Sharing Gratitude Puts the Thanks in Thanksgiving

We all want to feel valued and appreciated, and it’s no different in the workplace.  A sincere thank-you during the holiday season will lift spirits, make employees feel valued, and ultimately put the thanks in Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to share your workplace gratitude to everyone who contributes to the success of your business.

Share your Thanksgiving Gratitude in the workplace with free, customizable 'Thank You' Cards

Share your Thanksgiving Gratitude in the workplace with free, customizable ‘Thank You’ Cards

As the HR Works, Inc. website says in “Workplace Thanksgiving: An Attitude of Gratitude,” feeling gratitude also makes people happier. So when you say thanks at Thanksgiving, you’re helping yourself, too.

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Creative Ways to Share Your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

gThankYou turkey gift certificateHave fun with your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate by sharing creatively with employees!

People love getting gift certificates. In fact, Americans plan to give more gift cards this year than in the past. According to an October survey by the National Retail Association, gift cards remain the most requested gift item for the eighth year in a row.

Gift certificates like the gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate are convenient for giver and receiver alike, plus they’re meaningful, practical and easy to redeem!

Your Turkey Gift Certificate is more than just a piece of paper. It’s a meaningful contribution to your company’s overall culture of gratitude!

Read on for tips to make your gift-giving as special as possible.

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It’s Not Too Late To Share Your Thanksgiving Turkey Gifts!

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Delight your employees with Thanksgiving turkey gifts! Turkeys represent the spirit of the holiday, whether they’re roasted in the oven or cooked outdoors in a deep fryer, as these two friends are about to do. (Photo via natapics, Flickr)

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but there’s still time to order your Thanksgiving turkey gifts from gThankYou!

Your employees work hard for you all year. The holidays are almost upon us, and if you haven’t planned a holiday thank-you for them, it isn’t too late!

Why thanksgiving turkey gifts?

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to share your thanks with employees — not only does Thanksgiving celebrate the very spirit of gratitude, it has a rich history in the U.S. and is well-loved by just about everyone. It gathers family and friends alike for fellowship (and, of course, lots of delicious food).

Turkeys are the centerpiece of this tradition-filled feast, so you’re giving a vital component of a major celebration when you share Thanksgiving turkey gifts with employees. By sharing gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates, not frozen birds, you’re giving your employees the choice of when, where and how to enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey.

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Thanksgiving Gift Certificates Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving

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Cheers to Thanksgiving! Celebrate gratitude by sharing Thanksgiving gift certificates with your employees. (Photo via Satya Murthy, Flickr)

This holiday season, we celebrate harvest bounty, the power of community and the value of gratitude. Include your employees in the celebration by offering the very essence of Thanksgiving: Turkey Gift Certificates!

Recently, divisiveness has ruled the public discussion about Thanksgiving. Some retailers want to open on Thanksgiving for shoppers who are eager to get a head-start on Black Friday; others see this as an intrusion on a national holiday.

This heated debate has at least one great benefit: it encourages us to consider the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

What does celebrating gratitude mean to us, to our family, and to our community? The details may differ from person to person and from family to family, but there are certain values about Thanksgiving that we all share.

These shared values are exactly why Thanksgiving gift certificates — like the gThankYou Turkey Gift Certificate — are so fantastic for employees. Thanksgiving gift certificates are always appreciated, practical and make gratitude easy.

Read on to find out why Thanksgiving gift certificates are the ideal way to honor the enduring traditions of the holiday.

Let’s look a little closer at the values we associate with Thanksgiving, to better understand why Thanksgiving gift certificates work so well as employee holiday gifts.

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Spread Workplace Gratitude with Random Acts of Kindness

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A smile is the easiest, fastest way to spread gratitude on World Kindness Day, or any day. (Photo via Rohit Gowaikar, Flickr)

Random acts of kindness shouldn’t need a reason, explanation or holiday, but in today’s fast-paced workplace, we could all use a reminder to be kinder.

We get that little nudge to be kinder with World Kindness Day, held annually on Nov. 13.

World Kindness Day evolved from a series of conferences in the 1990s in Japan by a group that grew to be known internationally as the World Kindness Movement. Since then, the group has gone global and is working to promote kindness from Italy to South Korea.

The World Kindness Movement partners with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to spread and promote kindness, gratitude, and joy wherever and whenever it can.

This year, in honor of World Kindness Day, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has some fun ideas for how to celebrate.

Read on to find out how to make your workplace “party central” on World Kindness Day.

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Giving Back to the Community Builds Workplace Culture

Giving back to the community is an American business tradition. We value local businesses that support our communities – whether that’s providing t-shirts for the local baseball team, participating at the food bank or underwriting major capital funding projects. But did you know giving back to the community also helps defines your culture – not just how the community sees you, but how employees do, too?

With today’s workforce, a culture of giving back to the community is especially important.  For our youngest workers, it may be the deciding choice between choosing one company and another.

Photo via Premier of Ontario Photography, Flickr.

Photo via Premier of Ontario Photography, Flickr.

As Marla Tabaka writes in “Why You Should Build a Culture of Giving Back”:

“If you do it right, those donations can drive change in your community and within your organization.”

She references Susan Cooney (founder and CEO of Givelocity), who has a record of building value and community across many genre-defining companies.

“Her mentor, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, taught Cooney that finding common threads among people who are irrelevant to your business or product is at the core of building a meaningful and successful culture. She also knows that activities related to giving back engage employees and offer them a meaningful opportunity to bond, share their personal values, and act in unison toward a common goal.”

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Easy Employee Appreciation for Non-Office Workers

Most articles about employee appreciation focus on office workers, but as Kara Simon, general manager of 3Cheers Recognition & Rewards writes in “Tips For Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards,” recognition is just as important for non-office workers. Take manufacturers, for example:

Pursue employee appreciation in ALL parts of your workforce!

Photo by James Yu, Flickr

“When manufacturing operations get behind and deliverables don’t meet the schedule, it impacts every internal and external department from assembly line to warehouse to transportation, and so on.

 “This means that it is just as important for manufacturers to keep equipment in great shape as it is for them to keep people in great shape by showing meaningful appreciation on a day-to-day basis.  Many execs believe saying “thank you” is enough but the reality is that words only work when combined with a whole lot more.”

For manufacturers, that means intentionally appreciating employees — not just saying “Thank You.” According to Simon, many employers wrongfully separate grateful words and grateful actions.

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Gratitude Challenge: How Daily Gratitude Inspires Great Leaders

November's the perfect month for a gratitude challenge!

Try a gratitude challenge this month to inspire lasting good habits and be a better leader. (Photo via Cindi Albright, Flickr)

Dare yourself to try a “gratitude challenge” this month. You’ll be in good company with great leaders who know the awesome power of gratitude!

Throughout November, Real Simple Magazine invites you to participate in a gratitude challenge and “practice cultivating a spirit of gratitude in our daily lives — not just on the one day when turkey is served.”

Every weekday in November leading up to Thanksgiving, Real Simple will “prompt readers via social media to say a thoughtful, unique thank-you to people who have made a difference in their lives.” You can play along with the Real Simple Gratitude Challenge on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Gratitude journaling is also encouraged as a way to record and focus our private thoughts of gratitude.

There are plenty of reasons to begin a daily practice of gratitude. As Real Simple points out in the article, “6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude Is Great for Your Health,” you’ll feel happier, have more energy, be more resilient and get healthier.

Your improved kindness will also improve your relationships.

“People can’t help but pay gratitude forward,” writes Real Simple’s Louisa Kamps.

Even though the gratitude challenge ultimately has personal benefits, Kamps cautions against viewing it as “just one more self-improvement project.” It’s an opportunity to focus on others and the above-and-beyond things they’ve done for you.

A gratitude challenge is a fantastic way to focus and refine your leadership skills. Read on to find out why successful, well-loved leaders everywhere practice daily gratitude.

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Why You Should Give Employees the Gift of a Thanksgiving Turkey

Nothing quite says “thank you” during the holidays like the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey.

It’s the centerpiece to a uniquely American family holiday celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious or cultural background. A turkey isn’t just a delicious bird we eat; it’s a celebration of our shared history, values and family traditions.

As an employee gift, the Thanksgiving turkey is the ultimate symbol of gratitude and one of the easiest, most practical ways you can thank your workforce.

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How To Teach Kindness In The Workplace

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Teach kindness by encouraging mindfulness and acts of gratitude. (Photo via Kate Ter Haar, Flickr)

Can we teach kindness at work? More and more companies say yes. Even Google recently hired author and mindfulness expert Chade-Meng Tan to teach kindness and gratitude to employees via emotional intelligence training (his official job title? “Jolly Good Fellow”).

The reason is simple: being kind makes money. “Goodness is a competitive advantage in business,” Tan told attendees at a University of Southern California event last month, as quoted in the Forbes article, “Why Happiness Is Sweeping The American Workplace.”

“That sentiment rubs many skeptics the wrong way,” writes Forbes’ Rob Asghar. “Some ‘practical’ people see this goodness-happiness-touchy-feely stuff as a distraction from the hard work of making a profit.”

At the same time, he writes, idealistic people are suspicious of the idea that goodness would play a role in big business’ quest for money.

Asghar continues, “…both sides better get used to it. Happiness and ‘mindful meditation’ and emotional positivity are sweeping the American workplace, from lunchrooms to boardrooms.”

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