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Employee Engagement Secrets – FREE eBook

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Great workplace leaders have great reading lists – and they know engaged employees are the foundation of great workplace cultures.

In this FREE one-of-a-kind eBook, The Top 20 Employee Engagement Blogs You Should Be Reading”, we’ll connect you with top employee engagement thought leaders so you’ll have everything you need to take employee engagement in your workplace to the next level.

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Better Than Butterball – gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates

Give The Gift of Choice

With gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates you can:

  • Choose Any Brand
  • Choose Turkey Or Ham
  • Go to the Store You Want

That makes gThankYou! the perfect employee gift for you and your workplace!

gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates gThankYou! makes it easy for you to share your workplace gratitude holiday-time or anytime.

You’ll love the convenience and recipients love the ability to choose what’s best for their family, whether it’s a fresh, frozen, brined, smoked or cooked turkey or any type of half or whole ham from their favorite store.  Recipients choose any Brand they wantincluding Butterball.


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5 Powerful Phrases That Motivate Employees

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Employee motivation depends on company leaders who exude a positive attitude. (Photo via greengirl24, Flickr)

Employee motivation depends on a positive attitude from company leaders, and language plays a big role in how that attitude is communicated.

The typical language of management isn’t very motivating. In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink includes this great quote on employee motivation from management expert Gary Hamel:

“The goals of management are usually described as ‘efficiency,’ ‘advantage,’ ‘value,’ ‘superiority,’ ‘focus,’ and ‘differentiation.’ Important as the objectives are, they lack the power to rouse human hearts. Business leaders must find ways to infuse mundane business activities with deeper, soul-stirring ideals, such as honor, truth, love, justice and beauty.”


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What Everyone Should Know About the Science of Gratitude

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Workplace gratitude is collectively beneficial but often builds through solitary acts, like keeping a gratitude journal. (Photo via Garry Knight, Flickr)

In celebration of World Gratitude Day (Sept. 21), we’re digging into the latest research on the science of gratitude and it’s enormously positive impact for you and for the workplace.

There’s a lot out there lately. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley has been focusing in recent months on the connections between gratitude and wellbeing. Care about employee wellbeing? This month they’re posting video excerpts from talks at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit held in June.

The more researchers examine the effects of gratitude, the clearer it becomes that showing gratitude isn’t just an optional “nice” thing to do but a powerful multifaceted tool that can help in interpersonal communication, individual resilience, decision-making, physical and emotional healing, group dynamics, stress reduction, productivity and everyday happiness.

Here are some highlights from talks at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit and from research in current discussion at Greater Good.

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Change Your Attitude, Change Workplace Culture

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A happy workplace culture thrives in an environment of positive attitudes. (Photo via Irina Patrascu, Flickr)

“It takes just a moment to change your attitude. And, in that quick moment, you can change your entire day.” — Author Unknown

A healthy workplace culture depends on a workforce that is committed to positive thinking. In honor of Positive Thinking Day (Sept. 13), take a moment to evaluate how a change in attitude could affect the culture, health and performance of your company.

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When Does Employee Appreciation Become Taxable Employee Compensation?

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A free cafeteria for employees, like this one at Google, could soon count as taxable income — and change how companies share their employee appreciation. (Photo via Kae Yen Wong, Flickr)

Employee appreciation at Silicon Valley companies could soon change, thanks to recent IRS scrutiny into the widespread and popular perk of free on-site cafeterias.

It was never exactly a free lunch to begin with — a meal always costs someone, somewhere — but stricter enforcement of current laws may require more employers and even employees to pay taxes on the buffet.

The news that free food could be up for taxation as a fringe benefit has everyone scratching their heads, from tax experts to HR executives to employees.

When exactly does employee appreciation become employee compensation? Is free cafeteria food employee compensation or is it a cost of business for these industries? Fringe benefits are a complex area of tax law, and the rules are still being clarified.

Wondering what this could mean for your company? Read on.

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Easy Employee Thank You Gifts for Distributed Workforces

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For a geographically scattered workforce, make sure employee thank you gifts still have a personal touch. (Photo via Marc Levin, Flickr)

Employee thank you gifts always benefit from a personal touch. That’s doubly true when you’re recognizing a distributed workforce — whether these employees work in satellite offices, from home, on the road or in warehouses or other facilities located away from company headquarters.

But how do you find that personal touch that means so much to gift recipients? Employee recognition for a distributed workforce can be a major challenge in logistics, not to mention tone and style. You’re tasked with organizing and managing gift-giving in a way that assures quality, consistency and fairness. And when you rarely have the opportunity to see distributed employees face-to-face or get to know them individually, meaningful gift-giving can feel anonymous and ineffective.

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‘Thank-you Note Thursdays’ and Other Ideas for Fun Workplace Gratitude

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Gratitude grows wherever people are laughing together. (Photo via Vladimir Yaitskiy, Flickr)

Workplace gratitude isn’t something you achieve or check off a to-do list. There’s never a moment when you can say, “Aha! We’ve got all the gratitude we need!” Given the right support, a workplace culture of gratitude is ever evolving and always growing stronger.

The question isn’t whether your company has or doesn’t have a culture of shared gratitude and appreciation. The question is: does your company consistently nurture the growth of such a culture?

That’s why it’s important to support employees to share gratitude every day. We’ve covered a lot of the day-to-day, longterm skill-building for workplace gratitude on this blog (see 7 Steps to a Culture of Gratitude, for example).

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Empower Supervisors to Be Employee Motivation Rockstars

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Good managers, like good coaches, know that motivation can’t be manufactured — it has to come from within each person. (Photo via WoodleyWonderworks, Flickr)

Employee motivation happens naturally when intermediate supervisors are engaged, according to the Dale Carnegie white paper  “Engaging Employees: What Drives Employee Engagement and Why It Matters.” To produce the white paper, Dale Carnegie teamed with MSW Research to research the functional and emotional drivers of dedicated employees. It is available free to download here.

The personal relationship an employee has with his or her immediate supervisor is key to employee motivation, the study concluded: “The attitude and actions of the immediate supervisor can enhance employee engagement or can create an atmosphere where an employee becomes disengaged.”

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Celebrate Labor Day History with Employee Gratitude

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Take a moment this Labor Day to reflect on your coworker and employee gratitude and on how far you’ve come together. (Photo via Edward Headington, Flickr)

If there was ever a holiday tailor-made for employee gratitude, it’s Labor Day. This national celebration of American workers isn’t just a three-day weekend to kick off the football season and have one last summer party before the school year begins in earnest.

It’s the perfect time to let your employees know how much you value them, their work and their contributions in the workplace.

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