Category Archives: Workplace Gifts

gThankYou! Makes Employee Thanksgiving Gifts Easy!

What could be better than employee Thanksgiving gifts?

Share your ‘thanks’ this Thanksgiving with a gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate! Photo via icoNYCa, Flickr.

The signs of fall are on their way! You know what that means — the time for employee Thanksgiving gifts is just around the corner. Halloween decorations are already in stores!

The earlier you plan for the holiday, the less last-minute scrambling you’ll have to do. What better time to exercise the employee recognition strategies you learn about year-round than with a thoughtful gift of a Thanksgiving turkey?

gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are America’s favorite employee Thanksgiving gift, and your staff can redeem them for Any Brand of turkey, any preparation, at virtually Any Major U.S. Grocery Store.

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Give the Workplace Gift Everyone Needs: Flexibility!

Make flexibility a workplace gift in YOUR company!

The flexibility to work when and where you want is a valued workplace benefit, especially this busy back-to-school time of year.

As summer winds down, the workplace gift employees appreciate most is a flexible schedule!

As people take last-minute summer outings and families prepare kids for the new school years, work/life balance is more important than ever.

Late August is especially challenging for parents and caregivers sending older kids off to college and preparing younger ones to go back to school. There are some responsibilities people just need to take care of during a workday, like meeting their child’s Kindergarten teacher or attending mandatory parent school meetings.  A little flexibility this time of year can go a long way to building employee loyalty and morale.  It’s a valuable workplace gift indeed – and it’s good for your business, too!

GivE Workers the Workplace Gift of Flextime!

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Corporate Gift Certificates = Easy Employee Thank You’s!

Employees love corporate gift certificates!

Start a gratitude board in your workplace’s common area to show employees that you notice their hard work!
Photo via Morgan, Flickr

Research continues to remind us that expressing on-going gratitude for employees is critical to workplace well-being! Occasional gift-giving is one way to make your workplace Thank You more meaningful. Corporate gift certificates are an easy to execute and widely appreciated reward for employees’ efforts—and they don’t need to break your budget!

In Harvard Business Review’s  Foster a Culture of Gratitude,” provost and professor of management Christine M. Riordan discusses relevant research. Studies prove that showing gratitude makes employees feel valued, which inspires:

  • Higher satisfaction with their jobs
  • Willingness to work longer hours
  • Engagement in productive relationships with coworkers and supervisors
  • Motivation to do their best
  • A desire to work toward achieving the company’s goals!

How can you express gratitude in a meaningful, affordable way? Read on to learn more about how to use corporate gift certificates as a tool for employee appreciation!

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The Secret to a Perfect Turkey Gift Program!

gThankYou! knows a thing or two about a solid turkey gift program!

Your employees will appreciate being able to stock their fridge — at their convenience — with the centerpiece to their holiday feast! (Photo via USDA, Flickr)

August is the ideal time to start planning your employe turkey gift program!

Thanksgiving is just three months away. The sooner you have your program logistics in place, the more time you’ll have this holiday season to focus on augmenting your turkey gift program with personalized gratitude, holiday parties and seasonal employee engagement activities.

Why give the gift of a turkey?

The gift of food is “the sincerest demonstration of gratitude you can find,” writes Today columnist Laura T. Coffey in a post about office gift-giving.

As the centerpiece to the holiday feast, turkey gifts evoke family togetherness and the joy of the season. They’re not just meaningful — they’re practical, too! That makes them the perfect gift for busy working families who value convenience and time together.

Wondering where to start? We’ve got you covered! The secret to an effective turkey gift program — planning to implementation — is surprisingly simple.

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Employee Food Gifts Will Delight Your Workplace

A timeless workplace gift: employee food gifts!

Photo via Calvert Cafe & Catering, Flickr

Employee food gifts can make your workers’ day. Naturally, you want to express appreciation and make employees feel valued—after all, they’re the reason your business is successful!

In “Want Happier Employees? Feed Them,” Inc. contributor and HR expert Suzanne Lucas writes,

“Sometimes making your employees happy can be as simple as arranging for bagels in the morning or sandwiches at lunch.”

Lucas’ statement is well-founded — she references Seamless survey data. In the report, 60% of respondents state that food at the office would make them feel more “valued and appreciated.” 40% of respondents also said that food in the office “could reduce stress.” Why? Because company-sponsored meals (or snacks!) encourage employees to take a break and eat together. This allows them to refresh their workday, connect with coworkers, and build community and shared responsibility.

The numbers are in and employees have spoken! Employee food gifts are an excellent expression of workplace gratitude and employee appreciation.

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Employee Holiday Gifts Made Simple — Plan Now!

It's never too late to play for employee holiday gifts!

Thanksgiving is a few short months away. Now’s the time to start planning for employee holiday gifts! (Photo via jamiesrabbits, Flickr)

The season for employee holiday gifts is closer than you think — and the time to start planning is now!

In honor of Simplify Your Life Week, take some time today to sketch out your needs, goals and timeline for sharing employee holiday gifts.

A few minutes now could save you a headache down the line.

Read on for gThankYou!‘s tips to streamline the gift-giving process. Planning your employee holiday gifts has never been simpler!

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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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