Category Archives: Workplace Gifts

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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It’s Time to Plan Your Turkey Gift Program!

Plan your turkey gift program with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and delight your workplace!

Delight Your Workplace with the gift of a Thanksgiving Turkey – Photo via Betty Crocker recipes, Flickr

Leaves are falling and Thanksgiving is fast approaching making it the perfect time to plan your turkey gift program for your workplace.

After all, as Sarah Johnson,  chief growth strategist with Inovautus Consulting, writes in “This Thanksgiving, show employees your gratitude”:

While businesses deal with challenging issues continually, she notes, at Thanksgiving:

“I believe we all have an opportunity to be grateful for what we have now and to show gratitude to our employees. Food is the language of love. After all, isn’t that the centerpiece of this wonderful holiday?”

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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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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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Holiday Employee Gift-Giving for a Distributed Workforce

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Don’t let the season of Thanksgiving, tinsel, eggnog and holiday parties sneak up on you. (Photo via Jamie McCaffrey, Flickr)

Employee gift-giving for the holidays may seem far off, but if you manage a large distributed workforce, it’s not too early to start. gThankYou! offers organizations easy, affordable and meaningful ways to delight employees whether centralized or across a multitude of locations.

Summer isn’t over yet — keep those swimsuits and barbecue tongs handy! — but make things easy on yourself and your company by getting a head start on holiday employee gift-giving.

Here at gThankYou! we have years of experience helping organizations coordinate gifts for distributed workforces. We know what a challenging process it can be, so we’ve come up with a system to make it as smooth and easy as possible while meeting your company’s individual needs.

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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”:

Employee appreciation - US Army Garrison Red Cloud

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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 ( is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at 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 ( is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at 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.