New Holiday Card Designs for Your Employee Thanksgiving Gifts

Thanksgiving gifts are a perfect way to show your employees how much you appreciate them and that you’re grateful for their work. Why not order gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude for Thanksgiving turkeypumpkin pie, or groceriesYour employees will appreciate the freedom to choose their favorite items and brands at their favorite store.

gThankYou! Employee Thanksgiving Gift Enclosure Card - Harvest CornucopiaPersonalize your employee Thanksgiving gifts by adding a special ‘thank you’ card from our collection of  FREE customizable Enclosure Cards.  To see all our new Thanksgiving designs for 2014 and popular favorites, check out our new catalog here – gThankYou! Autumn and Thanksgiving Enclosure Card Design Catalog.

As TrendHunter’s “50 Thanksgiving Gift Ideas” says:

“This holiday is all about spending time with your family and giving thanks for all the blessings you have. What better way to enhance the joy and spirit of Thanksgiving than by surprising everyone with some tokens of appreciation? The most important thing to remember is that whatever your Thanksgiving gift ideas are, they should come from the heart.”

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Make a Difference in Your Workplace — Say Thank You!

Volutneers for Make A Difference Day

National Make A Difference Day volunteers help clean up a park in this 2008 photo. (U.S. Army photo by Bob McElroy, via Flickr)

The only requirement for celebrating Make A Difference Day — coming up this Saturday, Oct. 25 — is to make a difference. It’s as simple as that!

Make A Difference Day is the perfect opportunity to come together with employees, coworkers, neighbors and friends to share gratitude and make a difference wherever needed.

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Increase Holiday Sales With A Turkey Gift Promotion

gThankYou! Gift Certificates are convenient and meaningful for givers AND recipients! A gThankYou! Turkey Gift Promotion is an effective, easy way to attract new and reward loyal customers during the holiday season.

Keeping customers happy and coming back isn’t just good for business— it’s vital to your company’s growth and profitability. Consider these statistics, cited in the Forbes article “Five Customer Retention Tips for Entrepreneurs”:

  • 5 percent increase in customer retention can increase a company’s profitability by 75 percent.
  • A staggering 80 percent of your company’s future revenue will come from just 20 percent of your existing customers.
  • Attracting new customers will cost your company 5 times more than keeping an existing customer.

Promotions are an enduring, smart way to build business and show appreciation to customers.

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4 Simple Ways to Improve Workplace Happiness

gThankYou: Pursuing meaningful workplace happiness!

Workplace happiness grows one positive action or interaction at a time. Be a role model for workplace happiness and watch it spread. (Photo via Peyri Herrera, Flickr)

Interest in cultivating workplace happiness has exploded in the past year, fueled by a 2010 Gallup report that shocked the business world.

Researchers found that just three in 10 American workers are engaged in their jobs and willing to do all they can to help their organizations and its leadership succeed.

Since the report came out, “a hyper-focus on restoring engagement has become a fully fledged movement in the U.S., with many companies committing themselves to boosting employee happiness as their chosen remedy,” writes Fast Company’s Mark C. Crowley in a must-read Q&A with Gallup CEO Jim Clifton.

Gallup worries that too many well-intentioned companies are approaching employee engagement all wrong.

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Employee Appreciation: It’s Not Just For Top Talent

Employee appreciation is a hot topic these days, and it’s usually focused on rewarding your top talent.

A friendly gThankYou reminder: exercise employee appreciation by thanking your behind-the-scenes employees!

Did you thank your custodial worker on October 2? Photo via kptice, Flickr.

In honor of National Custodial Thank You Day (October 2), let’s talk about showing gratitude to those invaluable, behind-the-scenes employees.

As prominent Internet marketer Carina Wytiaz blogs in an a Magazine post, “How can I make sure all my employees feel appreciated?”:

“We often recognize the shining suns inside a company while forgetting the daily stars. Even more common, managers are concerned with the squeaky wheels to the detriment of the rest of the team.”

What would any facility be without its custodians? A mess—that’s for sure. And there are many similar positions in every company that often fly under the radar. Here’s how some businesses show employee appreciation for custodians and other unsung heroes of the workplace.

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5 Ways to Thank Your Boss: Happy National Boss’s Day!

Celebrate National Boss's Day with Great Bosses Like 30 Rock's Liz Lemon!

Do you have a great boss, like Liz Lemon of “30 Rock”? Celebrate National Boss’s Day! (Photo via Huffington Post, courtesy of NBC)

It’s National Boss’s Day (Thursday, Oct. 16) — a perfect time to celebrate your company leaders’ hard work and dedication!

Good bosses don’t have many role models in pop culture. Bad bosses get all the attention — who can forget dictatorial Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, boorish micromanager Bill Lumbergh in Office Space, or megalomanic Michael Scott in The Office?

Good bosses are harder to find in movies and on TV, but they do exist and they are inspiring. For comedy, look to Liz Lemon in 30 Rock and Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation. For drama, a great example is Saving Private Ryan‘s Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks), who inspired and carried his close-knit unit through Normandy and war-torn France to find Private James Ryan.

These are the bosses who care about the people they manage, who lead for company excellence rather than personal gain, and who stay positive and solution-focused when times get tough.

The best bosses don’t seek praise: they deserve it

The best bosses in your workplace are likely very self-aware, open to feedback, appreciative of others, and focused on the greater good. An Arizona State University study earlier this year found that the strongest, most effective bosses are humble.

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The Holiday Gift Your Employees Really Want

What’s the best holiday gift you can give your employees? Respect.

Respect: The Best Employee Holiday Gift

Photo via ©Corbis, Flickr

As Darcy Jacobsen, content analyst and Globoforce blogger, says in her post “The Secret to Respect in the Workplace”:

“Respect reaches much further than manners and compliance. It also plays a key role in recognition, engagement, and in creating a strong organizational culture. Think about it. Recognition, at its core, is really just a form of respect. People who have been recognized tend to rise to that recognition, and strive in the future to be worthy of it. People who are not recognized for hard work tend to feel forgotten, unappreciated and disrespected.”

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9 Easy Ideas for Halloween Team Building

Pumpkin carving is a perfect team building exercise!

A pumpkin-carving party is a fun, affordable Halloween activity for workplace team building. (Photo via khrawlings, Flickr)

A fantastic opportunity for easy team building is just a couple weeks away: Halloween.

If the extent of your company’s Halloween celebration is a dish of candy corn and a few streamers, you’re missing out.

Engagement, not passive entertainment, is key to successful team building. Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to engage employees in fun activities that everyone will enjoy and that don’t need to break your budget.

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It’s Time to Plan Your Turkey Gift Program!

Plan your turkey gift program with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and delight your workplace!

Delight Your Workplace with the gift of a Thanksgiving Turkey – Photo via Betty Crocker recipes, Flickr

Leaves are falling and Thanksgiving is fast approaching making it the perfect time to plan your turkey gift program for your workplace.

After all, as Sarah Johnson,  chief growth strategist with Inovautus Consulting, writes in “This Thanksgiving, show employees your gratitude”:

While businesses deal with challenging issues continually, she notes, at Thanksgiving:

“I believe we all have an opportunity to be grateful for what we have now and to show gratitude to our employees. Food is the language of love. After all, isn’t that the centerpiece of this wonderful holiday?”

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Want to Build A GREAT Workplace Culture? Here’s How!

Download FREE eBook "The Top 20 Employee Engagement Blogs You Should Be Reading" to learn more about building a successful workplace culture

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Good news! Rising interest in employee engagement as a business growth tool indicates that – finally – companies are recognizing the strategic and financial value of a great workplace culture.

Discussion on workplace culture is heating up, and now is the perfect time to stay in tune with relevant news, ideas and strategies. Our latest ebook, “The Top 20 Employee Engagement Blogs You Should Be Reading,” is here to get you started on building your daily reading list so you stay current. Best of all, it’s free for you to download.

So what’s the big deal?

Why is employee engagement gaining so much traction?

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