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Delight Employees this Spring with gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates

gThankYou! Ham Gift CertificateSpring has officially started, even though there’s still snow on the ground in a lot of areas. It’s time for spring break, planning Easter with relatives, and thinking about summer plans for the family.  Your employees and clients have weathered the long winter season with you, so it’s time to show them some well deserved appreciation. Why not delight everyone with a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate to be enjoyed with family and friends this spring holiday season.

gThankYou! Makes Showing Your Workplace Gratitude Easy

With gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates, you don’t have to worry about the logistics or coordination of ordering, storing, and distributing a truckload of hams to show you care.  Call us at 888-484-1658 or order online and have your Certificates of Gratitude as fast as tomorrow morning.  We offer free “Thank You” cards to go with your order which can be personalized with your message and company logo if desired.  Click here to see our Spring Thank You Card designs.  We send you a proof for your approval.  It’s that easy.

Spring "Thank You" CardAll varieties of gThankYou! Gift Certificates are good for any Brand of merchandise selected, at virtually any grocery store nationwide.  Recipients love the convenience to buy what they want, where and when they want.  You’ll love how easy it is to share your workplace gratitude.

In this economy, employees especially appreciate practical gifts that can be shared with family and friends as shown in research by consumer and corporate incentives company Parago.

Share our FREE Ham Cookbook!

Please enjoy and tell recipients about our FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook.  The perfect complement to a thoughtful gift of a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate. Download the cookbook now by clicking on the image below. 

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This cookbook can also be found and downloaded from the gThankYou! website under the “Information for Recipients” tab.

Want to get creative when distributing your spring ham gift certificates? Combine your gift with another to engage colleagues and have fun at work too, such as:

  • Offer a cooking class on great glazes for ham or easy sides to go with a ham dinner.
  • Send recipients home with an apron imprinted with the company logo.
  • Throw a quick afternoon party to publicly recognize great work and share your gratitude with the workplace.
  • Allow employees to delight top customers or clients with the unexpected gift of a Ham Gift Certificate.

So this spring, build loyalty, engagement and delight with the unexpected gift of a Ham for the spring holidays.  gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates make it easy for you to share your workplace gratitude, and are loved by recipients.

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.

Easy Employee Recognition with gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates

Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate by gThankYou!Any day is a good day to share your thanks and appreciation with hard-working employees and colleagues.  The spring holidays, Passover (14th to 22nd) and Easter (20th) are an especially good time to celebrate employees with a thoughtful gift of a Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate by gThankYou!  A meaningful yet affordable gift that can be shared with families to enjoy for the holidays.

The coming month, April, is full of celebrations so if honoring the spring holidays isn’t the right thing for your company, take advantage of any of the other fun occasions to engage employees and celebrate in your workplace.  Spring is a great time to make a break from the grey overhang of winter and celebrate the potential of the year ahead.

Why not consider celebrating National Walk to Work Day (4th), Volunteer Recognition Day (20th), Earth Day (22nd), Administrative Professionals Day (23rd) or Take Your Daughter to Work Day (24th), to name just a few? Peruse the less established, unique or for-fun holidays and you’ll find even more opportunities to create fun in the workplace, such as International Moment of Laughter Day (14th), Reach As High As You Can Day (15th) and National High-Five Day (17th).

Holidays are vital to honoring tradition and sharing what’s meaningful to us, of course, but when it comes to the workplace the most important celebration is the everyday culture of gratitude you create for employees all year-long.

A company loses out when it makes a big show of celebrating employees only during the obligatory times, like Thanksgiving. Research into workplace retention repeatedly shows that when employees don’t feel appreciated, they’re more likely to look elsewhere for employment.

Remember the children’s story about the tortoise and the hare? The hare brags about being the fastest runner around, but in the end, the tortoise ends up beating him in a race by staying focused and consistent. Workplace gratitude is similar — a big splashy holiday party is fun, but soon forgotten if your overall employee recognition program isn’t a consistent and everyday aspect of your company’s culture.

Gratitude is so engrained in our society in other ways — what are the “magic words” we teach toddlers as soon as they can talk? — but it’s often neglected in the workplace. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, writes in an article for the Harvard Business Review “Why Appreciation Matters So Much”:

…we’re not fluent in the language of positive emotions in the workplace. We’re so unaccustomed to sharing them that we don’t feel comfortable doing so. Heartfelt appreciation is a muscle we’ve not spent much time building, or felt encouraged to build.

Fortunately, resources abound for managers looking to improve their fluency in the language of positive emotions like gratitude. Sharpen your skills by practicing random acts of kindness in your workplace (never underestimate the power of goodwill!) or trying one of our 6 Simple Steps to Building Employee Happiness.

Free "Thank You" Card from gThankYou!Holidays come and go, but a culture of gratitude is forever.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude provide leaders with affordable, meaningful and convenient ways to share your workplace gratitude any day. This spring, delight employees with an unexpected treat of a Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate or one of our other popular gift certificate varieties. Be sure to choose one of our free new spring “thank you” card designs to personalize your appreciation.

To learn more about building a culture of appreciation and gratitude, download our free guide to Workplace Gratitude and start sharing your thanks today!





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.

Announcing New Spring Employee Thank You Card Designs

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New Spring Design “Happy Gift”

gThankYou! is excited to announce our new Spring Employee “Thank You” Card Designs for celebrating in the workplace. All our “Thank You” cards come free with any purchase of gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and can be customized with your personal message and company logo if desired.

gThankYou! Gift Certificates come in a variety of meaningful and affordable varieties to make it easy to share your workplace appreciation to hard working colleagues and employees.

This spring, why not share your appreciation for employees with a thoughtful Ham or Turkey Gift Certificate for the holidays, or delight colleagues with an unexpected treat of an Ice Cream or Pie Gift Certificate?

gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude are a favorite employee gift and can be redeemed for any Brand, at virtually any Grocery store nationwide. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

New Spring Thank You Card Designs

Employee Thank You Cards - Easter Bunnies

“Easter Bunnies”

Employee Thank You Cards - Birds Nest

“Birds Nest”

Employee Thank You Cards -  Spring Bouquet

“Spring Bouquet”

Our Employee Thank You Cards aren’t just for spring! We have cards designed for Autumn and Thanksgiving,  Winter and Winter Holidays, and for non-seasonal designs, check out Thank You! Designs and More.  Here are a few new designs for your workplace gift of gratitude any time of year!

New Non-Holiday Thank You Card Designs

Employee Thank You Card - Right Direction

“Right Direction”

WorkingTogether-BASIC-2014

“Working Together”

Employee Thank You Card - Teamwork

“Teamwork”

gThankYou! Gift Certificates are the ideal workplace gift and appreciated by all.  Share your gratitude today with gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude!

Learn more great ways to show your employees that they matter: download our Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving by clicking the image below.


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.

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There’s Still Time to Delight Employees this Holiday Season

Order today with gThankYou! and have your Gift Certificates as soon as tomorrow.

gThankYou! Turkey Or Ham Gift CertificateDelight colleagues with the gift of a Turkey or Ham, or a Holiday Pie and Ice Cream this holiday season.

Meaningful, practical gifts for sharing workplace gratitude for a great year that everyone will love, and won’t break your budget.

gThankYou! Pie CertificateCall 888-484-1658 or Order Online now!

Happy Holidays,
The gThankYou! Team

 

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.

Workplace Gift Giving Do’s and Don’ts

Workplace Gift Giving - Wall of Gifts

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The holidays are a busy time at work and at home, and it’s not always easy to know how to handle holiday spirit at work. Workers and managers alike may want to thank employees and coworkers for their effort and assistance. Employees may wonder about gifting the boss. Brandon Miller, writing for Monster.com, advises to use caution when unsure about gift giving at work. He suggests paying attention to religious and cultural differences and traditions, as well as personal details such as tasteful heartfelt handmade gifts or creative cards or gift wrap. His workplace gift giving “Don’ts” include “loathsome” fruitcake, fragrances, or expensive gifts. Homemade treats, keychains, and picture frames top his “Do’s” list.

However you feel about workplace gift-giving, follow some do’s and don’ts to make sure you get it right this holiday season to make coworkers and supervisors feel merry and bright.

Workplace Gift Giving Do’s and Don’ts

What the Experts Say

Heed some expert business etiquette advice from the Lone Star State Protocol School of Texas. National etiquette and modern manners expert Dianne Gottsman says many employers traditionally gift their employees at the holidays, and many times, employees like to reciprocate. She suggests being conservative rather than elaborate with boss’s gifts, being careful not to give anything intimate or too personal. Chipping in with coworkers to get the boss a group gift is a good option. She advises the same for co-workers’ gifts, listing things like gift cards to local coffee shops, scarves or umbrellas, or candy.

Etiquette expert Julie Blais Comeau advises keeping workplace gifts similar for everyone you give to so that there’s no perceived discrimination or favoritism. She says giving the boss a gift may be seen as trying to curry favor and may not be received well, and suggests a group gift or a simple holiday card.

Check Workplace Rules

Many workplaces have rules about office gift giving to avoid confusion or misunderstanding, and to comply with laws and regulations. When considering giving gifts at work, especially business gifts to vendors, customers, and service providers, be sure to check with company policy and rules for business gifts before giving anything. Sue Fox, writing for Business Etiquette for Dummies, advises being careful not to give anything too personal or humorous. Her other suggestions include staying conservative with gift giving because lavish gifts in business are in poor taste, and considering the gift of volunteering or charitable contributions as workplace gifts.

Holidays and the Workplace

When it comes to holidays and the workplace, it’s best to find out about company policies and traditions, and keep diverse cultures and religions in mind before giving gifts. Remember to be conservative, thoughtful, and appropriate, and consider focusing on gratitude rather than religion. It may help to think about how you feel when a coworker or boss gives you a gift, and how you want others to feel when getting a gift from you.

To learn more about gift-giving do’s and don’ts, download our FREE eBook, “The Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving” by clicking the image below.

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Gift Giving - Workplace Gratitude During the Holidays

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.

5 Ideas for Sharing Employee Gifts

Sharing Employee GiftsHalf the fun of gift-giving is in the giving, and employee gifts are no different. It’s always satisfying to watch that look of surprise as a recipient takes a gift and peels back the wrapping paper, eyes bright with anticipation and excitement.

Handing out employee gifts anonymously and en masse won’t elicit much excitement. The last thing you want is for employee gifts to feel routine and impersonal, like another business report or company memo.

Here are some ideas for making your recipient feel valued and appreciated.

1. Browse Pinterest for crafty gift-wrap ideas. Not really the artistic type? No problem. The online pinboard Pinterest makes it easy to jump-start your creativity. One cool gift-wrap idea we came across on Pinterest is to hide a coiled gift certificate in the center of a Mason jar filled with jelly beans. Tie a pretty ribbon around the jar, and voila! You’ve got an inexpensive, cute and creative gift presentation. It also evokes childhood nostalgia — who doesn’t secretly still love the thrill of digging through a Cracker Jack or cereal box for that surprise gift?

2. Include a handwritten note of gratitude. You don’t have to write a novel, or even a paragraph. Just a sentence or two of sincere praise can take a gift from routine to memorable. The more personalized the note, the better. Mention how grateful you are for the employee’s work on a specific project, or for their dedication to achieving a particular goal.

3. Give publicly. Business Management Daily suggests public recognition may be just as important as the gift card itself: “Formally present cards in front of peers at staff meetings or other employee events.” Public recognition instills workplace pride and celebrates together the organizational and individual milestones of the past year.

4. Or give one-on-one. Sharing employee gifts publicly may work well in some organizations, but the opposite can also work well, depending on the size and culture of your workforce. Baudville.com suggests giving employees one-one-one “face time” this holiday season: “Sit down with them or briefly visit at their desk when you deliver the gift. This is a great opportunity to informally give recognition for outstanding accomplishments and efforts from the year.” Whichever method you choose, public or one-on-one, the key is to accompany the gift with a few words of personalized gratitude. A thoughtful compliment never goes unappreciated.

5. Turn gift-giving into a holiday game. Take a cue from Goldman Sachs, which earlier this year spent $360,000 to produce an elaborate scavenger hunt that sent employees and competitors “traipsing all over Manhattan for more than 16 hours” and raised $2.9 million for charity, the New York Times reported. It’s an over-the-top example, obviously, but the purpose behind it remains the same no matter the scale. Games like scavenger hunts build teamwork between employees, and even the simplest bit of intrigue will make gift-giving special and bring your employees together during a time of year that can otherwise be busy and stressful.

Tell us in the comments: how do you share employee gifts in a way that’s meaningful, creative or fun?

Download your free “Workplace Gratitude” eBook now! Click the image below to download.

Sharing Employee Gifts - Workplace Gratitude Guide

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.

Workplace Gift Giving Etiquette

Workplace Gift Giving EtiquetteThe holidays are fast approaching, and everyone’s thoughts are turning to festivities and gift giving. Parents start making lists of what to get for children, busy human resources departments and holiday planning committees are looking at budgets and coordinating office parties. Employees may be wondering if they should get a little something for the boss, and plan to give holiday cards and small gifts to co-workers to acknowledge the season and thank them for support and camaraderie at work.  It’s a good time to think about workplace gift giving etiquette.

Hilka Klinkenberg, Office Depot’s holiday etiquette expert, recommends being culturally sensitive when giving gifts at work, and keeping workplace gifts related to the business and working relationship when possible. She also recommends refraining from gag gifts that could be inappropriate or misunderstood, and staying within an appropriate budget. Don’t gift lavish gifts to casual co-workers or bosses or spend money you don’t have on workplace gifts.

Appropriate Workplace Gifts

While it’s thoughtful to give a gift at work that is related to personal interests or hobbies of a co-worker or boss, it’s best to give gifts that are work-related. A boss that writes personal thank you notes to employees and clients may like a nice pen set. A co-worker who struggles with a stiff back after long days at the office will appreciate a lumbar support cushion.

In “The Unspoken Etiquette of Workplace Gift-Giving,” Mary Ellen Slayter reminds her readers to check their employee handbook before gift giving to make sure they don’t violate any company rules or regulations. This is especially important for employees working in government agencies. Slayter also recommends non-religious workplace holiday greetings and gifts to avoid assuming anything or creating any awkward situations.

What to Give the Boss

Many employees may about getting a gift for the boss, but should be very cautious about it, advises career advice specialist Penelope Trunk. She advises a handwritten note for the boss at holiday gift-giving time instead of a bottle of wine, a desk knick-knack, or a tie clip. Everyone likes to be appreciated and acknowledged, even the boss, and a handwritten note that cites how your boss inspired you, helped your career goals, or coached you, is an opportunity to improve your working relationship.

When deciding whether or not to buy a gift for your boss, refer to Emily Post’s FAQs about the Workplace and the Holidays. She advises relying on knowledge and tact during the holidays at work, and says no to giving the boss a gift unless it’s a group gift.

Would you like to learn more? Download our free Employee Gift Giving Guide today by clicking the image below.

Gift-Giving Etiquette - Guide to Employee GIft-Giving

Gift-Giving Etiquette - Engaging Employees

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.

Workplace Gratitude: The Ultimate Holiday Gift

Workplace Gratitude During the HolidaysThe holidays are busy and stressful for most people, especially those juggling work and family or work and school. The rush of year-end business operations and preparation for a new fiscal year, combined with kids’ days off from school, and holiday shopping can quickly get overwhelming. People run out of time, forget things, and spend a lot of time rushing around to take care of everything.

Gratitude is not always associated with the workplace unless there’s been a deliberate and sustained effort to create a culture of gratitude. Most of us reserve our feelings of gratitude at the holidays for family and friends. But gratitude in daily life should include workplace gratitude.  Your colleagues all want to feel valued and appreciated just like family and friends.  And let’s face it, most of us spend more time at work than at home.

Gratitude Affects Us Physically and Emotionally

A culture of gratitude has a measurable impact on a company’s bottom line and physical and mental well-being of those involved. It impacts performance, productivity, creativity, relationships, cooperation, and stress. Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, along with colleagues, studies gratitude in different ways and found gratitude benefits people physically, psychologically, and socially.

People who keep gratitude journals have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and are less bothered by aches and pains. They experience more optimism and happiness and more positive emotions. They feel less lonely and are more outgoing, helpful, and compassionate.

Researchers at the Institute for Heart Math found that gratitude and appreciation help synchronize brain and heart rhythms, creating greater physiological balance, mental clarity, and improved brain function.

Gratitude Affects Productivity

Harvard Medical School reports in “In Praise of Gratitude” that researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania found that gratitude can affect productivity positively by 50 percent. The researchers noted that fundraising employees who received a pep-talk from the director along with expressions of gratitude for their efforts before the fundraising campaign made 50 percent more calls than employees who didn’t receive any message of thanks.

Gratitude Can Change Your Mind

Practicing workplace gratitude during the holidays helps you refocus from the negative to the positive by reflecting on what you have, rather than what you don’t have. Feelings of satisfaction and contentment grow as you regularly practice gratitude in any of the following ways:

  • Writing thank-you notes – Build strong relationships and make yourself and someone else feel better with thank you notes or calls.
  • Keeping a gratitude journal – Instead of just recounting the events of your day in a diary, reflect each day on what you have to be thankful for, how it affected you, and how you can cultivate gratitude.
  • Sharing appreciation for colleagues – Let others know how thankful you are for their support, hard-work, expertise or whatever it is they do to make your life easier or more successful.  You’ll both benefit from the sharing of gratitude.
  • Count your blessings – Take a few minutes each day, in the morning or in the evening, to recall how you are blessed.

Cultivating gratitude and appreciation in the workplace produces benefits for the people experiencing it and the organization overall. Research shows positive outcomes of workplace gratitude include improved motivation, engagement, work relationships, communication, and trust. Unfortunately, a lot of workplace relationships are fear-based and cause negative feelings such as anger, jealousy, resentment, and mistrust. Implementing simple gratitude practices such as sincere thank you’s and training managers and supervisors to appreciate and recognize employee efforts has the opposite effect.

The power of gratitude is especially important when time is short and stress is high. Think about what workplace gratitude during the holidays can do for your working relationships as well as your physical and mental health.  Sharing your gratitude in the workplace may just be the best gift you can give.

Workplace Gratitude During the Holidays

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.

Best Holiday Employee Gifts of 2013

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The holidays and year-end business traditions at many companies include holiday parties, bonuses, and employee gifts. But does your company take full advantage of these holiday employee gift giving practices?

For example, does your boss put a bonus with payroll so it is part of your paycheck, but not really acknowledge why you’re getting it? Or does the human resources staff deliver gifts to employees versus mangers or the company owner? If this is the way it’s done at your company, you may be missing the opportunity to connect with employees and share sincere appreciation and personalized acknowledgement.  Holiday gift-giving is a wonderful opportunity for employers to build engagement and let employees know their hard work and contributions are valued.

What Do Employees Want?

In the 2013 Land’s End Business Gift Survey, more than 75 percent of employees surveyed revealed that they’d rather receive gifts from their employers than have a holiday party for work, which is often seen as a work commitment rather than a gift. Land’s End Survey found that the top four types of gifts employees want, in order of importance, is cash bonuses, gift cards, apparel, and an extra day off. The survey found some other interesting tidbits about holiday gifts at work: many companies don’t have a gifting policy, and most employees give their bosses a holiday gift.

Employee Gift Etiquette

Emily Post discusses corporate gift giving for the holidays. She recommends that any gifts with corporate logos be understated, and gifts should be quality products and merchandise. She urges employees to follow company and regulatory gift giving rules about giving and receiving gifts. Her advice about gifting bosses is to do it as a group to avoid any impression of currying favor or inappropriate relationships. Her suggestion for bosses gifting employees is to be careful not to make the gift too intimate such as lingerie, perfume, or jewelry, and suggests that books, gift certificates, and theater tickets are appropriate employee gifts.

Incentive Magazine’s Top Employee Gifts for 2013

Tom Taraci, writing for Incentive Magazine in “Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Employees in 2013,” discusses 10 products that make great employee gifts. Things like custom dress shirts and custom-crafted shoes for executive employees, upscale headphones and speakers, Crosstech multi-task pen, and crystal glassware make this list.  But many companies do not have the budget for such luxury gifts.  Remember it’s the thought and sincere gesture of gratitude that counts, not how much you spend.  Industry research highlights the popular appeal of practical employee gifts such as gift certificates and gift cards in the current environment.

The right employee gifts are not intimate but not impersonal, and have the power to make your employees feel good about their work and their employer. They don’t have to be extravagant to have the right impact. And the best employee gifts are those that are delivered personally with a thoughtful and sincere note of thanks or with a handshake and a big “thank you”.

For more tips on great employee gifts and gift-giving best practices, download our free “Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving” now! Click the image below to download.

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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.
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What Makes a Great Workplace Gift?

Workplace GiftGiven a choice between a workplace gift or a cash bonus, research shows employees value gifts more.

It seems paradoxical — who doesn’t love free money? — but the impersonal, unwrapped nature of bonuses actually drives employee motivation and satisfaction less than a thoughtful, personalized gift. Several studies have come to this surprising conclusion, writes Ray Fisman in a Harvard Business Review blog post titled “Forget About That Cash Bonus.”

In one German experiment, researchers hired students to file library books for a morning. One group was given a cash bonus representing a 20% pay hike, while members of another group each received a gift-wrapped water bottle, equal in value to the bonus.

What the researchers discovered should perk the ears of any manager. The cash bonus had no effect on the students’ speed or accuracy filing books. Meanwhile, those who received the gift-wrapped bottle “upped their data entry rate by 25%, a productivity increase that more than offset the cost of the bottle itself,” Fisman writes.

In essence, it truly is the thought that counts.

Fisman concludes, “Even the smallest gesture of kindness that shows they’re part of an organization that actually cares can give them purpose — and that leads to motivation.”

So what sorts of gifts really convey your genuine gratitude to employees? Follow the Three P’s of giving workplace gifts!

Practical. The memory of the 2008 Great Recession has not yet faded, and businesses and employees alike are still in a frugal, practical state of mind. A study earlier this summer found the majority of consumers are using gift cards for necessities, not treats. Gifts with no real practical use won’t have the same impact as a gift certificate or a houseware that meets an everyday need. Think about what your employees and their families can really use. Just be sure your gift isn’t so routine and everyday that it doesn’t feel special (socks, anyone?).

Pretty. Presentation matters, so dress it up. In another study on gift-giving, quoted in Fisman’s Harvard Business Review post, researchers found that a 5 Euro note folded into an origami shirt was well-received by participants. The monetary value was the same as handing over a bill, of course, but turning the money into a work of art impressed study participants and ultimately boosted their productivity.

Personalized. (But don’t get personal.) It would be inappropriate to give employees cologne, pajamas or religious artwork, but it is appropriate to personalize your gift, either through monogramming, a handwritten note, a photo or other signifier that shows you’re giving with the specific employee in mind. The gift certificates gThankYou! offers, for example, are all customizable and come with free “thank you” cards that have space for a personalized note of gratitude.

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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.