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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

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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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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Make a Difference in Your Workplace — Say Thank You!

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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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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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9 Easy Ideas for Halloween Team Building

Pumpkin carving is a perfect team building exercise!

A pumpkin-carving party is a fun, affordable Halloween activity for workplace team building. (Photo via khrawlings, Flickr)

A fantastic opportunity for easy team building is just a couple weeks away: Halloween.

If the extent of your company’s Halloween celebration is a dish of candy corn and a few streamers, you’re missing out.

Engagement, not passive entertainment, is key to successful team building. Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to engage employees in fun activities that everyone will enjoy and that don’t need to break your budget.

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Want to Build A GREAT Workplace Culture? Here’s How!

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Good news! Rising interest in employee engagement as a business growth tool indicates that – finally – companies are recognizing the strategic and financial value of a great workplace culture.

Discussion on workplace culture is heating up, and now is the perfect time to stay in tune with relevant news, ideas and strategies. Our latest ebook, “The Top 20 Employee Engagement Blogs You Should Be Reading,” is here to get you started on building your daily reading list so you stay current. Best of all, it’s free for you to download.

So what’s the big deal?

Why is employee engagement gaining so much traction?

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Leadership Insights Into Secret Service Low Morale

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Reports of Secret Service low morale are a reminder that even the most dedicated employees can become disengaged. (Photo via, taken at the White House)

A failure of organizational design and of leadership to engage are the apparent root causes of low morale among employees in the U.S. Secret Service, according to a recent NPR story, “Ex-Agent Cites ‘Progressive Down Slide’ In Morale At Secret Service.”

On one hand, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Low morale is practically at epidemic levels around the U.S., with about two-thirds of Americans “not engaged” or “actively unengaged” at work. That makes Secret Service employees not so different from the rest of American workers.

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Transform Your Workplace with Gratitude — Here’s How

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What happens when a company adopts a culture of workplace gratitude? Opportunity for positive transformation starts popping up everywhere — and it only grows.

An uplifting story this week out of Canada highlights how lasting the transformative effects of workplace gratitude can be, even years after an employee leaves.

It also clues us in to the secrets of building lasting workplace gratitude.

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