What to Write In A Boss’s Day Card

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Boss’s Day is coming! This year, it’s celebrated on Monday, October 16, and if you don’t want to be the odd employee out, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to show your appreciation for all that your supervisor does for you and the company. While gift giving is common in some companies, we suggest giving a heartfelt…

5 Ways to Improve Communication with Your Employees

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Employment is a team sport. If you want your staff to produce more wins, you need to improve your communication with employees by taking on a coaching role and empowering those around you! Reach out and be proactive by showing trust and setting goals while actively listening and communicating more effectively. 1. Express Trust Sometimes it feels like it’s easier…

Certificates for Summer Camp Achievements

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With tons of sun, fun, and friends, summer camp always gives kids something to remember. You can help make those memories even more meaningful, vivid, and long-lasting if you dole out summer camp certificates to attendees. Not sure what type of summer camp certificate options to create? Read on for some fun ideas. Best Lanyard Maker Even if your arts…

Tips for Motivating Staff During the Summer

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It is profoundly unfair that kids in the United States are given three full months of their life to lounge away in bliss, only to have Summer vacation snatched away the moment you start doing work that actually merits a three-month break. Ah well, such is life. As much as we all might enjoy a break from work when the…

End of School Thank You Gifts for Teachers

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Kids and teachers alike are counting down the days until summer break. But, before students say goodbye to their school year mentors, be sure they show their appreciation for their teacher’s help and guidance throughout the previous year with a little gift. As you start to shop or create, you’ll want to be sure your child is integral in this…

Volunteer Appreciation Ideas: For Nonprofits and More

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Famous Greek philosopher Aristotle once wrote, “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” The inherent assumption of that quote is that volunteering is in its own right, rewarding. And for the most part that’s true, but it’s never a bad idea to express a little appreciation for the people who work so hard to help…

How Startups Can Recognize Employees on The Cheap

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How Startups Can Recognize Employees

Getting your startup to succeed takes a whole lot of capital. In the early stages, even the most soon-to-be successful startup can tie up pretty much all of the business’ available cash. Though your employees will likely understand that, it’s still important to make sure that you’re rewarding their hard work and loyalty. Sure, you might not have any extra…

Ways to Incorporate Monthly High Fives

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High Fives

When you’re in charge of overseeing a group of people, whether it’s a handful or an entire company, it’s important to let them know that you notice and appreciate their continuous hard work. Not only do your employees generally crave that positive reinforcement, it helps elevate the mood of your entire team when someone is recognized. Sure, it’d be nice…

Be Authentic & Genuine While Giving Recognition

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Recognition isn’t the same as appreciation. While your organization might have instituted employee recognition programs, these efforts can seem inauthentic or disingenuous if not executed properly. There are a myriad of reasons for why your employee recognition initiatives convey to staff members that you’re just going through the motions, instead of genuinely demonstrating your appreciation. Recognizing employees with certificates, awards,…

How to Welcome Teachers to the 2016 School Year

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Have you noticed? As soon as the 4th of July is over, stores replace all of their red, white, and blue merchandise with back to school products. While it seems like the dog days of summer now, the 2016-2017 academic school year is just around the corner. Before you know it, students and teachers will be heading back into their…

5 Boss’s Day Certificates (+ Wording!)

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So, Boss’s Day is right around the corner and you’re looking for just the right thing to celebrate the person who signs your paychecks. Before you scoff at the idea of actually showing appreciation to your superior, just consider everything your manager or supervisor does for you on a daily basis. A good boss is patient, keen to teach, and…

Why Working on Teams is Crucial for Small Businesses

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“Entrepreneurship isn’t a singular job,” Jayson Demers, founder and CEO of AudienceBloom, wrote in a recent Entrepreneur article. “It’s actually better seen (and thought of) as an amalgamation of different jobs. You oversee a number of different departments as your organization grows, and you take care of duties ranging from the very large (securing venture funding) to the very small…

How to Announce Promotions for a Positive Workplace

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One of the most highly regarded techniques for recognizing an employee’s dedication and hard work is with a promotion. Promotions demonstrate to the staff your company’s efforts to promote from within while communicating to the promoted individual that his/her time and energy has been well spent. Use these methods to announce promotions to your entire staff so you can further…

Award Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

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Revered, brilliant mathematician Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2016, is an important part of the school year, when students, parents, and administrators recognize the hard work and dedication of educators. This year, have some fun during Teacher Appreciation Week with some…

How to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

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This spring, educators around the country will be the center of attention during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. Not sure how to get your school or learning center ready for this celebration? We do! It’s all about spoiling, thanking and honoring the men and women who work day in and day out to make sure our children have every opportunity…

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Day! Here’s How to Honor Your Volunteers

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Okay, so it’s not Volunteer Appreciation Day just yet, but it’s coming! The official day in 2016 is April 20, which leaves you plenty of time to honor your rockstars. The National Conference on Citizenship estimated that in 2012, 64.3 million Americans volunteered 7.9 billion hours of their time to nonprofit organizations! Without the efforts of these generous individuals, many…

Why Your Small Business Should Give Back to The Community

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Giving back to the community

A small business can measure its success by profits and the bottom line but as author Victor Hugo wrote, “As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.” Besides the obvious good feeling that helping a nonprofit organization creates, there are several other reasons why your small business should give back to the community, too! Publicity Is your small business…

How to Inspire a More Healthy Office

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Ensuring your office is packed with plenty of plants and tons of natural light is a good start for a healthy environment, but it won’t do much for employees if they’re simply slouching around in their chairs admiring all the plants and sunlight. The trick is to get individuals off their duffs and into action that can result in an…

How to Make Mass Mailing More Fun for Your Team

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With the holiday season and New Years approaching, your business most likely has plans to market directly to clients using a variety of channels: e-mail, flyers, blogs, posters, social media, and mail. While digital marketing methods do not require the hands-on labor that traditional methods demand, a sizeable mass mailing project is probably the most time-consuming and dull task of…

6 Ways to Motivate & Recognize Your Volunteers

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American author Cynthia Ozick once said, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Across the nation and around the world, volunteers make the important work of nonprofit organizations possible. However, these generous heroes often go unsung.   Nonprofits can use these six ways to recognize volunteers for all of their donated hours and meaningful…