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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.

1. Ice Cream Is An Equal-Opportunity Palate Pleaser

There aren’t many foods we can share communally these days without running up against dietary preferences or restrictions. Ice cream comes in so many fantastic variations that it really is possible to include everyone, even those with dairy/egg allergies. Consider the options:

  • Frozen yogurt
  • Frozen custard
  • Sorbet (bonus: good for those with allergies and easy to make at home!)
  • Gelato (a milkier, Italian variation on ice cream)
  • Frozen scoopable treats made with alternative milks like coconut, almond, soy, and even goat.
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Everyone’s inner-kid loves ice cream. (Photo via Jereme Rauckman, Flickr)

If you’re organizing an ice cream social, ask for input on everyone’s favorite ice cream variation. However people prefer their ‘scream, it’s hugely popular in the U.S. The average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream every year, more than any other country, according to IceCream.com’s Fun Facts. Leading the way nationally in ice cream consumption are the citizens of Portland, Ore., so the rest of us have some catching up to do!

2. Encourage Camaraderie and Creativity with a Flavor “Bake-Off”

Summer can be a pretty blah season at work, with large numbers out on vacation, watching the clock for the weekend or distracted by the World Cup. Spark some excitement by organizing a team contest for the best unique ice cream flavor. Get creative juices going with this list of incredible (and possibly disgusting) ice cream flavors curated by a foodie blogger at Joonbug. The flavor list includes lobster, pizza, balsamic strawberry, Red Hot banana and chocolate-covered bacon. Find even more recipe inspiration here, like Lemon Basil Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Talking about food is an excellent ice-breaker or get-to-know-you activity for employees. Throwing in a competitive element will get people strategizing and working together — and laughing together.

(For more on keeping employees engaged in vacation season, check out our recent post “4 Strategies for Maintaining Employee Motivation During the Summer.”)

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Share your gratitude with ice cream. (Image via Jon Ashcroft, Flickr)

3. Ice Cream Says ‘Thank You’

Taking someone out for ice cream is the classic way to reward him or her for a job well done. It isn’t a one-way token of gratitude that you simply give. It’s a shared experience.

If you handle an employee rewards program for a large company where taking each and every employee out together for ice cream is logistically impossible, you can still share the experience with a gThankYou Ice Cream Gift Certificate of Gratitude. Our gift certificates for ice cream — in any amount you like, even $5 — are a perfect way to share gratitude and share in our communal love of ice cream. They can be tucked in an envelope, shared with a handshake or used to accompany and augment a small wrapped gift.

Ice cream gift certificates are also good to keep on hand for those times when you want to share a performance-based reward individually or with a specific team, in keeping with the latest best practices. Spontaneous, performance-based rewards are a growing trend in employee recognition.

For more on building a culture of happiness and appreciation, download our FREE ebook, “Winning with 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 
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.

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!

Download Free eBook, "Workplace Gratitude" by gThankYou!

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.

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.

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

Via ProjectManhattan, WikiMedia Commons

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.