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What Santa Teaches Us About Workplace Gratitude

The holiday season is an excellent time to exercise workplace gratitude!

All Santas and no Grinches — that’s what a thriving culture of workplace gratitude looks like. (Photo via Jon Oropeza, Flickr)

Santa Claus isn’t just the jolly old fellow who shimmies down chimneys to bring gifts to good children. He’s also an unofficial expert in cultivating workplace gratitude.

Just ask the elves at his toy workshop at the North Pole. They would all agree that Santa is a great boss! Sure, it gets busy in November and December, but Santa knows how to keep his workers happy, productive and engaged — all the while delighting his “customers” around the world with timely, personalized gifts.

All he asks for in return are a few cookies and a glass of milk. Ho ho ho!

Read on to find out what Santa and his elves can teach us about cultivating better workplace gratitude.

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Helpful Tips for Last-Minute Employee Holiday Gift Givers

It's never too late for employee holiday gifts with gThankYou!

It isn’t too late to bring holiday cheer to your workplace! (Photo via Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

Need last-minute employee holiday gifts? Don’t stress! We’ve got tips that’ll make your gift-giving easy, meaningful and appreciated.

Now that it’s mid-December, we’re counting down the holiday season in days, not weeks. Time is of the essence, and even the slightest planning ahead steers clear of holiday gifts that are obviously rushed, thoughtless or generic.

USA Today recently cited a Consumer Reports study of gift-giving in the workplace. A whopping 30 percent of people agree that coworkers and bosses give the worst holiday gifts. Yikes! Don’t use procrastination as an excuse to add to that statistic.

Take a deep breath and follow these steps for sharing great employee holiday gifts at the last-minute (without letting it show).

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How Gratitude Helps with Holiday Stress

Exercise gratitude and smile! Don't let holiday stress bring you down.

Gratitude to the rescue! Don’t let holiday stress bring you down. Stay grateful. (Photo via mysza, Flickr)

Gratitude to the rescue! If holiday stress creeps into your workplace, try mindfulness and gratitude techniques to restore your sanity, be more productive and bring joy to those around you.

Although the holiday season is all about appreciation and togetherness, it ironically triggers disconnection and stress when we don’t actively exercise conscientious and grateful attitudes.

Ingratitude spreads quickly in social situations — the workplace included! Don’t give it time to spread. Read on for tips on how to use gratitude to beat common holiday stressors in the workplace.

Gratitude Remedies for Common Holiday Workplace Stresses

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The Secret to Great Employee Holiday Gifts: Gratitude!

What's the key to employee holiday gifts? An attitude of gratitude!

Relax and make gratitude the focus of your employee holiday gifts. In this photo, members of the North Dakota National Guard deliver holiday gifts to residents of a Veterans Home. (Photo via U.S. Army, Flickr)

If you’re in charge of employee holiday gifts, you’re probably under a lot of pressure right now. No boss wants to be remembered as the misguided (or worse — thoughtless!) workplace gift-giverdoling out frozen turkeys with no way to keep them frozen, a bag of bean soup mix, wrong sized logo-wear, or other too personal or disappointing gifts.

Fortunately it’s easy to avoid those terrible-gift scenarios altogether and share employee gifts that are meaningful to recipients and affordable for you!

doing employee holiday gifts right: The Gratitude Attitude

The secret of successful employee holiday gifts is in the overall company attitude. Are you sharing gifts because you feel obligated or because it makes the company look good? Uh-oh!

Gift-giving is a great business strategy for employee recognition and retention — even better than cash bonuses, according to recent research — but your efforts are at risk of falling flat if you lose sight of why we share gifts: to show appreciation.

Attorney Harley Storrings, contributing writer at Biz Journals, advises against any ungracious gift-giving. His recent column, “5 Guidelines for Holiday Gifts in the Workplace”, is a helpful, practical how-to on workplace gift-budgeting and communication. He concludes with one piece of advice that really gets to the heart of gift-giving:

“… always remember that the point of office gift exchanges is to express our appreciation for colleagues and managers in a meaningful and tangible way. Most problems arise when gifts are exchanged for other reasons.”

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Employee Recognition Done Right: Learning from 5 Pros

employee recognition quote from Willie Nelson

Does your employee recognition program count your company’s blessings? (Image adapted from pictoquotes, Flickr)

“Employee engagement” might be the HR buzzword of the past few years, but it’s hardly a new concept.

Why do we share gifts with our colleagues, anyway? Why does saying “thank you” matter so much?

Let’s look to some of the century’s smartest and most successful CEOs for inspiration on employee recognition! The following quotes prove that employee recognition isn’t just the nice thing to do, it’s also absolutely crucial to business-building and innovation.

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Be #Unselfie: Celebrate Gratitude on Giving Tuesday

gThankYou! Celebrates Giving Tuesday!

Images via GivingTuesday.org

Don’t let Black Friday and Cyber Monday get all the attention or fuel holiday fatigue! There’s another day this week we feel is important to celebrate: Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is the final unofficial post-Thanksgiving holiday. We have a day for giving thanks, a day for getting deals, a day for shopping at small businesses and a day for getting deals online.

Now it’s time to give back and set aside the shopping bags for a day. The motto of this year’s Giving Tuesday is #unselfie — reminding us to be unselfish! Giving Tuesday organizers are asking participants to help unselfish acts go viral with the hashtag #unselfie on social media.

Giving Tuesday is a fantastic opportunity to rally employees and coworkers around the theme of gratitude. Read on to learn how to spread gratitude naturally in your workplace and community on this special day.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Holiday Gratitude Top-of-Mind

holiday gratitude raises everyone's spirits

Spread joy in your workplace: keep holiday gratitude top-of-mind in the weeks after Thanksgiving. (Photo via Worldizen, Flickr)

Holiday gratitude in the workplace can be challenging to sustain throughout the season, but with a little encouragement, it can thrive!

Too often, employees are distracted by family vacations, stressed out by extra work and worried about managing long gift lists.

After the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, it’s tempting to become a Grinch and give in to “holiday fatigue.”

But you and your colleagues reap big rewards when you keep holiday gratitude going ’til New Year’s (and beyond!). By encouraging the spirit of the season, you’re helping coworkers and employees keep holiday stresses in perspective.

A culture of workplace gratitude also helps employees be happier, healthier and more productive, according to Greater Good Science Center web editor Jeremy Adam Smith.

“‘Thank you’ doesn’t cost a dime, and it has measurably beneficial effects. In a series of four experiments, psychologists Adam Grant and Francesca Gino found that ‘thank you’ from a supervisor gave people a strong sense of both self-worth and self-efficacy,” Smith writes.

Expressing gratitude has amazing side-effects. The study found that people who practice regular gratitude “become more trusting with each other, and more likely to help each other out,” according to Smith.

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Gratitude in Action: 6 Thanksgiving Traditions From Around the World

Thanksgiving traditions worldwide celebrate gratitude and the bounty of the harvest.

Holidays celebrating gratitude, communal harmony and harvest bounty are common around the world. (Photo via Faith Goble, Flickr)

Did you know that our American Thanksgiving is just one of many gratitude-related Thanksgiving traditions celebrated around the world?

Traditions differ from country to country, but gratitude in action is cause for universal celebration.

The spirit and significance of giving thanks is the same wherever you go — with or without roast turkey and cranberry sauce. So what does giving thanks look like around the world?

Celebrations worldwide of “thanks-giving” share several elements, no matter what people are eating, wearing or singing. We all honor:

  • harvest bounty
  • communal harmony
  • gratitude in action

That last one, gratitude in action, is an important one. Simply thinking about gratitude isn’t a cause for celebration. It’s about how we act on our gratitude. We’re giving thanks, not having thanks!

The French word for Thanksgiving is action de grâce. Translated literally, then, Thanksgiving is a day for “actions of grace.”

Read on for six “actions of grace” traditions from around the world.

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Where to Shop With Your gThankYou! Gift Certificate

Use your gThankYou! Gift Certificate at your favorite grocery store!

Shop the way you like at your favorite grocery store with your gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate. (Photo via greggavedon.com, flickr)

Wondering where you can shop using your gThankYou! Gift Certificate?

You can choose your favorite grocery store chain or mass-merchant store such as Wal-Mart or Target anywhere in the U.S.

As long as the store honors manufacturer coupons, they have the ability to accept your gThankYou! Certificate and there are no grocery chains that we are aware of that do not honor gThankYou! Certificates.

Your gThankYou! Gift Certificate is a manufacturer coupon, just like the cents-off coupons you’re used to, it’s just higher value. They have safety features built into the paper such that they can be validated easily over the phone.

The only stores that do not honor gThankYou! Certificates are those that don’t accept any manufacturer coupons, such as Costco and Sam’s and the Aldi chain. Specialty stores don’t typically honor coupons.  However, if your favorite specialty store is willing to call us, we will redeem it for them. We’re often asked about HoneyBaked Ham stores: many of them do take our coupons but not all.  For shoppers interested especially in HoneyBaked Hams, some grocery stores such as Kroger are beginning to stock them.

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If the store you choose has any questions or concerns, please be sure they call us while you are there so we can take care of it for you.  You can always go to customer service on your way in to a store. Our toll-free number is on the coupon: 888-484-1658.

Learn more about your gthankyou! gift certificate with these free downloads!

gThankYou! offers several useful free downloads for Gift Certificate recipients including a “Guide to Using Your Certificate,” available both in English and in Spanish.  (These can both be found on our website under the “Information for Recipients” tab.)

If you’re a recipient, download one for yourself for easy reference. If you’re an employer, download and print off as many guides as you need for your employees, for posting or distributing.

Download our FREE guide in English! Download our FREE guide in Spanish!

We also offer free cookbooks that are full of helpful advice for the novice cook as well as the seasoned pro.

These popular cookbooks, “Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” and “Holiday Ham Guide” are great companions to your gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate.

Click here to see all our FREE DOWNLOADS in one place.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at gThankYou! However you celebrate, we hope your gThankYou! certificate helps you create a delicious and meaningful meal among family and friends.

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 (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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.

Use Your Turkey Gift Certificate On A Culinary Tour Of The U.S.

Recipe suggestions for using your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

Take a culinary vacation with your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate and try a mouth-watering recipe from across the country. (Photo via jennie-o, Flickr)

This Thanksgiving, take your taste buds on a trip and try something new! Your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate — redeemable for any turkey size, brand or type — is your ticket to a culinary tour of the United States.

This week, the New York Times published an interactive guide to Thanksgiving recipes from each of the 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico).  It’s impossible not to be inspired to try something new and different after looking at the mouth-watering pictures and recipes.  We’re particularly pleased that the article kicks off featuring Wild Rice with Mushrooms – a recipe from our home state of Wisconsin!

The NYT guide includes turkey recipes for:

Plus you’ll find state-specific recipes for a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts.

Like all recipes that have been passed down for generations or are based on local staples, each dish has a good story behind it.  We know you’ll love this resource as much as we do!

All this week on our blog, Celebrating Work, we’ll be sharing tips on how to make your Thanksgiving successful and filled with gratitude.

You’ll find useful turkey-cooking tips, such as Thanksgiving Turkey: Where Does the Thermometer Go?, and general advice for workplace gratitude and employee engagement around the holidays, such as “Putting the ‘Thanks’ of Thanksgiving in Your Workplace.”

We hope you enjoy your holiday with family and friends and have a happy, delicious Thanksgiving!

For more Turkey Day cooking tips, check out our popular cookbook, “The Ultimate Turkey Guide” to make a mouth-watering centerpiece to your holiday feast and “wow” your guests.  It’s perfect for the first time cook and the seasoned pro!

Download your Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook and Guide now by clicking below:Download Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook by gThankYou!

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 (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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.