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Last-Minute Tips for Workplace Thanksgiving Gratitude

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Happy Thanksgiving! Does your company have a plan for sharing workplace Thanksgiving gratitude? The benefits last all year.

Thanksgiving is a holiday most of us spend with friends and family and away from work, but the workplace is a great place get a head start on celebrating Thanksgiving — with benefits that last all year!

The workplace ranks last among places people express gratitude, even though everyone wants more appreciation on the job. A persistent but false perception that gratitude makes us appear vulnerable or “weak” keeps too many people feeling ungrateful and unappreciated at work.

In fact, gratitude feeds a thriving, happy and productive workplace culture. And what better time to promote workplace gratitude than at Thanksgiving?

Does your company have a plan for sharing workplace Thanksgiving gratitude? Whether you’re sharing gifts or hosting a pre-Thanksgiving lunch for employees, it’s a great opportunity to promote gratitude in action.

Read to find out how you can make your workplace Thanksgiving gratitude count even more — yes, even now at the last minute! — and one very specific technique for telling employees “Thanks” this Thanksgiving.

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Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook by gThankYou!

Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook by gThankYou

Thanksgiving is a time to gather and enjoy family and friends. It’s our uniquely American holiday focused on giving thanks for the bounty of our lives. The focus is on celebrating sharing a feast with a much-loved turkey centerpiece…but what if you are not sure how to handle or cook the bird?

gThankYou is pleased to offer our free downloadable Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook designed to take the stress out of preparing your holiday turkey.  Everyone can enjoy this easy-to-use resource that answer questions from shopping to cooking and serving your holiday turkey centerpiece. This book is full of helpful tips for novices and seasoned pros!

Your workforce will find our free turkey cookbook helpful, too. Why not share the link with employees and coworkers, along with a Thanksgiving greeting? Everyone is sure to appreciate its helpful tips for preparing the perfect bird!

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How to Enrich Your Employee Holiday Gifts

Enrich your employee holiday gifts with free Enclosure Cards from gThankYou!Enrich your holiday gifts for employees with gThankYou Enclosure Cards — the easiest way to share your workplace gratitude along with your meaningful, practical gift of a gThankYou! Gift Certificate for Turkey Or Ham,

This year we’re offering more than two dozen Enclosure Card designs for the 2015 Christmas & Winter Holiday Season (in addition to a variety of nearly 30 Autumn & Thanksgiving designs!).

Our popular Enclosure Cards are included with any purchase of gThankYou! Gift Certificates. They’re 3-inches high by 4-inches wide (3″ x 4″) and printed on high-quality card stock.

Give us your personal message for recipients and, if you like, your company logo. We create a proof for you to approve and include the cards with your order – all FREE!

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How One Company Is Putting the Thanks in Thanksgiving

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REI is putting the thanks in Thanksgiving by closing Black Friday and encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors instead of shopping. (Image via REI)

In a brave and brilliant move, REI President and CEO Jerry Stritzke is closing all 143 REI stores on Black Friday and starting a new Thanksgiving tradition for his outdoor apparel and gear company: encouraging employees and customers to spend the day enjoying the outdoors.

It’s called #OptOutside.

The REI website has a special page dedicated to the campaign. It includes a trail-finder app and opportunities to share outdoor photos tagged #optoutside.

Why the change? Stritzke decided it was time to draw a line against the excess commercialization of Thanksgiving.

“It’s an act where we’re really making a very clear statement of our values,” Stritzke told USA TODAY.

According to USA TODAY’s Hadley Malcolm, REI will not have any Black Friday promotions — even online orders will wait for Saturday processing! Just a small handful of REI’s 12,000 employees will be on call, while the rest get a paid day off.

#OptOutside is a bold and authentic statement that exemplifies the REI company brand. REI is putting the thanks back in Thanksgiving!

The gThankYou! team believes that Thanksgiving is an enduring tradition because of its focus on family, expressions of gratitude, and time spend counting the good things in life. In the workplace, Thanksgiving is about appreciating the importance of employees, customers and suppliers to us and to our company.

Will YOu be Putting the Thanks in Thanksgiving this Year?

What can you do to put the thanks in Thanksgiving in your workplace?

It’s not hard! Simply support your community and involve others:

  • Contribute to local food pantries
  • Volunteer to serve the Thanksgiving meal at a shelter or deliver Meals On Wheels
  • Pack donation baskets for local distribution at your church or community center
  • Provide employees with holiday time off

Most importantly, thank everyone who helps your business succeed every day. Emphasize your gratitude by sharing the centerpiece of the holiday meal with employees: give gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates.

It’s not too late to share the thoughtful gift of a turkey this Thanksgiving!

To order your gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude today, visit our website — — or call 888-484-1658. We would be honored to help you thank your workplace this holiday season.


About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC ( is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at or 888-970-6773.
Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

How to Redeem Your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

Redeem your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate at any virtually any grocery store in the U.S.

Redeem your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate for any Brand of turkey, at any grocery chain in the U.S. than honors Manufacturer Coupons.

Redeeming your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Redeem (and enjoy!) your Turkey Gift Certificate today — or whenever works for you. Your holiday gift is good through the end of April of the following year. You choose when you want to enjoy your gift and where you want to redeem it.

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Kindness in the Workplace: Teach It, Model It, Live It

How does your team celebrate kindness in the workplace?

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Workplace tension gets a lot of laughs in our favorite films and TV shows, from “Office Space” to “The Office” to “Horrible Bosses.” But in the real world, workplace kindness packs a bigger punch than any other behavior! In fact, according to the latest research, it can transform your workplace!

Kindness in the workplace isn’t just about being “nice.” It also builds and enhances positive workplace dynamics, from employee engagement and happiness to cooperation and productivity.

In honor of World Kindness Day, invigorate your company’s commitment to developing kindness in the workplace — and leave the rudeness, gossip and other uncivil behaviors where they belong: on TV.

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Easy Butterball Turkey Gift Giving by gThankYou

gThankYou makes giving butterball turkey gift giving easy and flexible!You already know the value of a Butterball turkey gift at the holidays — it’s a practical and meaningful gift your employees can share with the whole family, and it upholds a time-honored American tradition.

Don’t underestimate the power of choice! Let employees choose the centerpiece of their family holiday celebration with the flexibility to buy what works best for their family.

gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and gThankYou! Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates give your recipients the flexibility to choose any Brand and any preparation of whole turkey (or ham). Recipients choose:

  • the turkey they want — whether it’s a Butterball, Norbest, Smithfield, Jennie-O, Foster Farms or any other brand or variety (fresh, frozen or even cooked)
  • where they want, at the grocery store of their choice
  • when they want it!

So when you share the thoughtful gift of a holiday turkey or ham, why not let them choose the product that works best for them? gThankYou makes it easy for you to share your workplace gratitude and loved by recipients!

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6 Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy and Productive

It's not always easy keeping employees happy and productive, but it'll make a huge difference in your workplace!

Regular recognition for a job well done is a big part of keeping employees happy and productive. (Photo via U.S.A.C.E., Flickr)

Keeping employees happy and productive takes more than fun and games. It takes a cultural shift.

Happy, productive workers thrive in a certain type of workplace culture — one that values respect, appreciation, innovation and teamwork.

No matter what type of workplace your company has — a factory, office or shipping plant, restaurant, hotel or other service facility, or even a distributed workforce — you can take steps starting today to build this healthy culture among your employees.

Read on to find out why keeping employees happy and productive is actually easier than you may think!

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What Happens When You Embrace Workplace Gratitude

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A well-timed, meaningful thank you note can be very powerful.

Our recent post, “Your Thank You Fuels Company Culture”  argues that a commitment to a culture of workplace gratitude can transform a company’s culture allowing it to excel and insulating it in crisis.

To better understand the power of gratitude in the workplace, let’s learn from real-world examples of workplace gratitude in action.

Eric Mosely and Derek Irvine identify hugely successful businesses that have harnessed that power and know how to deliver workplace thank you’s that resonate in their recent book, The Power of Thanks.

What happens when you embrace workplace gratitude


At JetBlue, company founders aimed to erase the inconvenient and annoying aspects of airline travel through extraordinary customer service. Mostly and Irvine cite Michael Elliott, JetBlue’s senior vice president of people, who says the airline’s mission is to “inspire humanity,” beginning by treating the airline’s “crewmembers” with gratitude and kindness.

“Our five Values—Safety, Caring, Integrity, Passion and Fun—set us apart from the other guys,” Elliott says. “Together, our crewmembers live these values, and in turn, make the JetBlue experience for our customers unmatchable. We strive to make it a down-to-earth company by hiring kind, hard-working crewmembers. Once they get here, we recognize and applaud them for being the heart of our brand.”

Many companies experience growing pains, especially when their growth is rapid, as JetBlue’s was. In just a few years, the airline grew from 1,000 to 16,000 employees, with its workforce spread across the U.S. and its skies.

JetBlue has been steadfast in bolstering its mission and culture, using frequent workplace thank you’s to recognize its employees and remind them of how valued they are. This has prompted employees to show customers the same level of appreciation, garnering customer loyalty in the process. The company has earned 11 honors from J.D. Power for the highest customer satisfaction among low-cost carriers in North America.

“Knowing who delivers extraordinary customer service, who truly lives the values, and who contributes to the JetBlue culture is critical,” says Elliott. “This provides a competitive advantage for us while keeping our customers happy and our company feeling small as we grow. If we can ensure we are recognizing crewmembers and inspiring them to keep up our exceptional level of service year after year, we can go anywhere.”


In 2006 Mark Fields, Ford’s then-COO and current CEO, posted a sign in the company’s “war room,” quoting management guru Peter Drucker. The sign says:

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Ford lives that credo, and Mosely and Irvine maintain it’s one of the main reasons the company survived the national economic meltdown of 2008, which left the two other “big three” automakers—GM and Chrysler—looking for a federal bailout.

Then-chairman Alan Mulally joined Ford from Boeing in 2006 and asked Fields to change Ford’s culture from, as The Power of Thanks says:

“The classic industrial-company combination of contention, distrust, and zero-sum negotiations (for me to win, you have to lose) with a set of values and behaviors called ‘One Ford,’ that define the automaker’s current culture.”

These include:

  • Working together. Everyone respects, listens to, helps, and appreciates others and honors their contributions.
  • Modeling values. Crew members have can-do, find-a-way attitudes, enjoy their work, and have fun.
  • Delivering results.  Workers inspire others and hold themselves and their team members responsible and accountable.

As the book says:

“Ford sees a culture of positivity, inspiration, and accountability not as a feel-good, nice-to-have part of the company but as essential to delivering results.”

Mulally told McKinsey Insights in 2013:

“Some prefer to work in a different way. Ultimately, they will either adopt the Ford culture, or they will leave.”

Although Ford’s sales dropped dramatically during the Great Recession, the company’s culture—which embraced the strategy of workforce gratitude—helped it rebound with lower costs and better products.

Timely Workplace Thank You’s Help

As Southwest Airlines’ cofounder and chairman Herb Kelleher has said:

“Culture is what you do when people aren’t looking.”

If your company stresses values and behaviors that align with organizational goals, employees’ instincts will lead them to behave in ways that support those values, strengthening your culture. If you commit to building a culture of appreciation, overtime your workplace will embody it.

How does your workforce behave when you’re not looking? It’s an insight into what your real culture is all about.

Learn more about harnessing the power of workplace gratitude in our popular free eBook, “Transform Your Workplace with Gratitude.” Click the image below and start transforming your workplace today! 

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About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are customizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC ( is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at or 888-970-6773.
Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Buying Turkeys for Employees – Simplified!

Buying Turkeys for Employees is Easy with gThankYou Turkey Gift Certificates!

With a gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate, recipients can choose the turkey they want, when and where they would like to shop.

gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates simplify the workplace tradition of buying turkeys for employees and preserve the gift’s meaning: gratitude!

For generations, employers have bought turkeys for employees — real, frozen turkeys that weigh up to 25 pounds. It’s an appreciated, well-meaning gesture, but a frozen turkey gift comes with strings attached.

Let’s face it, frozen turkey gifts are not convenient for the giver or the recipient! They’re awkward to store, transport and distribute. And they involve guess-work that’s difficult to know. What if a recipient bikes or takes public transportation, doesn’t have enough freezer space or it’s not the right size or timing for their family?

How can you give the same, meaningful gift with none of the hassles associated with the gift of a frozen turkey? gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates to the rescue! Buying turkeys for employees has never been easier. 

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