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Why Not Build Your Own Employee Appreciation Week?

We all know employee appreciation is critical to the success of your business. As Andy Bailey, founder & CEO of business coaching firm Petra, says in “The Importance of Employee Appreciation”:

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Photo via US Army Garrison Red Cloud – Casey, Flickr

If you want to grow your business, you’re going to need great employees. Want great employees? Treat them right!

Business owners spend a lot of time and money recruiting and training good employees, he notes. 

“Sadly, that investment often goes to waste because owners don’t show their appreciation often enough.”

He cites a U.S. Department of Labor finding, which indicates lack of appreciation is the number one reason employees leave their jobs. 

“It’s not benefits, bonus structure or salary. It’s simply feeling that hard work is not recognized or appreciated.”

You can’t over-appreciate, he opines.

Forbes contributor Meghan M. Biro writes in “5 Ways Leaders Rock Employee Recognition”:

“People crave positive feedback, recognition they put in extra effort, acknowledgement of leaders and peers, the glow that comes with knowing an achievement has been seen, appreciated and celebrated.”

Why Not Designate a Special Day for Employee Appreciation?

It’s important to provide specific, personal recognition related to business objectives year round, but consider setting aside a day to show all employees your appreciation.

That’s what communications consulting firm SmithSolve does, as myHR Partner’s blog post, “Awesome Employee Appreciation Day Ideas for 2014,” says. A chocolate fountain flows in the break room all day, with fresh fruit, cookies and other treats for dipping, and employees receive gift bags of things to pamper themselves with.

Jack’s Glass hands out fun, fashionable company apparel, complete with logo, along with gift cards and gift certificates, like the gift certificates of gratitude gThankYou provides.

How About an Entire Week for Employee Appreciation?

Highlight Printing throws a great Employee Appreciation Week on Thanksgiving week, myHR Partner notes. It goes like this:

Monday—“Feed the Staff Day.” A kick-off brunch and homemade frozen pot pies for dinner and a copy of the cookbook with the pot pie recipe. 

Tuesday—“Pamper the Staff Day.” On-site 20-minute back massages and care baskets with candles, candy, car wash certificates, and other items to help employees pamper themselves. 

Wednesday—Framed awards for employees who received positive feedback from coworkers, “Dream Team” T-shirts, and a spiral sliced ham for Thanksgiving. You could give a gThankYou gift certificate for a ham or turkey instead, so employees can choose.

Then: two days off for the holiday.

Milwaukee’s Employee Appreciation Week Rocks the City

As this video, “Get Ready for Downtown Employee Appreciation Week, July 28 – August 1,” shows, people who work downtown get free food and coffee, discounts at participating businesses, and other rewards. You can see how much they appreciate it.

So, whether it’s an hour, a day, or better yet, a week, take time to appreciate your employees. They’ll be more engaged in your business and more likely to stay with you.

For more on building an amazing culture of employee appreciation and success, download our FREE ebook, “Winning with Workplace Gratitude”.

Click the image below and start sharing your appreciation 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 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.

Now More Than Ever, Workplace Wellness Pays Off

Workplace Wellness Programs Pay Off!

Photo via Bo Kage Carlson, Flickr

Workplace wellness not only reduces health care costs, it improves productivity which is why it’s such a hot topic right now, writes Karen Smith in “Why Workplace Wellness is Important” on the Albanie-Colonie Regional Chamber website.

Smith, formerly director of health and wellness services at insurance and benefits provider Rose & Kiernan, Inc., is now director of clinical solutions for USI Insurance Services.

“Worksite health promotion should be viewed as an investment in a business’ most important asset, its employees. Studies show that employees are more likely to be on the job and performing well when they are in optimal health,” she writes.

Smith lists important benefits of implementing a wellness program:

  • Attracts the most talented workers
  • Reduces absenteeism and lost time
  • Improves on-the-job time utilization, decision-making and productivity
  • Strengthens employee morale
  • Reduces in turnover
  • Helps build a healthy workplace culture
  • Improves disease management and prevention, and a healthier workforce in general, both of which contribute to lower health care costs.

Most Health Care Costs are from Preventable Diseases

“Between 70% to 90% of health care spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks … Unhealthy lifestyle choices often lead to chronic diseases, costing businesses more than one trillion dollars in lost productivity alone,” Smith writes.

It’s a huge problem, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Workplace Wellness: Dept of Health & Human Services Logostatistics she presents show:

  • 59% of employees do not get adequate exercise
  • 50% or more have high cholesterol
  • 27% have cardiovascular disease
  • 26% are overweight by 20 percent or more
  • 24% have high blood pressure

“As healthcare costs continue to rise, it makes sense that addressing the specific needs of an employee population and maximizing the engagement and participation of workplace wellness programs is critical.”

Through wellness programs, employers can help workers understand the advantages of making positive lifestyle choices and be supported in those choices. The programs can include free flu shots, health fairs, gym memberships, stop-smoking programs, health-risk assessments, cooking classes, CSA memberships – the list is endless and the more creative, the likely the more compliance.

Says Smith, “While some businesses have instituted very comprehensive wellness programs, others have achieved savings or increased productivity with just a few simple activities that promote healthy behaviors. What’s most important is to commit to wellness promotion in the organization.”

Most industry literature and research agrees that the typical return on a wellness program is said to be from $3-$6 for every $1 invested, with savings realized 2-3 years after implementation, she observes.

It Takes Time and Commitment

In a Forbes article, Joshua Love, president of corporate wellness company Kinema Fitness, says companies are taking employee wellness more seriously now. In the article, “Five Reasons Corporate Wellness Is More Important Than Ever,” he writes:

 “Wellness is a complete lifestyle and behavior change and change takes time and commitment.”

He offers employers five insights and suggestions for designing an effective wellness program:

  1. Creating an on-site wellness program is important because the majority of an employee’s time is spent at the workplace.
  2. You can’t expect unhealthy behavior to change overnight, so an employee wellness program needs to provide consistent education and layers of accountability.
  3. Corporate wellness shouldn’t be boring. Creating unique and dynamic programs that consistently evolve over time ensures the best possibility of long-term adoption and success.
  4. Appoint a wellness leader with direct responsibility over the program to stay current with trends.
  5. Consider providing employees with rebates for participating in wellness initiatives.

“Corporate wellness is a complex, long-term play. A successful program takes time and constantly evolves so it can be integrated into the fabric of the company’s culture. It is the culmination of many solutions that work together under one strategy,” Love writes.

Done well, a company can make wellness part of the fabric of the company culture.  It takes support from the top, long-term commitment, and consistent reinforcement, but wellness initiatives do pay off. Stay tuned for our next wellness post, which shares learning from successful workplace wellness initiatives.

For more on building a culture of health, happiness and appreciation, download our FREE ebook, “Winning with Workplace Gratitude”. Click the image below and start sharing your gratitude 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 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.

3 Ways Ice Cream Builds Employee Engagement (and Happiness)

Ice Cream as Employee Engagement

Make employee engagement fun in the summer with ice cream. It isn’t just a childhood treat. (Photo via Lovin’ Scoopful, Flickr)

Happy July — and National Ice Cream Month! This is the month to celebrate our love of all things ice cream. Today, July 1, is even National Creative Flavor Ice Cream Day.

Ice cream is a lot like a good employee engagement program: it brings people together, makes everyone feel happy and is endlessly creative.

That doesn’t mean you can drop off a tub of vanilla in the break room with a scoop and expect magic. But ice cream as a vehicle for employee engagement is powerful. Not only is it just plain fun and delicious, ice cream reminds us of happy memories that we share with other people — our parents, our kids, our siblings growing up, or maybe an early date night with our significant other. It’s special. It’s a treat.

Let’s look at how ice cream can be a great team-building activity, reward for hard work and overall boost to employee satisfaction.

1. Ice Cream Is An Equal-Opportunity Palate Pleaser

There aren’t many foods we can share communally these days without running up against dietary preferences or restrictions. Ice cream comes in so many fantastic variations that it really is possible to include everyone, even those with dairy/egg allergies. Consider the options:

  • Frozen yogurt
  • Frozen custard
  • Sorbet (bonus: good for those with allergies and easy to make at home!)
  • Gelato (a milkier, Italian variation on ice cream)
  • Frozen scoopable treats made with alternative milks like coconut, almond, soy, and even goat.
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Everyone’s inner-kid loves ice cream. (Photo via Jereme Rauckman, Flickr)

If you’re organizing an ice cream social, ask for input on everyone’s favorite ice cream variation. However people prefer their ‘scream, it’s hugely popular in the U.S. The average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream every year, more than any other country, according to IceCream.com’s Fun Facts. Leading the way nationally in ice cream consumption are the citizens of Portland, Ore., so the rest of us have some catching up to do!

2. Encourage Camaraderie and Creativity with a Flavor “Bake-Off”

Summer can be a pretty blah season at work, with large numbers out on vacation, watching the clock for the weekend or distracted by the World Cup. Spark some excitement by organizing a team contest for the best unique ice cream flavor. Get creative juices going with this list of incredible (and possibly disgusting) ice cream flavors curated by a foodie blogger at Joonbug. The flavor list includes lobster, pizza, balsamic strawberry, Red Hot banana and chocolate-covered bacon. Find even more recipe inspiration here, like Lemon Basil Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Talking about food is an excellent ice-breaker or get-to-know-you activity for employees. Throwing in a competitive element will get people strategizing and working together — and laughing together.

(For more on keeping employees engaged in vacation season, check out our recent post “4 Strategies for Maintaining Employee Motivation During the Summer.”)

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Share your gratitude with ice cream. (Image via Jon Ashcroft, Flickr)

3. Ice Cream Says ‘Thank You’

Taking someone out for ice cream is the classic way to reward him or her for a job well done. It isn’t a one-way token of gratitude that you simply give. It’s a shared experience.

If you handle an employee rewards program for a large company where taking each and every employee out together for ice cream is logistically impossible, you can still share the experience with a gThankYou Ice Cream Gift Certificate of Gratitude. Our gift certificates for ice cream — in any amount you like, even $5 — are a perfect way to share gratitude and share in our communal love of ice cream. They can be tucked in an envelope, shared with a handshake or used to accompany and augment a small wrapped gift.

Ice cream gift certificates are also good to keep on hand for those times when you want to share a performance-based reward individually or with a specific team, in keeping with the latest best practices. Spontaneous, performance-based rewards are a growing trend in employee recognition.

For more on building a culture of happiness and appreciation, download our FREE ebook, “Winning with Workplace Gratitude”. Click the image below and start sharing your gratitude today!

Download Free eBook, "Workplace Gratitude" 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 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.

Workplace Wellness Programs that Work

Workplace Wellness - National Bike MonthCapitalize on public events like the recent National Bike to Work Day to make your workplace wellness programs more effective.

Why? The more actively your employees participate in wellness activities, the healthier they’ll be. A Workplace Wellness Study by RAND Corporation’s RAND Health,  finds that:

“Consistent with prior research, we find that lifestyle management interventions as part of workplace wellness programs can reduce risk factors, such as smoking, and increase healthy behaviors, such as exercise. We find that these effects are sustainable over time and clinically meaningful.”

The report refers to activities or actions that improve health as “lifestyle management interventions,” often with incentives for participating. For example, a business might offer a financial incentive, a gift such as a t-shirt, or a fruit and vegetable gift certificate for completing a smoking-cessation program, doing a fun run, or biking to work.

Tie Into Existing Events

Tying your wellness initiatives to existing races or events enables you to promote yours at little to no cost, and you don’t have to organize your own activities. You might encourage employees to do a community fun run as a team, and offer team t-shirts. 

Or you might plan your own event and tie into an existing one. May is National Bike Month, and the League of American Bicyclists offers a step-by step guide to planning workplace Bike to Work Day or Bike Month events. The league’s website also lists potential biking events.

You can download free resources like posters, web banners, social media resources to help promote your local events. If you need additional assistance or have questions, you can contact Liz Murphy, the league’s communications manager, at liz@bikeleague.org.

You’ll be right in style—more and more workers are interested in commuting by bicycle. USA Today’s article,  “Biking to Work Increases 60% in Past Decade,” quotes U.S. Census Bureau data  on the topic.

The Payoff

You’ll have healthier employees who are more “present” in the workplace, more productive, likelier to stay with your company, and to have less absenteeism.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Promotion webpage includes ample data supporting this axiom. 

And as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “Healthy Employees, Lower Premiums and Costs” article says, healthy employees also help keep your insurance premiums down.

Summer-time Wellness Opportunities

Summer-time is full of opportunities to support workplace wellness initiatives. There’s no reason to limit bike to work efforts to one month – just take advantage of the free press to kick-off your program.  June is national fruit and vegetable month, consider providing CSA’s and healthy cooking lessons to employees. Learn more by reading, “Building Workplace Wellness and Employee Engagement with CSA’s”.

Success Strategies

The RAND survey, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, by lead author Soeren Mattke et al, lists five keys to successful workplace wellness programs. 

  • Effective communication strategies: All five organizations in its case studies communicate wellness program information to employees, through face-to-face and mass communication. Employers emphasized the importance of clear messages from leadership.
  • Opportunity for employees to engage: Making wellness activities convenient and easily accessible for all employees can raise the level of employee engagement.
  • Leadership engaged at all levels: Senior leaders need to make wellness an organizational priority to shift company culture.
  • Use of existing resources and relationships: Using existing partnerships resources and building relationships, often with health plans, allows companies to expand offerings at little to no cost.
  • Continuous evaluation: Strive for continuous quality improvement in your wellness programs. Though RAND case study participants don’t conduct formal evaluations, they all solicit feedback from staff sand some conduct needs assessments to understand their employees’ wellness needs.

Remember: healthy employees are productive employees, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to encourage healthy lifestyles.

For more on fostering a lasting culture of appreciation, happiness and wellness in your workplace, download our FREE Guide to Workplace Gratitude. Click the image below and start sharing your gratitude today!

Download Free eBook, "Workplace Gratitude" 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.

Why Employee Gift Certificates Are So Popular

gThankYou! Employee Gift Certificates of GratitudeEmployee gift certificates can help energize a company’s recognition program, and if the latest research is any indication, many companies need that shot of energy — and employees crave it.

Two themes have emerged in recent years in workplace recognition research: employees overwhelmingly feel under-appreciated by their bosses, and yet experts say the most effective recognition — frequent, specific, timely — is more affordable and efficient than any elaborate holiday soiree or luxury gifts. Certainly no company intends for their employees to feel undervalued, yet the research is an indication that too many companies still don’t value a culture of appreciation and others are sinking resources into recognition programs that don’t work, all the while leaving their employees cold. The result? Poor retention, lackluster performance and lost opportunities.

Don’t get stuck using a lack-luster recognition program. Here are five reasons employee gift certificates bring vibrancy and effectiveness to your employee recognition program.

1. Easy

Employee gift certificates are easy to buy and easy to share, even with a distributed workforce.  Recipients love the flexibility of a gift they can choose to use when, where and how it works best for them. There’s no need to guess what the recipient wants, no need to purchase wrapping paper and get tangled up in tape and miles of ribbon, and no need for storage space of bulky items or refrigeration.

Gift certificates can be delivered in person by managers or company leadership, tucked in with a handwritten note of ‘thanks” or distributed through payroll accompanied with a letter of appreciation.

2. Affordable

Gift certificates can be purchased to fit any budget. Once in the hands of the lucky recipient, a gift certificate offers real value. Gift certificates don’t depreciate, and everyone can use them for their full value. (The same can’t be said, for instance, of a sweater that doesn’t fit or a frozen turkey that’s the wrong size for someone’s family.)

3. Meaningful

Right now you’ve probably got a corner in the basement full of dusty, “it’s the thought that counts” gifts. Nice in theory, not so nice in practice. The genuine expression of gratitude behind any gift is most important, naturally, but everyone still loves a gift they can actually use. In today’s economy, a practical gift that can be shared with the family is especially meaningful and appreciated. Gift certificates put the power of choice and practicality in the hands of the recipient.

4. There when you need it

Did your assistant ace his prep for a presentation, or has your sales staff done a particularly superb job meeting goals this month? Gift certificates can be stashed away for moments like these, there when you need them most. This type of specific, on-the-spot recognition not only makes employees feel valued and appreciated, but also raises the satisfaction and productivity levels of the whole work group!

It’s also the preferred recognition method of the youngest generation of workers. Among Millennials, 80 percent said they prefer on-the-spot recognition over formal reviews, “and feel that this is imperative for their growth and understanding of a job,” according to Dan Schawbel, branding expert and author of “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Building an Outstanding Career.”

5. Perfect for peer-to-peer recognition

Employee gift certificates are a convenient reward to offer in peer-to-peer recognition programs. This recognition method is quickly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness in the workplace. After all, who knows your employees better than their coworkers? Peer-to-peer recognition provides a meaningful way for coworkers to show and earn respect with each other, a major motivator according to the YouEarnedIt Blog’s “5 Tips, 3 Approaches for Encouraging Peer-to-Peer Recognition.”

You don’t need a huge budget to build a culture of appreciation where employees love the company and give their best work.  Employee gift certificates are an easy, affordable and effective way to share workplace gratitude and celebrate employees.

For more ideas on how to build a culture of workplace appreciation, download and share our FREE eBook, “Workplace Gratitude” now.





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.

Free Holiday Ham Guide: The Perfect Addition to Your Easter Ham Gift

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Click the image to download your FREE Holiday Ham Guide!

Spring celebrations include graduations, Mother’s Day, baptisms, and of course, religious holidays like Easter. It’s a time for healthy feasting to symbolize the end of a long winter and the beginning of a fresh new season.

Whatever you’re celebrating this spring, if you’re including a ham for the main course, you’ll want to find the easiest, tastiest recipes to consider for preparing the main course for the cutting board. Actually, even before looking for the best recipes to cook your ham, you’ll want to decide between cured and uncured. And remember, with gThankYou! ham gift certificates, it’s easy to give the gift of a main course ingredient to employees, friends, family, and anyone else on your gift shopping list this spring. Our Free Holiday Ham Guide helps!

Cured vs Uncured

There are different types of hams, depending on how they are processed after slaughter. The most common type of ham you see in grocery stores is wet-cured. These are brands like Hormel, Cook’s, and HoneyBaked. Wet-cured hams are soaked or injected with brine then broiled or smoked. Dry-cured hams are rubbed with salt and sugar, dry-aged between three months and three years, and sold raw. You’ll learn about these and other types of ham in our free cookbook.

Best Tasting Ways to Cook Ham

Hams can be cooked in various ways, including baking, boiling, grilling, and deep frying. Glazing is a popular way to bring out rich flavors and add citrus, apple, onion, whiskey, and other undertones to your special occasion ham. Good ingredients for ham glazes include mustard, spices like cloves and cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, molasses, and even soda. You may have a favorite holiday ham recipe, possibly your grandmother’s recipe or one passed down through your family. If not, you may want to browse recipes at Epicurious to find ham recipes collected from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and other great recipes sources. Consider a deviled ham or a new glaze you’ve never tried.

After It’s Over – Leftovers

Unless you’re feeding a starving hoard, you’ll have some ham leftover, and that’s a good thing. Freeze leftover ham to use in the weeks following your special meal. It’s great for many meals other than sandwiches. Besides the recipes for leftover ham in our free ham cookbook, check out our ideas for ham leftovers, like macaroni and cheese with country ham and shirred eggs and ham.

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.

Plan Your Easter Ham Gift Promotions

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Easter is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to reward both customers and employees alike. Ham is a Spring tradition, and here at  gThankYou we make giving the gift of ham both simple and rewarding.

It’s never been easier to order. You can visit our website for Ham Certificates, Turkey Certificates, and even for Groceries! We are also available to take your order over the phone, seven days a week. Give us a call at (888) 484-1658.

Our certificates are all about gratitude, and we go the extra mile to make sure our customers know it. We offer free Enclosure Cards with every order, and with dozens upon dozens of designs to choose from, we know you’ll be able to find the perfect card for the occasion. We also offer free customization of your favorite Enclosure Card, with a personal message and even your company logo.

gThankYou Certificates of Gratitude are a wonderful way to remind employees and customers that you are thinking of them this Spring. Give the gift of a delicious ham this Easter, we will make the entire process a breeze.

To learn about building a culture of appreciation in your workplace this Spring, download our free guide to “Workplace Gratitude” and start sharing your gratitude 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 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.

Delight Employees this Spring with gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates

gThankYou! Ham Gift CertificateSpring has officially started, even though there’s still snow on the ground in a lot of areas. It’s time for spring break, planning Easter with relatives, and thinking about summer plans for the family.  Your employees and clients have weathered the long winter season with you, so it’s time to show them some well deserved appreciation. Why not delight everyone with a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate to be enjoyed with family and friends this spring holiday season.

gThankYou! Makes Showing Your Workplace Gratitude Easy

With gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates, you don’t have to worry about the logistics or coordination of ordering, storing, and distributing a truckload of hams to show you care.  Call us at 888-484-1658 or order online and have your Certificates of Gratitude as fast as tomorrow morning.  We offer free “Thank You” cards to go with your order which can be personalized with your message and company logo if desired.  Click here to see our Spring Thank You Card designs.  We send you a proof for your approval.  It’s that easy.

Spring "Thank You" CardAll varieties of gThankYou! Gift Certificates are good for any Brand of merchandise selected, at virtually any grocery store nationwide.  Recipients love the convenience to buy what they want, where and when they want.  You’ll love how easy it is to share your workplace gratitude.

In this economy, employees especially appreciate practical gifts that can be shared with family and friends as shown in research by consumer and corporate incentives company Parago.

Share our FREE Ham Cookbook!

Please enjoy and tell recipients about our FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook.  The perfect complement to a thoughtful gift of a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate. Download the cookbook now by clicking on the image below. 

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This cookbook can also be found and downloaded from the gThankYou! website under the “Information for Recipients” tab.

Want to get creative when distributing your spring ham gift certificates? Combine your gift with another to engage colleagues and have fun at work too, such as:

  • Offer a cooking class on great glazes for ham or easy sides to go with a ham dinner.
  • Send recipients home with an apron imprinted with the company logo.
  • Throw a quick afternoon party to publicly recognize great work and share your gratitude with the workplace.
  • Allow employees to delight top customers or clients with the unexpected gift of a Ham Gift Certificate.

So this spring, build loyalty, engagement and delight with the unexpected gift of a Ham for the spring holidays.  gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates make it easy for you to share your workplace gratitude, and are loved by recipients.

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 
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Easy Employee Recognition with gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates

Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate by gThankYou!Any day is a good day to share your thanks and appreciation with hard-working employees and colleagues.  The spring holidays, Passover (14th to 22nd) and Easter (20th) are an especially good time to celebrate employees with a thoughtful gift of a Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate by gThankYou!  A meaningful yet affordable gift that can be shared with families to enjoy for the holidays.

The coming month, April, is full of celebrations so if honoring the spring holidays isn’t the right thing for your company, take advantage of any of the other fun occasions to engage employees and celebrate in your workplace.  Spring is a great time to make a break from the grey overhang of winter and celebrate the potential of the year ahead.

Why not consider celebrating National Walk to Work Day (4th), Volunteer Recognition Day (20th), Earth Day (22nd), Administrative Professionals Day (23rd) or Take Your Daughter to Work Day (24th), to name just a few? Peruse the less established, unique or for-fun holidays and you’ll find even more opportunities to create fun in the workplace, such as International Moment of Laughter Day (14th), Reach As High As You Can Day (15th) and National High-Five Day (17th).

Holidays are vital to honoring tradition and sharing what’s meaningful to us, of course, but when it comes to the workplace the most important celebration is the everyday culture of gratitude you create for employees all year-long.

A company loses out when it makes a big show of celebrating employees only during the obligatory times, like Thanksgiving. Research into workplace retention repeatedly shows that when employees don’t feel appreciated, they’re more likely to look elsewhere for employment.

Remember the children’s story about the tortoise and the hare? The hare brags about being the fastest runner around, but in the end, the tortoise ends up beating him in a race by staying focused and consistent. Workplace gratitude is similar — a big splashy holiday party is fun, but soon forgotten if your overall employee recognition program isn’t a consistent and everyday aspect of your company’s culture.

Gratitude is so engrained in our society in other ways — what are the “magic words” we teach toddlers as soon as they can talk? — but it’s often neglected in the workplace. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, writes in an article for the Harvard Business Review “Why Appreciation Matters So Much”:

…we’re not fluent in the language of positive emotions in the workplace. We’re so unaccustomed to sharing them that we don’t feel comfortable doing so. Heartfelt appreciation is a muscle we’ve not spent much time building, or felt encouraged to build.

Fortunately, resources abound for managers looking to improve their fluency in the language of positive emotions like gratitude. Sharpen your skills by practicing random acts of kindness in your workplace (never underestimate the power of goodwill!) or trying one of our 6 Simple Steps to Building Employee Happiness.

Free "Thank You" Card from gThankYou!Holidays come and go, but a culture of gratitude is forever.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude provide leaders with affordable, meaningful and convenient ways to share your workplace gratitude any day. This spring, delight employees with an unexpected treat of a Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate or one of our other popular gift certificate varieties. Be sure to choose one of our free new spring “thank you” card designs to personalize your appreciation.

To learn more about building a culture of appreciation and gratitude, download our free guide to Workplace Gratitude and start sharing your thanks today!





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.

Employee Appreciation Gift Certificates by gThankYou! Delight All

PDF Fan with CardResearch shows that acts of altruism, such as sharing gThankYou’s employee appreciation gift certificates, are as uplifting an experience for the giver as they are for the recipient.

Even better, such behavior fueled by compassion, kindness and generosity tends to spread “like wildfire,” according to studies reviewed by Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education — adding to the increasing body of evidence that emotions are as contagious as the common cold. (If you’re interested in reading about more compassion-related research, Huffington Post has a helpful RSS feed of articles from Project Compassion Stanford.)

Being compassionate often requires a shift in perception. On Huffington Post, Emma Seppala, Ph.D., illustrates the power of this mindshift with a Buddhist myth about lunch in hell vs. lunch in heaven. In hell, diners are placed before a scrumptious buffet but cannot eat because the forks are too long. As a result, the diners live in eternal frustration and hunger. In heaven, diners are placed before the same buffet and eat heartily by using the same long-pronged forks to feed each other.

“The same circumstances can be experienced very differently depending on our attitudes and behavior,” Seppala writes. “Scientific data suggests that compassion is the intelligent way.”

Here are three scientifically proven ways a generous act like sharing employee appreciation gift certificates can be a win-win for you, your employees and the overall culture at your workplace.

1. It inspires others. A researcher at the University of Virginia describes the feeling generated by altruism as a state of “elevation” — like a chemical high — and suggests this may be the force behind the chain reaction of giving. The appreciation you show coworkers and employees is likely to spark a wave of goodwill in your workplace that can affect even those who aren’t the direct recipients, such as clients or customers.

2. It’s energizing. Depression and anxiety — individual or collective — are linked to self-preoccupation, an energy-sapping emotional state that is draining on everyone who comes in contact with it. When you share gifts, you shift the focus to others and to a culture of giving. Self-absorption dissipates and your whole workplace is energized.

3. It breeds happiness. Generosity wakes up the “pleasure centers” in the brain — the same ones activated by chocolate, money and sex — and actually makes us happier than if we were just buying something for ourselves.

Speaking of happiness, Pharrell Williams sings in his hit song “Happy” that happiness feels like a “room without a roof.” It’s a great turn of phrase, and it also describes well the expansive potential that researchers have discovered in the act of giving. The more you give, the more you get and the happier everyone is. Try it today.

When was the last time you experienced the “chain reaction” effect of generosity? How do you spread altruism in your workplace?

For tips on sharing your employee appreciation, download our FREE “Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving” by clicking below.

 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.