How to Bring Workplace Gratitude to a Distributed Workforce

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To better understand socioeconomic mobility, social scientists tracked dollar bill movement across the U.S. Does your workplace gratitude map look like this? (Image via plos.org)

A culture of workplace gratitude grows exponentially through one-on-one affirmation and appreciation. If you could map gratitude, it might look like the map to the right. Workplace gratitude builds a network of widespread positive connections that reinforce and build upon each other.

Distributed workforces pose a unique challenge to building these “gratitude connections.”

When employees work in a single, centralized location, it’s easier to say “thank you” face-to-face, and celebrate successes together. A distributed workforce, however — with employees in satellite offices, at home, on the road, or in warehouses or other facilities besides company headquarters — can default to a culture of disconnection.

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Easy Employee Holiday Gifts by gThankYou!

Holiday gifts are a great way to show your employees how much you appreciate them and the work they do. 

But between wrapping up this year and planning for the next —at work and at home—who has time to shop for employee holiday gifts that everyone will like, use, and value? No one. That’s who.

Why your employee holiday gifts matter.  "The Currency of Reciprocity" by Kube, Marechal, and Puppe.

Gifts vs. Cash: How do they compare?

gThankYou! to the rescue! With just a couple of online keystrokes or a quick phone call, you can order our gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude for Turkey or Ham, complete with FREE customized holiday-themed ‘Thank You’ cards.

Your employees can shop at their favorite stores—when they want, where they want—and choose the ham or turkey that fits their holiday needs. Workers will know you care about them and understand their busy lives when you make it easy and convenient for them to have a great holiday dinner. They’re sure to think warmly of you as they enjoy their holidays.

Research shows that gifts motivate employees. In a Harvard Business Review blog, “Forget About That Cash Bonus,” Ray Fisman cites a classic study by Nobel Laureate George Akerlof, a pioneer in the field of behavioral economics, which focus on gift exchange in the workplace.

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7 Steps to Writing Great Employee Thank-You Notes

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Make employee thank you notes part of your daily routine. (Photo via Adrian Clark, Flickr)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong wrote one of the best employee thank-you notes of all time to the crew of engineers that made it possible for him to walk safely on the moon in 1969.

Mental Floss includes Armstrong’s letter in a list of “11 Amazing Thank You Notes From Famous People.”

The letter, addressed to the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) engineers, is an excellent example of how to thank coworkers or employees. Not only is Armstrong’s letter heartfelt and humorous, but he keeps it succinct.

Armstrong packs a lot into 113 words. See how he does it below, then read on for tips on writing your own employee thank you notes.

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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

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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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