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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.

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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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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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On-the-Spot Recognition: The Best Kind of Workplace Gifts

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Workplace gifts are best shared on the spot for a job well done. (Image via flickr.com/asenat29)

Employee recognition is getting a makeover as companies adjust to the “new normal” of the post-Great Recession economy. The sluggish, slow-to-react and in some cases cost-ineffective recognition techniques of the past, such as annual bonuses and employee-of-the-month placards, no longer cut it.

The message experts are sending now is that workplace gifts shouldn’t stay hidden until a birthday, anniversary or holiday.

The new themes of employee recognition are immediacy and creativity, with an eye toward rewarding performance excellence.

On-the-spot recognition gives employees immediate feedback. At NASA, for instance, frontline supervisors award an “innovation coin” to an employee on the spot for particularly innovative work, according to a recent Human Resource Executive Online article, “The ‘New Normal’ and Employee Engagement.”

“Innovation coins” are part of a three-point strategy at NASA to engage its workforce and foster a culture of innovation. Leaders at NASA believe a key to innovation and employee happiness is transparency. When employees know why, how and when their work makes a difference, they’ll respond with dedication, consistency and self-motivated improvements.

In the spirit of transparency and sparking innovation, take a cue from the MIT Human Resources department and document your company’s commitment to on-the-spot recognition. MIT’s Rewards & Recognitions Program lays out clear guidelines for on-the-spot recognition:

  • Be timely and spontaneous (“immediate recognition”)
  • Personalize the message; be sincere
  • If sending email, cc to supervisors and/or colleagues when appropriate
  • Encourage everyone participate in on-the-spot recognition
  • Enhance the recognition by presenting it at a team meeting or informal gathering; for those observing, this also provides an example of how and when to give recognition
  • Put your recognition in writing — handwriting
  • Keep the recognition appropriate in size for the achievement

Even MIT’s Division of Student Life has a program for on-the-spot recognition. What’s great about this program is how easy it makes saying “thank you” to anyone on campus — from the person who served your morning coffee to the helpful associate in the Dean’s office. An online “On-The-Spot Award Nomination Form” is designed to take only a few minutes to fill out.

The takeaway from this innovative program is that performance-based recognition needn’t involve lavish gift-giving or pomp and circumstance. A simple Thank You card or small gift, such as a gThankYou! Certificate of Gratitude for Ice Cream, sends a strong and positive message to employees.

They’ll know, right away, that their hard work is valued.

For more on fostering a lasting culture of compassion, appreciation and happiness in your workplace, download our FREE Guide to Workplace Gratitude. Click the image below and start sharing your gratitude today!

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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 
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Favorite Summertime Employee Thank You Gifts

Employee Thank You Gifts - Thank You BubbleEmployees appreciate your gratitude year-round, and summertime presents opportunities galore for thoughtful employee thank you gifts.

Why Are Thank You Gifts Important?

Everyone instinctively wants to feel valued, and that includes in the workplace too.  Christine M. Riordan, provost and professor of management at the University of Kentucky, writes in Harvard Business Review that leaders of teams—and team members themselves—should work to foster a culture of value and appreciation.

She notes in her article, “Foster a Culture of Gratitude:”

“Research on gratitude and appreciation demonstrates that when employees feel valued, they have high job satisfaction, are willing to work longer hours, engage in productive relationships with co-workers and supervisors, are motivated to do their best and work towards achieving the company’s goals,” 

Riordan suggests helping employees develop professionally, involving them in decision-making and problem-solving, and supporting workplace camaraderie as effective strategies for creating a culture of gratitude.

A sincere thank you and a meaningful gift can help bolster that culture, and what’s more fun in summertime than a gift that fits the season?

Best Summertime Gifts

Employee Thank You Gifts - Company PicnicHere are some gift ideas that will help your employees enjoy summer and think of your business while they do. Consider hosting employee thank you events that foster fun, engagement and communicate your appreciation.  Hint: think outdoors if you have been indoors all winter!

  • Free passes to a community summer festival.
  • Tickets to a water park, miniature golf facility or amusement park, or better yet, a company outing to one for employees—and their families if it’s feasible.
  • Host a company picnic, with food and beverages provided and planned entertainment, such as softball, volleyball, music—along with small gifts such as tote bags, insulated cold-drink mugs, even something silly, like inexpensive super soakers to liven up the day.
  • Host an all-company outdoor movie screening and serve popcorn, movie snacks and drinks.
  • Give local farm CSA’s or offer cooking classes for light and healthy summertime meals.
  • Hand out company branded Frisbees and team bandanas then knock-off work early for a fun team-building Frisbee golf tournament.
  • Distribute company branded grilling aprons along with a gThankYou! Grilling Gift Certificate for a BBQ themed thank you.
  • Host an ice cream social and/or distribute gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude for Ice Cream or Pie to share with families.
  • Crowd-source among employees for what they would like best!

Anytime Gift-Giving Tips

Jean Scheid, contributing editor and senior writer at Bright Hub, offers tips for giving employee thank you gifts, summertime or anytime, in her article “Employee Gifts and Rewards for the Company Picnic!

Be Fair. Try and keep your gifts fair as far as cost, especially if everyone is pretty much equal in their job duties. Giving one person an expensive gift and another employee an inexpensive gift is a sure way to lose respect.

Gender Specific. Stay away from gender specific gifts such as football or baseball tickets for the guys and necklaces for the gals. The office is not the place for gender specific gifts.

Don’t Overspend. Consider your employee gifts as an expense and budget for that expense.

Do It Yourself. As a small business owner, don’t assign all the employee gift buying to one of your employees. Do it yourself or ask a friend, associate or relative to help you.

Include Your Note of Thanks.  A handwritten, sincere note of thanks is worth more than any gift.  Add it to a thoughtful gift and employees will be grateful for your attention and appreciation.

Lottery Tickets. Steer clear of lottery tickets as gifts. It will appear that you put no effort into your gift-giving.

Employees Do Talk. Even if you request everyone open their gifts later, they will talk and compare gifts. When gift-seeking, keep this tip especially in mind.

Foster your culture of fun and gratitude this summer, with gifts and opportunities to engage that make your employees feel special and know you care.

To learn more about the art of workplace gifts, click the image below to download our Free Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving today!

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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.