Category Archives: Workplace Gifts

6 Ways to Thank Employees Without Breaking the Budget

gThankYou! knows many ways to thank employees, especially on a budget!

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Don’t let budget constraints keep you from recognizing employees! There are ways to thank employees affordably and effectively.

Recognition isn’t optional! Be sure your company’s employee recognition programs don’t go dormant because budgets are tight.

Companies that forego gratitude risk losing employees. According to survey cited by Fast Company, a majority of surveyed employees say they would leave their current jobs immediately for a company that clearly recognizes employees on a regular basis.

The good news is, rewarding employees and motivating performance “does not always require a tremendous outlay of money,” according to Inc. Even modest recognition programs have an impact when objectives are strategically aligned with corporate business goals.

Maybe you’re thinking: But my company’s budget is really small!

Don’t worry! “The real answer is there is no budget too small. Even if you have no budget funds, a thank-you note, paid time off or a company-wide email recognizing an employee’s efforts can make an impact on employee engagement,” according to the UsMotivation blog post, “How to Budget for Employee Recognition Programs.”

Read on for six ways to thank employees effectively — and still keep your accounting department happy!

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Summer Employee Appreciation Fundamentals

Summertime engagement 101

Bring employees together for summertime engagement. (Photo via US Department of Education)

Summer employee appreciation can be tricky. It’s prime vacation season, plus, not all employees work through the summer — like school bus drivers and teachers, for example!

What engagement strategies do you use to stay connected with employees and build community throughout the summer? 

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Summer’s 7 Best Employee Thank You Gifts

How will you give out employee thank you gifts?

A carnival-themed party: an employee thank you gift for the whole family! Photo via Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Flickr.

Employee thank you gifts show your workers that you appreciate them and value their contributions. A thank-you is especially meaningful when expressed through a personal note of appreciation, a handshake and heartfelt words of thanks, or leadership’s laudatory remarks at a special event.

Summer is a great time to give inventive employee thank you gifts, from planned events to impromptu, informal thanks. Don’t underestimate the power of a personal thank you! In Forbes article Employee Recognition: Cost-Free To Provide, Costly To Neglect,” former executive Victor Lipman writes, 

“If I learned anything in decades in business it’s that the kind of recognition employees really appreciate in the trenches…in the day-to-day grind of work…is [simple]. It’s a pat on the back from their manager. It’s being told they’re doing a good job. It’s a heartfelt thank you for a tough project well done. Sincere appreciation sincerely expressed.”

Lipman also blogs in Psychology Today’s “Mind of the Manager,” and is author of The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World.

Here are 7 suggestions for summer employee thank you gifts for both individuals and groups.

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Grow Your Business With A Fall Turkey Promotion!

gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates have universal appeal and are good for ANY BRAND, at virtually ANY GROCER in the U.S.

Plan now for your Fall Turkey Promotion with gThankYou! and rest easy knowing you’ll be ready with an easy, effective way to grow your business this autumn.

A fall turkey promotion boosts your business during the ramp-up to the busy holiday shopping season, a key period for enticing new customers and thanking your loyal customers.

When you choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates for your fall turkey promotion, we make it easy for you to offer a practical, meaningful and seasonal gift of gratitude that has broad appeal!

Why Plan Early?

The holiday shopping season brings in a cool $1 trillion, or about 6 percent of the entire U.S. economy. For the retail industry, holiday shopping accounts for about 20 percent of annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

Choose a fall turkey promotion and you’re getting a head start on cultivating repeat customers as the holiday shopping season heats up.

When you start your promotions early, you have more time to connect with customers, get to know them and provide meaningful enticement for their return business. Shoppers start their planning early — so it’s important to start planning your promotions early, too.

By July, nearly half of shoppers in a Google survey had already made plans for when to purchase their holiday gifts and were already deciding on brands and products.

“Of those actively planning, 30 percent are expecting to start before Halloween, with 9 percent starting before Labor Day,” according to Think With Google bloggers Erin Dean, Jacalyn Stolt and Nina Thatcher.

Starting early is also an opportunity to reach the full 51 percent of shoppers who haven’t yet started planning or making purchasing decisions by mid-summer.

“With pervasive marketing efforts, you can get them thinking about the holidays — and your brand — before any others,” the Google team writes.

Finding repeat customers and keeping them happy are the bread and butter of business-building.

Steady customers help businesses weather lean economic times,” writes SumAll blogger Mark Uzunian. “Businesses with 40 percent repeat customers generated nearly 50 percent more revenue than similar businesses with only 10 percent repeat customers.”

Sharing a promotion gift or perk with first-time customers, especially on high-value purchases, increases the likelihood that they’ll become repeat customers, according to Uzunian.

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Get Healthy With Easy Workplace Wellness Strategies

Stretch it out! Let workplace wellness transform your employees AND your business!

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Workplace wellness benefits not only employees, but your business, too! As the CDC posts in “Wellness at Work,”

“Ideally, the office should be a place that not only protects the safety and well-being of employees but also provides them opportunities for better long-term health.”

It’s an important employee benefit, but it also improves your bottom line. In “8 Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace,” Inc. contributor Lauren Lastowka notes:

“Wellness programs are linked to greater productivity, less absenteeism, and a reduction of long-term health care costs.”

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Celebrate BBQ Season with Ham Gift Certificates

Share your workplace love with gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates!

A ham gift certificate is just the ticket to help employees celebrate summer. Photo via Ken K, Flickr

It may not be summer yet, but it is BBQ season — so share your thanks by delighting employees with Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou!

When you think of barbecuing, ham may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but Food Network experts like Patrick and Gina Neely, stars of Down Home With the Neelys, swear by it. Take a look at their mouthwatering “Grilled Holiday Honey Ham” recipe. Now that’s a feast fit for a summer celebration!

So why not share the joy of summer BBQ season and surprise your employees—whether it’s all staff, top achievers, or a successful project team—with ham gift certificates?  gThankYou! makes ordering easy by phone (888-484-1658) or online (www.gThankYou.com) with delivery as fast at next day. Plus, we provide FREE ‘Thank You” Cards customizable with your message and company logo (if desired).

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Show You Care with a Business Thank You Gift Certificate!

A thoughtful thank you gift is the perfect way to show employees, vendors, and even customers that you care.  Who doesn’t like to be surprised with a gesture of gratitude? Add a heartfelt card of  “thanks” and your recipients will be sure to remember your appreciation.

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Saying “Thank You” is easy, meaningful, and affordable!

Rather than shop for a memento they’ll put on a shelf (if you’re lucky), or selecting logo wear they are unlikely to use, consider choosing a gift certificate that lets recipients choose a gift they actually want, from any store, anytime.

In Entrepreneur article 10 Ways to Say Thank You,” writer Kara Ohngren names the virtues of expressing your thanks. 

“It’s amazing how far a simple ‘thank you’ can go. Research shows that customers spend more, employees accomplish more, and vendors are more likely to pay on time, if they’re thanked regularly.”

A business thank you gift certificate is a simple, effective way to do just that!

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Plan Now for Summer Employee Thank You Gifts!

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Share your workplace ‘thanks’ this summer with a thoughtful card and gift.

Employee thank you gifts are appreciated anytime! With summer fast approaching, why not take advantage of the warm weather and joy of the season to share gratitude in your workplace?

After all, as David Horsager, author of The Trust Edge, writes in a Forbes article, “Your Most Powerful Forgotten Weapon: Gratitude,” if we only think about gratitude at Thanksgiving, “we overlook the immense power of practicing it daily, especially in a business context.”

His research shows that gratitude makes a difference, and that people don’t require grand gestures, just heartfelt ones.

“Simple but genuine thank yous or small, handwritten notes of appreciation can mean the world to people.”

Simple, small, appreciative: means a whole lot more than monetary gifts! As Mike Michalowicz, CEO of consulting firm Provendus Group, writes in “101 Ways to Reward Employees (Without Giving Them Cash)”:

“Cash has proven to be a short-term motivator for employees. Save yours and try one of these more meaningful (and less expensive) ways to show them you care.”

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Why Does Staff Appreciation Matter?

Staff appreciation is easier than you think!

Staff Appreciation Matters!

Staff appreciation is not only important, it’s critical! In “Why Recognition,” employee recognition firm Globoforce lists the bottom-line benefits of staff appreciation:

Drive Measurable Business Results—The simple act of recognizing employees has a proven impact on your bottom line.

Retain Top Talent—Recognize your employees and they’ll stay, grow, and thrive. Great recognition has a proven, direct impact on retention.

Breathe Life Into Your Values—Use employee recognition to make values actionable for employees every day.

Inspire Employee Engagement—Appreciation inspires not only emotional commitment but discretionary effort.

And that’s important, the Globoforce website notes:

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10 Ways to Thank Your Team Like a Pro

Thank your team -- a little goes a long way!

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to thank your team. Photo via becky731

Thank your team regularly — it pays off in so many ways! Enjoy more engaged, productive employees who are willing to go the extra mile for you, who take initiative in solving problems, and who treat your customers right. All of this, of course, improves your bottom line.

In “25 Low-Cost Ways to Reward Employees,”  Forbes contributor  Kevin Kruse says that feeling appreciated—derived from others’ recognition—is a proven top-three driver of employee engagement.

How can you thank your team in creative ways without spending a ton of money? Here are 10 ways to thank them like a pro!

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