Category Archives: Workplace Gifts

How to Start a Workplace Wellness Program

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Easy workplace wellness activities – organize walks or exercise classes at lunch-time

There’s never a better time to start a workplace wellness program than now!

“When workplace wellness programs are implemented correctly by using thorough, company-specific research and planning, they have win-win potential for both the employer and the employees.”

That’s according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), in Wellness Programs: How can wellness programs benefit employers, and what are the general steps for implementing a wellness program? *

SHRM observes that wellness programs can benefit employers by:

  • Lowering health care costs.
  • Reducing absenteeism.
  • Achieving higher employee productivity.
  • Reducing workers’ compensation and disability-related costs.
  • Reducing injuries.
  • Improving employee morale and loyalty.

In “Quick Shots for #HR and Business Pros–#Wellness Edition,” HR consultant Sharlyn Lauby notes:

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number one killer of women and men in the U.S. It’s also the leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities, as well as costing the nation over $300 billion each year from the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity.”

How to Start a Workplace Wellness program?

A workplace wellness program can be as simple as structured lunch-time walks or sponsored team athletic events, to state-of-the-art fitness centers, healthy living programs and on-site counseling.  If you are just starting out, there’s no harm in starting small, learning what works and expand offerings over-time.

According to SHRM, the basic steps to starting a workplace wellness program include the following.  SHRM members can login and download a free toolkit called “Designing and Managing Wellness Programs”.

  1. Establish the goal of the wellness program.
  2. Decide the company’s level of involvement in the program.
  3. Establish the budget and expected ROI.
  4. Choose employee rewards.
  5. Write and communicate the policy/program.

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Happy National Pie Day!

Celebrate National Pie Day!

Cherry, blueberry, banana cream, Shepherd’s, lemon meringue or good ol’ apple — what are your favorite pies? (via sbogdanich, Flickr)

National Pie Day is today Friday, Jan. 23, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to engage employees with a tasty, fun celebration.

Why Pie?

Well, besides being absolutely delicious, pie is one of the most versatile dishes around. Sweet or savory, pies can be adapted to fit just about any preference or dining need. Everyone loves pie!

Sharing a slice of pie is a great chance to create some goodwill in the office, provide an opportunity for colleagues to share time with one and another, and communicates “thank you” for being part of our team.

Pies have been around “as long as mankind has had dough to bake into a crust and stuff to put inside it,” as TIME’s Laura Meyer puts it in “A Brief History of Pie.”

The history of pie is especially rich here in the U.S. There’s even an unincorporated village in New Mexico called Pie Town! (You’ll definitely want some pie after reading Smithsonian Magazine’s feature on it, “Savoring Pie Town.”)

Need more reasons to celebrate National Pie Day? Here are a “baker’s dozen” ways to make your National Pie Day pie-tastic, adapted from the American Pie Council.

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Now’s the Time to Recognize Holiday Workers

Be sure to recognize holiday workers!

Photo via Jen Collins, Flicker

Now that the new year is in full swing, don’t forget to recognize your holiday workers—those who worked holiday shifts rather than celebrating with family and friends. You want to ensure they still feel engaged, valued and enthused, as they are the ones who made sure you were open for business during the holidays.

Be Sure to Recognize Holiday Workers

If you can afford to do so, giving holiday workers a bonus is always appreciated, but as Fox Business article “How to Keep Workers Happy When Working Holiday Shifts,” notes:

“While many smaller companies can’t afford to give their workers holiday bonuses, there are other ways to keep employee morale up”, says Daniel Rubin, vice president of Aon Hewitt Talent & Rewards Practice.

“Not enough companies recognize employees in this way,” he goes on. “It’s easy to do, in a sense of saying, ‘Thank you.’ It’s the standpoint of taking the time and not necessarily spending money, and that is something every single company should do.”

Even if budgets are tight, give holiday workers a small token of your thanks, even if it’s just a $5 or $10 gift certificate, a home-cooked meal or a hand-written thank-you note, Rubin says.

Be sure to link this action specifically with your employee’s working on a holiday or overtime, this way he or she will be more inclined to repeat it in the future.

“Making that connection makes the effort more real to employees that their work was recognized,” Rubin says. “Get specific with them. When employees make a link between anything the company does for them with their own effort, that makes all the difference.”

The Power of “Thanks”

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FREE Ham Cookbook! Cooking the Perfect Holiday Ham

Holiday-Ham-Guide_Spread_SMThe perfect accompaniment to your gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate is our FREE Ham Cookbook, “Holiday Ham Guide”!

Whether you’re a ham novice or have served ham at family gatherings for years, you’ll find practical information you can use immediately to make your holiday celebration delicious, stress-free and fun.

Best of all, it’s absolutely free. Read on to find out more about what’s in our “Holiday Ham Guide” and why it’s essential to making your holiday feast this year the best one yet!

How to Cook the perfect Holiday ham

Part one: Ham basics

You’ll find helpful answers to questions such as:

  • What exactly is ham?
  • How should I serve a city ham vs. a country ham?
  • What’s the difference between bone-in and boneless?
  • When it says “water-added” on the label, what does this mean?
  • How big a ham should I get for a family gathering of 12?
  • Where and how long should I thaw a frozen ham?

We’ve also got a glossary of ham terminology, so you’ll know what to look for at the grocery store (and what to avoid!).

Part two: Cooking and glazing the Ham

Not all hams cook alike. In fact, there’s quite a bit of variation depending on the style and size of your ham. We provide detailed instructions in this section for how to prepare your ham:

  • Baking
  • Boiling
  • Grilling
  • Smoking
  • Deep-Frying

We also present tips from the best authorities on ham preparation, including star chefs like Paula Deen, Alton Brown, Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart.

Glazing your ham from scratch is a lot easier than it sounds! We demystify the various glazing options, including:

  • Cola
  • Beer, Bourbon or Whiskey
  • Honey, Molasses or Brown Sugar
  • Fruit
  • Mustard
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Spices

Part Three: The Finer Points of Ham

You know how to shop for your ham and prepare it. Now what?

Follow our carving guide for the best way to serve your ham. Plus, in this section, we get into:

  • What Tools and Utensils You’ll Need
  • How to Safely Handle Leftovers
  • Recipes For Other Ham Dishes, Including Appetizers, Soups, Scrambles, Pot Pies and Casseroles
  • Uses for the Ham Bone

Part Four: Additional Resources

Your holiday ham is the centerpiece of your feast, but what tastes good alongside it? In part four, we go over what side dishes pair best with ham in the winter vs. the spring. We’ve also got an extensive list of resources to help you plan your meal, including the most reliable and creative recipe websites.

We hope our free ham cookbook is helpful to you and inspires your best holiday celebration yet!

Wishing you and your family a peaceful holiday week and a happy New Year!



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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.

How to Distribute Workplace Gifts Like Santa!

How to distribute workplace gifts just like Santa!

Superstar gift-distributor Santa Claus is a model for how to distribute workplace gifts. (Photo via Roberto Verzo)

Nobody knows how to distribute gifts like Santa Claus!

How does he do it? Well, we’ll never really know all of Santa’s secrets, but the 2011 children’s movie Arthur Christmas has an elaborate theory on how Santa delivers all those gifts in one night.

According to the movie, Santa is able to make all deliveries in 12 hours because he has an arsenal of high-tech gadgets, a sleigh that’s four miles wide, and the help of one million elves out in the field and 25,000 more elves back at mission control headquarters at the North Pole.

As fun as it is to speculate, the real secret of Santa’s enduring and beloved gift delivery isn’t in his gadgets or the physics of his sleigh. It’s in the way he shares gifts. He radiates goodwill, personalizes each and every gift and inspires all with his hearty and heartfelt messages of holiday cheer.

Santa is a superstar gift-distributor and a great model for how to distribute workplace gifts. Read on to find out how you can follow the Santa model at your workplace.

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Helpful Tips for Last-Minute Employee Holiday Gift Givers

It's never too late for employee holiday gifts with gThankYou!

It isn’t too late to bring holiday cheer to your workplace! (Photo via Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

Need last-minute employee holiday gifts? Don’t stress! We’ve got tips that’ll make your gift-giving easy, meaningful and appreciated.

Now that it’s mid-December, we’re counting down the holiday season in days, not weeks. Time is of the essence, and even the slightest planning ahead steers clear of holiday gifts that are obviously rushed, thoughtless or generic.

USA Today recently cited a Consumer Reports study of gift-giving in the workplace. A whopping 30 percent of people agree that coworkers and bosses give the worst holiday gifts. Yikes! Don’t use procrastination as an excuse to add to that statistic.

Take a deep breath and follow these steps for sharing great employee holiday gifts at the last-minute (without letting it show).

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The Secret to Great Employee Holiday Gifts: Gratitude!

What's the key to employee holiday gifts? An attitude of gratitude!

Relax and make gratitude the focus of your employee holiday gifts. In this photo, members of the North Dakota National Guard deliver holiday gifts to residents of a Veterans Home. (Photo via U.S. Army, Flickr)

If you’re in charge of employee holiday gifts, you’re probably under a lot of pressure right now. No boss wants to be remembered as the misguided (or worse — thoughtless!) workplace gift-giverdoling out frozen turkeys with no way to keep them frozen, a bag of bean soup mix, wrong sized logo-wear, or other too personal or disappointing gifts.

Fortunately it’s easy to avoid those terrible-gift scenarios altogether and share employee gifts that are meaningful to recipients and affordable for you!

doing employee holiday gifts right: The Gratitude Attitude

The secret of successful employee holiday gifts is in the overall company attitude. Are you sharing gifts because you feel obligated or because it makes the company look good? Uh-oh!

Gift-giving is a great business strategy for employee recognition and retention — even better than cash bonuses, according to recent research — but your efforts are at risk of falling flat if you lose sight of why we share gifts: to show appreciation.

Attorney Harley Storrings, contributing writer at Biz Journals, advises against any ungracious gift-giving. His recent column, “5 Guidelines for Holiday Gifts in the Workplace”, is a helpful, practical how-to on workplace gift-budgeting and communication. He concludes with one piece of advice that really gets to the heart of gift-giving:

“… always remember that the point of office gift exchanges is to express our appreciation for colleagues and managers in a meaningful and tangible way. Most problems arise when gifts are exchanged for other reasons.”

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gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates Delight All!

Employees love our gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Certificates -- especially with a FREE personalized Enclosure Card!The gThankYou! team hopes that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, as we did. We’re planning to delight our workforce with gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates this holiday season and we’d love to help you do the same!

‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, celebrations with friends, parties with colleagues. Surely your employees, business partners, and valued customers would love to serve a turkey or ham — provided by you!

gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude are affordable, easy and convenient — for the giver and the recipient. You can order them online with a couple of clicks, and in most cases they’ll ship the same day you order.

Just ONE of our many free Winter Designs!Choose from dozens of our FREE customizable Enclosure Cards! We have a specially-designed Winter Holidays catalog. Choose your favorite design and customize a personal message — we can even include your company logo!

gThankYou!  offers Turkey and Ham Certificates!

Photo via Betty Crocker Recipes, Flickr

Imagine how delighted your customers, colleagues, and employees will be when
you hand them a gThankYou! gift certificate for a turkey or ham. Accompany your certificate with a big smile, a handshake, and well wishes — if you can specifically compliment each employee for his or her accomplishments, even better!

Recipients can redeem their gThankYou! Gift Certificates at the grocery store they want, whenever they want. They select the turkey or ham that fits the occasion.  Any Brand, any preparation – fresh, frozen or cooked.

What could be easier or more welcome?

Follow our blog, Celebrating Work, for additional ideas on how to distribute gThankYou! gift certificates and for year-round coverage of industry best practices for gratitude and recognition in the workplace.

Questions? Check our user-friendly 2-page guide below! 


Click here to download our FREE Guide to gThankYou! Gift Certificates!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving! From Our Family to Yours

The gThankYou! family wishes you and yours a hearty Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!This is one of our very favorite holidays because it’s about sharing our gratitude for and spending time with family and friends, and giving thanks for the bounty and blessings of our lives.

There’s something special about sitting around the table enjoying a delicious roast turkey dinner with all our favorite foods, reminiscing, talking about things to come, and enjoying one another’s company.  It’s a treasured holiday with our family and we hope it is with yours too!

At gThankYou! we couldn’t be successful without our greatest asset–our valued employees–and we thank each and every one of them for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to gThankYou! We’re grateful too, for all of our customers, who trust us to deliver timely, convenient gift certificates of gratitude to their work families. And to those of you who just enjoy our blog posts, thank you for reading, sharing and commenting! We hope our suggestions and tips are helpful to you and your businesses.

Here’s a little Thanksgiving poem by Joanna Fuchs of Poemsource that we thought you might enjoy:

Thanksgiving Feasting
When the Halloween pumpkins are gone,
And the leaves have all fallen to ground,
When the air has turned windy and cold,
Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.
Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,
Pleasant pictures from past times appear
To dwell in each heart and each mind–
Then Thanksgiving is finally here!
The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,
The dining room looks oh, so fine,
Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,
And now we are ready to dine!

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving — from our family to yours!

To help you have the best Thanksgiving dinner celebration ever, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Cookbook and Guide by clicking below now:thanksgiving turkey cookbook

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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 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.

FREE Turkey Cookbook! Easy Steps to the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook for the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey.This Thanksgiving, serve your loved ones the perfect Thanksgiving turkey! Our FREE turkey cookbook, “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” is chock-full of information making it easy and fun for you whether you are a first time cook or a seasoned pro.

The gThankYou! Free Turkey Cookbook: A Sneak Peek

Tips for Shopping

Do you know how to pick out the perfect bird? We answer important questions like:

  • What size should I buy?
  • Fresh or frozen?
  • What’s the difference between commercial, free-range, heritage, natural, organic, self-basted or kosher?
  • How far in advance do I need to buy it?

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