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Spark Workplace Fun on International Joke Day!

International Joke Day helps build workplace engagement

Happy International Joke Day!
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Happy International Joke Day! Time to break out your best knock-knock jokes, puns and one-liners!

International Joke Day, celebrated every July 1, is a great excuse to introduce and encourage humor, fun and camaraderie into your workplace.

It doesn’t matter if you or your coworkers aren’t comedians, or if punchlines always seem to escape your memory right when you need them. The point of International Joke Day isn’t to be clever or even laugh-out-loud funny — it’s to connect with other people in a silly, playful way.

Humor brings us together, breaks the ice, eases tension and ultimately helps coworkers work better together.

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Grow Your Business With A Fall Turkey Promotion!

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gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates have universal appeal and are good for ANY BRAND, at virtually ANY GROCER in the U.S.

Plan now for your Fall Turkey Promotion with gThankYou! and rest easy knowing you’ll be ready with an easy, effective way to grow your business this autumn.

A fall turkey promotion boosts your business during the ramp-up to the busy holiday shopping season, a key period for enticing new customers and thanking your loyal customers.

When you choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates for your fall turkey promotion, we make it easy for you to offer a practical, meaningful and seasonal gift of gratitude that has broad appeal!

Why Plan Early?

The holiday shopping season brings in a cool $1 trillion, or about 6 percent of the entire U.S. economy. For the retail industry, holiday shopping accounts for about 20 percent of annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

Choose a fall turkey promotion and you’re getting a head start on cultivating repeat customers as the holiday shopping season heats up.

When you start your promotions early, you have more time to connect with customers, get to know them and provide meaningful enticement for their return business. Shoppers start their planning early — so it’s important to start planning your promotions early, too.

By July, nearly half of shoppers in a Google survey had already made plans for when to purchase their holiday gifts and were already deciding on brands and products.

“Of those actively planning, 30 percent are expecting to start before Halloween, with 9 percent starting before Labor Day,” according to Think With Google bloggers Erin Dean, Jacalyn Stolt and Nina Thatcher.

Starting early is also an opportunity to reach the full 51 percent of shoppers who haven’t yet started planning or making purchasing decisions by mid-summer.

“With pervasive marketing efforts, you can get them thinking about the holidays — and your brand — before any others,” the Google team writes.

Finding repeat customers and keeping them happy are the bread and butter of business-building.

Steady customers help businesses weather lean economic times,” writes SumAll blogger Mark Uzunian. “Businesses with 40 percent repeat customers generated nearly 50 percent more revenue than similar businesses with only 10 percent repeat customers.”

Sharing a promotion gift or perk with first-time customers, especially on high-value purchases, increases the likelihood that they’ll become repeat customers, according to Uzunian.

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6 Ways Public Service Day Inspires Everyday Engagement

Public Service Day inspires everyday engagement!

The United Nations created Public Service Day in 2003 to raise awareness and show appreciation of public service workers and their contributions. (Image via

Embrace the spirit of public service and civic responsibility in your workplace culture with inspiration from Public Service Day!

This week the United Nations is celebrating Public Service Day (June 23) with a three-day forum in Colombia. The U.N. created Public Service Day in 2003 to raise global awareness and show appreciation of public service workers and their contributions around the world.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also issued a call this week to “young people everywhere to consider dedicating themselves to the noble cause of public service as we strive to build a future of dignity for all.”

Here in the U.S., we also celebrate public service workers during Public Service Recognition Week. In 2016, the 32nd annual event will be held May 1 to 7.

Public Service Day is an inspiration for everyday engagement and gratitude in your workplace culture, whether you’re set up as a government agency, nonprofit organization or private company.  Read on to learn how to take advantage of this in your workplace.

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Why You Need to Invest in Employee Recognition Training

Employee recognition training is key to your program's success!

Recognition training gives your managers the critical skills they need to recognize employees. (Photo via ffaalumni, Flickr)

Employee recognition training is essential in today’s workplace. Research continues to strengthen the case that employee appreciation has a powerful effect on the bottom line — and managers need to know how to do it right.  Don’t jeopardize your recognition programs with untrained managers!

“Employee recognition is not a nice-to-have soft-skill,” writes Derek Irvine, vice president of client strategy and consulting at Globoforce.

In a post for Compensation Cafe, Irvine reflects on the results of WorldatWork’s May 2015 report, “Trends in Employee Recognition.”

“When done strategically to reinforce desired behaviors and drive organizational strategic objectives, recognition can have a significant impact on the factors most closely related to increased employee performance, productivity and customer service,” Irvine writes.

The need for training is critical as newer results-oriented recognition rises and traditional tenure-based recognition wanes. Recognizing employees on an ongoing, results-oriented basis takes a more hands-on approach than giving out years-of-service plaques at an annual banquet.

Read on to find out why recognition training is well worth the investment — and how you can take steps today toward cultivating basic recognition skills among your managers.

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Empower Employees with Peer-to-Peer Recognition

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Build workplace gratitude by empowering peer-to-peer recognition. (Photo via NYC DOT, Flickr)

Peer-to-peer recognition empowers employees to share appreciation and builds your company culture of gratitude!

An increasing numbers of modern workers are motivated, at least in part, by peer recognition, according to YouEarnedIt and to research presented by Richard Florida in his book “The Rise of the Creative Class.”

Earning the respect of peers is a major driver of motivation among workers today, Florida found.

Recognition from management is critical, of course. But peer-to-peer recognition harnesses the intimate knowledge coworkers have with our work day-to-day.

Peer-to-peer recognition needs institutional support to flourish, however. Unless your company provides the framework for recognition — and management models it — employees are less likely to share their appreciation for coworkers.

Read on for five examples of companies who’ve found effective, easy ways to spread peer-to-peer recognition.  You’ll find inspiration to empower your workplace!

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The #1 Obstacle to Employee Retention

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The secret to employee retention? Regular employee appreciation and recognition. (Photo via Roseanna Dana, Flickr)

Great employee retention is the ultimate goal of most HR professionals, yet many organizations are held back by a common obstacle: not sharing enough employee appreciation.

A lack of institutional support for regularly shared workplace gratitude — often the unintended consequence of other factors — actually repels employees.

A 2013 Glassdoor survey found that more than half of employees would stay longer at their company if their bosses showed more appreciation. U.S. Department of Labor statistics echo these survey results.

Read on to find out why employee retention is so important and how to make sure your company isn’t inadvertently sending employees out the door.

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Why Genuine Leadership Leads to Happier Employees

Genuine leadership begins with true authenticity in communication

Genuine leadership begins with developing true authenticity in communication. (Photo via Chuck Grimmet, Flickr)

When your company develops genuine leadership, employees are more engaged, trusting and productive.

Genuine leadership causes a positive ripple effect from the top down. Genuine leaders put employees at ease, open up lines of communication and build loyalty.

But being genuine in all situations can be challenging. It takes practice and self-reflection! The good news is, we’re all capable of it.

Read on for tips on how to cultivate genuine leadership in your organization.

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Savvy HR: How to Engage Summer Interns

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Wondering how to engage summer interns? Read on to learn how the pros do it.  (Photo via Flickr user 124961070@N02)

How to engage summer interns can be a challenging dilemma for busy managers juggling supervisory duties of both interns and full-time staff.

It’s a challenge for interns, too. Even the most eager, dedicated intern is likely to be inexperienced, unfamiliar with the nuts and bolts of company logistics and in need of daily guidance. They’re excited, scared and confused — all at once!

They’re also likely worried that, as low-level interns, they’ll be relegated to coffee-fetching and meaningless busywork.

But there are easy steps that savvy leaders take to make these short-term engagements beneficial for the organization and intern alike.

An internship is a chance to engage with potential future employees, so make the best of the opportunity! How you engage interns matters. Read on for the three key elements in how to engage summer interns.

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Hire for a Culture of Gratitude

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Plant the seeds for a culture of gratitude during the interviewing process, before new employees are even hired. (Photo via vuhung, Flickr)

Growing a workplace culture of gratitude doesn’t suddenly happen at employee orientation. Actually, the process begins much earlier!

When you specifically seek employees who will embrace and sustain your company’s appreciation culture, you actively plant seeds that blossom down the road.

Hiring is not just about finding people with the skills to match a job description. A sustainable culture of gratitude — and the happy, motivated and productive workforce it supports — begins during the evaluation and interview process so you hire right from the start.

Read on for tips on how to hire for a culture of gratitude.

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10 Secrets of Successful Employee Recognition Programs

Employee recognition programs done right build successful workplace cultures!

Successful employee recognition programs have lasting impact. (Photo via NYC DOT, Flickr)

Employee recognition programs are a major investment for most companies, yet much of this investment is wasted on recognition that doesn’t work.

A study by Bersin & Associates found that 87% of the $46 billion market for employee recognition programs goes toward ineffective tenure-based recognition.

“What our research found was that tenure-based rewards systems have virtually no impact on organizational performance,” writes lead researcher Josh Bersin in a Forbes column, “New Research Unlocks the Secret of Employee Recognition.”

“Did you stay an extra year at your last job so you could get a 10-year pin? I doubt it,” he writes.

Tenure-focused employee recognition programs were developed more than a century ago in response to pressure from unions, according to Bersin. The spirit of these efforts was in the right place, but now we know better.

The latest science shows employees respond better to on-the-spot, peer-to-peer and results-based recognition. Not only that, but researchers are finally documenting the incredible effect that successful employee recognition programs have on a company’s overall performance.

Do you know what all successful employee recognition programs have in common? Read on to find out.

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