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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!
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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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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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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!

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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.
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Easy On-the Spot Employee Appreciation

Employee appreciation matters – and not just during the holidays! Gracious employers plan ahead for employee recognition before it’s actually needed. Why? On-the-spot acknowledgement not only bolsters positive workplace culture, but reinforces employees’ good work and affirms their value in the workplace.

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On-the-spot employee acknowledgement matters more than you think! (Image via flickr.com/asenat29)

As Justin Sun, compensation analyst at Lockheed Martin, writes at Hotel Business Review in  Employee Engagement: How to use recognition and non-monetary rewards to drive employee engagement,”

“The longer you wait to provide recognition, the more recognition loses its impact. For example, don’t wait until the summer picnic or the Christmas party at the end of the year to recognize an act of superior guest service that took place in the earlier part of the year. Celebrate the achievements of your employees on the spot and re-highlight their accomplishments later if appropriate.”

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Easy Employee Holiday Gifts by gThankYou!

Holiday gifts are a great way to show your employees how much you appreciate them and the work they do. 

But between wrapping up this year and planning for the next —at work and at home—who has time to shop for employee holiday gifts that everyone will like, use, and value? No one. That’s who.

Why your employee holiday gifts matter.  "The Currency of Reciprocity" by Kube, Marechal, and Puppe.

Gifts vs. Cash: How do they compare?

gThankYou! to the rescue! With just a couple of online keystrokes or a quick phone call, you can order our gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude for Turkey or Ham, complete with FREE customized holiday-themed ‘Thank You’ cards.

Your employees can shop at their favorite stores—when they want, where they want—and choose the ham or turkey that fits their holiday needs. Workers will know you care about them and understand their busy lives when you make it easy and convenient for them to have a great holiday dinner. They’re sure to think warmly of you as they enjoy their holidays.

Research shows that gifts motivate employees. In a Harvard Business Review blog, “Forget About That Cash Bonus,” Ray Fisman cites a classic study by Nobel Laureate George Akerlof, a pioneer in the field of behavioral economics, which focus on gift exchange in the workplace.

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The Holiday Gift Your Employees Really Want

What’s the best holiday gift you can give your employees? Respect.

Respect: The Best Employee Holiday Gift

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As Darcy Jacobsen, content analyst and Globoforce blogger, says in her post “The Secret to Respect in the Workplace”:

“Respect reaches much further than manners and compliance. It also plays a key role in recognition, engagement, and in creating a strong organizational culture. Think about it. Recognition, at its core, is really just a form of respect. People who have been recognized tend to rise to that recognition, and strive in the future to be worthy of it. People who are not recognized for hard work tend to feel forgotten, unappreciated and disrespected.”

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Why Your Employee Gifts Matter

Employee Gifts by gThankYou!Employee gifts—an important part of employee recognition—help keep your workers feeling valued and engaged in your business. And that helps you attract and keep your best employees – a competitive necessity in today’s business environment.

If you’ve ever given an employee, say, a gift Certificate of Gratitude for a holiday ham or turkey—along with a smile, a handshake, and a sincere thank you—their eyes probably lit up. All of us have an innate need to feel valued and appreciated. And that means your employees and colleagues too. There’s nothing like knowing that what you do matters. It makes you care more about your work, your co-workers and your company’s success.

Unfortunately, many employers don’t seem to understand that sharing gratitude in the workplace is as important as sharing it with family and friends. Phoenix Business Journal reporter Angela Gonzales cites a recent Harris Interactive poll that shows 18% of workers are dissatisfied with their jobs, up from 15% in 2013. Of those who are dissatisfied, 65% say they don’t feel valued.  And that means the successful health of those companies are at risk.

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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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Five Easy Steps to Workplace Happiness

New research shows workplace happiness—as well as personal happiness—can come from doing nice things for others.  Things such as giving gifts and they don’t need to be big or expensive.

Workplace happiness

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Research shows time and time again that a happy workforce is a more engaged, productive one, so it’s clearly in your best interests to keep your employees happy.

“The greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce.”

So says Shawn Achor, founder and CEO of Good Think, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, in a Leader to Leader post, “The Importance of Happiness in the Workplace.”

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