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4 Reasons Turkey Gift Certificates Are the Ultimate Employee Gift

gThankYou! Roast Turkey

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Turkey Gift Certificates are one of the very best gifts for employees in your organization. 

Here’s why:

1.  Meaningful.  Turkey is the ultimate American food.  As part of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, turkey became the centerpiece of American history and American gratitude.  Everyone knows that turkey is a symbol of thanks, abundance and overcoming adversity.

Turkey is a family meal.  Just think of how many wonderful images you’ve seen of a proud chef bringing a turkey to a grateful table.

As an emotional symbol, no food is more prominent in the United States.  As the giver of the turkey, your workplace will be front-and-center in the minds of every employee’s family.

2.  Practical.  Everyone loves turkey; the turkey your company gives will be enjoyed by employees’ entire family.  Turkey is affordable; a $15 – $20 turkey feeds a whole party, and there are loads of leftovers for sandwiches, soups and casseroles.

Incentive Magazine recently shared new research showing that in today’s economy, employees especially appreciate practical gifts and prefer a gift certificate or gift card to cash.   What’s better than the gift of a Turkey?  It’s a gift that’s meaningful, affordable and appreciated by everyone.

3.  Super Convenient for the Giver.  At gThankYou! ordering turkey gift certificates is simple; just place your order online or by telephone at 888-484-1658; certificates can arrive as early as the next day, if you want.  (Not only that, we customize your certificates with both giver and recipient names if you wish, and provide FREE customizable enclosure cards too!)

Distributing turkey gift certificates is as easy as distributing any piece of paper.  Tuck them in payroll envelopes (or have your payroll service do it); hand them directly to recipients (or have the senior leadership team do it); or mail them to employees’ homes.

The convenience of turkey gift certificates makes them ideal for employees in more than one location.  If you have a distributed work force, gThankYou! can help make it easy for you to deliver your certificates to every location.

The simplicity of turkey gift certificates means nobody has to order truck-loads of frozen turkeys and hand them to employees in the parking lot on a bone-chilling November day. You may have Management that likes the tradition of handing out frozen turkeys; they can still hand out the turkey gift certificates and have a meaningful conversation with recipients at the same time.  When you choose to distribute gift certificates,  employees can choose the size and type of bird that works for their family and freezer space, and Management can decide when and how they would like to distribute their thoughtful gift.

4.  Flexible and Convenient for Recipients.  Selecting a turkey is easy for someone with a gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate.  They go to their grocery store, select the turkey they want and redeem their certificate at the check-out lane.

This means gift certificate recipients choose what they want –  the right size turkey, the right kind (organic or conventional, smoked, fresh or frozen), any brand they want – at the time they want (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, anytime).

A gift of a Turkey Gift Certificate to employees is a thoughtful, meaningful gift of your gratitude for their contributions to your business.  Holiday time or any time.

Enjoy our FREE eBook on Employee Gift-Giving for more tips and research behind celebrating employees.

gThankYou! Ultimate Guide to Employee Gift-Giving

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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10 Tips for Writing Employee Thank You Notes

The humble handwritten thank you note can boost your company’s bottom line, believe it or not.

gThankYou! Thank You Note

A recent Forbes article by Josh Bersin, founder and principal at Bersin by Deloitte, illustrates the point. His article, “New Research Unlocks the Secret of Employee Recognition,” cites his company’s comprehensive research project on employee recognition showing that organizations giving regular thanks to their employees far outperform those that don’t.

Companies scoring in the top 20% for building a “recognition-rich culture” actually had 31% lower voluntary turnover rates.

That makes sense to Geil Browning, founder of Emergenetics International. In an Inc. Magazine article,  “How to Thank Your Employees in Only 8 Words,” she writes:

“When you recognize the contributions of others, you reinforce the kind of behavior you want to see again. People who feel their efforts are noticed, and their work makes a difference, are more likely to go the extra mile in the future. Leadership is about empowering others to realize their own abilities. Communicate your belief in your people, and watch them rise to meet your expectations.”

Put another way, recognizing employee’s contributions shows you’re paying attention and that you care. It makes people feel valued. When you write a thoughtful note of gratitude, it’s also a permanent keepsake reminder.

Browning quotes business guru Tom Peters:
“People don’t forget kindness.”

Her research at Emergenetics suggests most employees appreciate personal thank you notes, if they’re personalized and meaningful. To be meaningful, notes should be specific and prompt. And to reward behaviors you want people to repeat, be sure to recognize efforts involving those behaviors.

Browning offers 10 tips for customizing thank you notes to celebrate employee strengths, according to brain-related research:

  1. The “gift of gab” is a work asset for gregarious people. You might write: “I celebrate how you share your enthusiasm,” or “Thanks for keeping the lines of communication open.”
  2. For quieter people you could say: “I prize your well-considered solutions,” or “I appreciate your respectful attitude toward everyone.”
  3. For assertive people, try: “Thank you for keeping the momentum going,” or “I appreciate your decisive action.”
  4.  More easygoing people who want everyone to get along might appreciate: “Thank you for helping to keep the peace,” or, “I appreciate your amiability more than you know.”
  5.  To flexible, change-seeking workers who don’t get flustered easily you might write: “I recognize your easy resilience” or “Thanks for how you handled [difficult client].”
  6. To focused staffers with strong opinions, try: “I depend on your support,” or “I honor you for your convictions.”
  7. Analytical thinkers might value: “I appreciate your penetrating questions,” or “I respect the depth of your knowledge.”
  8. For structural-minded, detail-oriented people, consider: “Thank you for transferring all that data perfectly,” or “You always meet your deadlines—impressive!”
  9. Social thinkers want to please you, so you could write: “I’m so grateful for your team building skills,” or, “I couldn’t have done it without you.”
  10. Conceptual workers who want to feel unique might value: “Your solution to the XYZ problem was stunning,” or “I treasure your creative long-term views.”

Bersin’s research also showed the effectiveness of rewarding employees for:
1.  specific results and behaviors and,
2.  making thank yous public.
Consider displaying a list of employees you’ve recognized in your company newsletter, on bulletin boards, or via social media.

The best practices his research project uncovered also recommended including peer-to-peer recognition and making it easy for employees to recognize each other frequently.  For more on new “social” peer-to-peer recognition, you might enjoy Incentive Magazine’s article, “The Pressing Case for Peer-to-Peer Recognition” by Andrea Doyle.

How often and on what occasions do you write employee thank you notes? Do you ever have peers write thank you notes to peers?

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.

3 Keys To Successful Workplace Compliments

Show employees your gratitude by celebrating World Compliment Day on March 1!

gThankYou! - World Compliment Day LogoThe holiday’s Netherlands originator, recognition professional Hans Poortvliet says 50 nations celebrated World Compliment Day last year.  It’s not intended as a commercial holiday; it’s simply an opportunity to recognize and appreciate others.  And that’s something everyone needs.

“A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge,” Poortvliet says. “Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier, and as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?

As philosopher and psychologist William James once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

Your employees are the reason your company runs smoothly—they do their best for you every day. Take this opportunity to show your gratitude and appreciation by giving each of them a sincere compliment.  Here’s how…

Reason + Feeling + Result = Great Compliment

The three parts to a compliment that will reach employees’ hearts, not just their heads, and make them feel you really understand and care, according to HaLife.

  1. The Reason – Pinpoint the reason you’re giving the compliment by describing the project and providing examples of the outstanding efforts that impressed you.  Employees need to understand why the compliment is warranted.
  2. The Feeling – Define how you felt about the work that exceeded expectations—grateful, thrilled, elated, ecstatic, pleased, thankful—so you can connect on a more personal level.
  3. The Result – Factually identify how employees’ above-and-beyond exertions helped the company. Do you have statistics that show how the employee saved time or money? It’s your chance to help employees understand how their actions directly help the business.

Together, these three elements form a sincere and meaningful compliment that shows your approval and admiration. Your employees will likely be motivated to continue to earn more heartfelt compliments through hard work.

Craft Great Compliments that Support your Workplace Values

Roy Saunderson with Incentive Magazine  article “Top 10 Ways to Give Compliments on the Job” offers an expansive look at what one should compliment in the workplace.  It’s not just about recognizing results according to Saunderson; make the effort to compliment workers exhibiting valuable workplace attributes such as loyalty, initiative, sensitivity, team-work too.

Delivery Counts!

Demand Media provides tips for successful delivery of compliments in Amie Martin’s Chron.com article,  “How to Compliment Good Employees”.   Marten reminds managers to say “thank you”, two of the most important and valuable words to communicate to employees, often.

If penning a note is more your style, WriteExpress provides compliment letter templates you can use to craft your great compliments.

For more ideas, or to go public with your compliments, sign up to follow World Compliment Day on Twitter  or Facebook.

What’s the best workplace compliment you have received?  What’s the best one you have given to someone else?

Have a happy World Compliment Day!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are one of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand whole Turkey or half or whole 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 free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo, and 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”.
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.