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Great workplace leaders have great reading lists – and they know engaged employees are the foundation of great workplace cultures.

In this FREE one-of-a-kind eBook, The Top 20 Employee Engagement Blogs You Should Be Reading”, we’ll connect you with top employee engagement thought leaders so you’ll have everything you need to take employee engagement in your workplace to the next level.

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Better Than Butterball – gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates

Give The Gift of Choice

With gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates you can:

  • Choose Any Brand
  • Choose Turkey Or Ham
  • Go to the Store You Want

That makes gThankYou! the perfect employee gift for you and your workplace!

gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates gThankYou! makes it easy for you to share your workplace gratitude holiday-time or anytime.

You’ll love the convenience and recipients love the ability to choose what’s best for their family, whether it’s a fresh, frozen, brined, smoked or cooked turkey or any type of half or whole ham from their favorite store.  Recipients choose any Brand they wantincluding Butterball.

 

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5 Powerful Phrases That Motivate Employees

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Employee motivation depends on company leaders who exude a positive attitude. (Photo via greengirl24, Flickr)

Employee motivation depends on a positive attitude from company leaders, and language plays a big role in how that attitude is communicated.

The typical language of management isn’t very motivating. In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink includes this great quote on employee motivation from management expert Gary Hamel:

“The goals of management are usually described as ‘efficiency,’ ‘advantage,’ ‘value,’ ‘superiority,’ ‘focus,’ and ‘differentiation.’ Important as the objectives are, they lack the power to rouse human hearts. Business leaders must find ways to infuse mundane business activities with deeper, soul-stirring ideals, such as honor, truth, love, justice and beauty.”

 

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Why Your Employee Gifts Matter

Employee Gifts by gThankYou!Employee gifts—an important part of employee recognition—help keep your workers feeling valued and engaged in your business. And that helps you attract and keep your best employees – a competitive necessity in today’s business environment.

If you’ve ever given an employee, say, a gift Certificate of Gratitude for a holiday ham or turkey—along with a smile, a handshake, and a sincere thank you—their eyes probably lit up. All of us have an innate need to feel valued and appreciated. And that means your employees and colleagues too. There’s nothing like knowing that what you do matters. It makes you care more about your work, your co-workers and your company’s success.

Unfortunately, many employers don’t seem to understand that sharing gratitude in the workplace is as important as sharing it with family and friends. Phoenix Business Journal reporter Angela Gonzales cites a recent Harris Interactive poll that shows 18% of workers are dissatisfied with their jobs, up from 15% in 2013. Of those who are dissatisfied, 65% say they don’t feel valued.  And that means the successful health of those companies are at risk.

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What Everyone Should Know About the Science of Gratitude

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Workplace gratitude is collectively beneficial but often builds through solitary acts, like keeping a gratitude journal. (Photo via Garry Knight, Flickr)

In celebration of World Gratitude Day (Sept. 21), we’re digging into the latest research on the science of gratitude and it’s enormously positive impact for you and for the workplace.

There’s a lot out there lately. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley has been focusing in recent months on the connections between gratitude and wellbeing. Care about employee wellbeing? This month they’re posting video excerpts from talks at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit held in June.

The more researchers examine the effects of gratitude, the clearer it becomes that showing gratitude isn’t just an optional “nice” thing to do but a powerful multifaceted tool that can help in interpersonal communication, individual resilience, decision-making, physical and emotional healing, group dynamics, stress reduction, productivity and everyday happiness.

Here are some highlights from talks at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit and from research in current discussion at Greater Good.

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Improve your bottom-line with employee thank yous

Why are employee thank yous important? If done right, they create employee engagement.

What is engagement? 

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Employee engagement is the emotional investment the employee has in the organization and its goals. That’s from Employee Engagement for Everyone by New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kruse. Tom Short, co-CEO and founder of Kudos, includes the quote in HR.com’s ebook, Recognition and Engagement Excellence Essentials.

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Change Your Attitude, Change Workplace Culture

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A happy workplace culture thrives in an environment of positive attitudes. (Photo via Irina Patrascu, Flickr)

“It takes just a moment to change your attitude. And, in that quick moment, you can change your entire day.” — Author Unknown

A healthy workplace culture depends on a workforce that is committed to positive thinking. In honor of Positive Thinking Day (Sept. 13), take a moment to evaluate how a change in attitude could affect the culture, health and performance of your company.

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Charity is Key to Retaining Talent – Especially Millennials

Retaining talent is critical to your bottom line, given the high cost – not to mention the time spent and lost productivity, of turnover.

Retaining talent via community service initiatives

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And as Noelle Knox and Maxwell Murphy write in “More Firms Use Charitable Programs as a Recruiting Tool,” CFOs say community service initiatives can help attract young job candidates. It can also help ensure they stay with your company.

That becomes more important every day. 

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When Does Employee Appreciation Become Taxable Employee Compensation?

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A free cafeteria for employees, like this one at Google, could soon count as taxable income — and change how companies share their employee appreciation. (Photo via Kae Yen Wong, Flickr)

Employee appreciation at Silicon Valley companies could soon change, thanks to recent IRS scrutiny into the widespread and popular perk of free on-site cafeterias.

It was never exactly a free lunch to begin with — a meal always costs someone, somewhere — but stricter enforcement of current laws may require more employers and even employees to pay taxes on the buffet.

The news that free food could be up for taxation as a fringe benefit has everyone scratching their heads, from tax experts to HR executives to employees.

When exactly does employee appreciation become employee compensation? Is free cafeteria food employee compensation or is it a cost of business for these industries? Fringe benefits are a complex area of tax law, and the rules are still being clarified.

Wondering what this could mean for your company? Read on.

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How to Make Employee Loyalty Work for You

In today’s business world, employee loyalty is a very powerful concept. 

David Javitch, president of Javitch Associates and an expert on the topic, emphasizes the concept in “Creating Loyal Employees” at entrepreneur.com.

Employee Loyalty

Loyal Market Basket employees and customers protest CEO Arthur T’s ouster. (Photo via Streamingmeemee, Flickr).

What Does Employee Loyalty Mean?

“Loyalty is the relationship between an employer and an employee—an abstract, often unwritten contract in which the employer agrees to provide the materials and resources the employee needs to get the job done, matched by the employee’s agreement to work at an optimal level to fulfill the goals of the company,” Javitch writes. 

Loyalty is a key reason many employees remain at their jobs, he adds. But if the contract—hard to build in the first place—gets broken, it’s very hard to rebuild the trust.

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