photo by Andrea Allen, Flickr)

    Kilroy reflects on a Christmas party he attended years ago while working for J&M Promotions, a uniform and screen-printing company in California.

    It was a formal affair at an upscale restaurant. The lavish presentation, expensive dinner and generous open bar totally wowed Kilroy and his coworkers, most of whom were young and used to a casual environment.

    But what stood out most to Kilroy was how much his employer wanted to throw the party.

    The company owners “welcomed us like family” at the door and asked employees to write down their favorite holiday memory on a piece of paper.

    Later, after dessert, employees took turns reading aloud a coworker’s name and favorite memory. As an employee’s favorite memory was shared, the company owners invited the employee to get up and choose a wrapped present underneath the Christmas tree in the dining room, in addition to a $50 gift card.

    The J&M Promotions owners worked hard to make it a special party, and it was effective.

    “I had never had such warmth and respect at a job before,” Kilroy writes.

    What makes for a great workplace holiday party? Read on for the three elements of a truly engaging workplace holiday party — keep them in mind and your party is sure to be a welcomed event!


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  • Download gThankYou’s 2017 Employee Recognition Calendar

    Download your 2017 Day-to-Day Employee Appreciation Calendar Now!It’s back for 2017!

    gThankYou is excited to release our employee recognition calendar for the New Year. Absolutely free to download, this day-to-day guide to year-round employee engagement is our holiday gift to you.

    Download gThankYou’s “2017 Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar” today and start building an everyday culture of appreciation in your workplace!

    HR is quickly moving from once-a-year awards dinners and annual performance reviews to a culture of continuous feedback. New research is backing up what successful organizations have known all along — that appreciating employees day in and day out feeds productivity, retains employees and transforms workplace culture.

    Now it’s one of the hottest HR trends for 2017.

    Wondering where to begin?

    In this one-of-a-kind eBook, we give you the tools to educate and inspire you to build an everyday culture of appreciation. Month by month, you’ll find:

    • Case studies, research highlights and expert insights into building a culture of daily appreciation
    • Opportunities for anytime workplace celebrations
    • “How-to” ideas to energize recognition planning
    • Tips for seasonal engagement
    • “Don’t Miss” and “Ready-to-Go” holidays throughout the year

    If you downloaded our 2016 employee recognition calendar, you’ll recognize some familiar features as well as updated stats, new case studies and fresh celebrations to keep your employees engaged and delighted.

    Hit “refresh” on your workplace culture! Download gThankYou’s employee recognition calendar and make 2017 the year you and your team energize your organization.

    With our easy-to-follow employee recognition calendar, you’ll be ready in no time to coordinate a successful program that fosters happy, loyal and productive employees every day.

    Plan Better in 2017: Why an Employee Recognition Calendar Is Essential

    There is no “one size fits all” approach to recognizing workers. Employee recognition is about so much more than throwing an office holiday party and hanging employee-of-the-month plaques on the wall.

    That’s why we designed an employee recognition calendar. We want to inspire you to bring your engagement to a higher level and find the recognition approach that works for your organization. You know your company best!

    Pages from "2017 Employee Recognition Calendar" - Download Now!Our how-to guide walks you through planning for seasonal engagement and a wide variety of holidays, organized by month. For those just starting an engagement program, we’ve included an assessment to help you define your organization’s basic engagement needs and your best approach to expand engagement.

    Throughout the calendar, you’ll also find:

    • revealing statistics and research
    • mini case studies in celebrating employees
    • “anytime” recognition ideas
    • essential everyday engagement tips

    Our “2017 Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar” is intended as a year-round reference guide — so skip ahead, go back, reread and return to it whenever you need a little creative inspiration. This is “choose your own adventure” engagement!

    Steve Jobs famously described creativity as “just connecting things.” That’s why we’ve put together this Employee Celebration Calendar: to help you make the connections that spark innovation and help build a unique, effective employee engagement program that fits your organization.

    Why Now? Get Ahead of the Curve

    2017 is the year to build a better feedback culture — or risk getting left behind.

    “It’s time every organization takes their feedback culture seriously,” Business Journals contributor Dana Manciagli writes this week in her article, “How to Create a Culture of Continuous Feedback.”

    Everyone loves getting feedback and recognition, but Millennials expect it 50 percent more than other generations. And they’re in the majority. In 2016, Millennials surpassed Gen X as the largest generation in the workforce.

    Generational preferences aside, employees aren’t getting the recognition they crave. According to a Globoforce study earlier this year, a whopping 40 percent of employees surveyed say they weren’t recognized at all over the past year.

    Gallup consistently finds that more than two-thirds of employees nationwide are disengaged. Among these disengaged employees, a good number are even “actively disengaged” — meaning their unhappiness and dissatisfaction is strong enough to infect coworkers.

    “Business leaders stand to benefit enormously from appreciating their employees not on one calendar day, but consistently throughout the year,” Globoforce CEO Eric Mosley wrote earlier this year for Huffington Post.

    “By creating a constant flow of recognition, employers can effectively produce a sense of well-being, trust, optimism, and confidence among employees that will propel company culture forward.”

    Download Your FREE Employee Recognition Calendar Today!

    “In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru, coach and author

    So what are you waiting for? Start building your culture of appreciation today!

    Our Day-to-Day Employee Celebration Calendar is short enough to print off for your whole team but substantial enough to refer back to all year-long. Download yours today, absolutely free, and get your planning started for the New Year!

    Download your FREE

    We hope you enjoy this gift from all of us here at gThankYou. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and inspired holiday season and New Year!


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