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Ways to Show You Appreciate Their Work

One of the most important ways you can let your employees know you appreciate their hard work is to buy them a gift. This is a great way to keep morale high. In turn, they will continue to work hard for you. To show your appreciation, you can do many things from business gifts to other incentives.

For one, you can buy gifts for your employees throughout the year. While buying them something during the holidays is a nice gesture, surprising them is even better. For example, say one of your employees landed a big contract; you could reward them with a gift basket or a gift card. This simple act shows their work means a lot to you and they won’t forget it your appreciation.

While gift giving can be tricky, listening can make the process a bit easier. The best way to find out what your employees like is to learn more about them. Even in casual conversation, you can pick up things about them like their hobbies or interests. Then, when you buy them a gift for a job well done, not only are you thanking them for their hard work, you are showing them you listen.

Along with business gifts, you could offer other incentives for your employees. One is a free lunch with the boss. Moreover, it’s an excellent way to thank someone who does a great job, as well as provides you with an opportunity to learn more about him or her.

You could also do something simple like make an announcement. This is where you would compose an email or hold a short meeting with all of your staff and share that specific employee’s achievements. This will be a huge confidence booster to that recipient.

Other Businesses

Gifts are also a great idea to show your thankfulness for other companies that you have worked with on a project. When you buy them a gift basket, gift cards or other items, they will love the gesture. In turn, this can lead to another working relationship in the future.

Additionally, you could also offer them discounted services or products from your business. This is a great way to keep the relationship strong while growing your sales.

Ultimately, as an owner, it’s important you take the time and thank those that make your business successful. In turn, they will appreciate the thought and care you put into the gift, which could lead to increased employee morale and sustain working relationships with other businesses.

Heather Beleno is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites.


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Gifts You Can Give Your Boss without Looking Like a Kiss-Ass

Whether it’s his birthday, the holidays, or any other occasion, it’s never easy to pick out the perfect gift for your boss. You want to impress him, but you don’t want to do it with scoffs from your colleagues. The gift you give to your boss should show him that you appreciate him without going over the top. He makes more money than you, so don’t spend a lot. If you spend more than $50 on a present, you’ll seem like a kiss-ass for sure. There are plenty of nice gifts you can give that are thoughtful, reasonably-priced, and not screaming for a promotion. Here are some gift ideas for your boss that won’t annoy him or your coworkers.

A Bottle of Spirits

If your boss likes to enjoy the occasional drink, consider getting him a bottle of his favorite liquor or a nice bottle of wine. The bottle you choose will show you’re paying attention to his tastes, but if you’re not sure, you can never go wrong with red wine. A bottle of wine is a great gift because you can almost never have too many, and there will always be a future occasion to drink it.
A Fancy Wine Opener

If you don’t want to go with the traditional bottle of wine, you can take a more practical route and get him a nice wine opener. There are lots of different wine openers on the market, so go for something that’s a little more high-end, such as a sleek-looking electric wine opener that will look good on a countertop and make opening wine a breeze.
A Wine Decanter

Okay, perhaps at this point it might seem like your boss is an alcoholic with all these drinking-related gifts. But drinking-related gifts are good for one reason – the show you have a jovial spirit (no pun intended). Whenever there is a gift-giving occasion, it’s likely a cause for celebration. A wine decanter is another gift that will give a happy, celebratory vibe.
Travel Accessories

If your boss travels a lot in his position, you can give a thoughtful, practical gift with a travel accessory or two. Good travel accessories include neck pillows, travel shoe bags, necktie cases, and toiletry bags. They all serve a useful purpose and can make his travelling easier or more stylish.
Fun Tech Accessories

For the boss with an iPad or iPhone, there are lots of fun accessories you can get that will show you have a sense of humor. For example, there’s an accessory that will turn your iPad into a mini arcade game, or a case that will make it look like an Etch-a-Sketch.
Bluetooth Headset

Bosses are always on their phones. If yours doesn’t have a hands-free Bluetooth headset yet, it will be the perfect gift for you to give him. They are not very expensive at all, and they will make it easier for him to talk while driving and multi-task in general. Just remember if he starts wearing it 24/7 around the office, it’s your fault.

Charlie Adams is a tech guru and internet expert who works and lives in the Las Vegas area as a consultant. If he ever needs to blow off some steam or entertain guests from out of town he simply takes them out to experience the Vegas nightlife.

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5 Tips for Making Virtual Meetings Work

Online meetings and phone conferences have freed businesses from the limits of geography. While these tools can be a huge benefit in cost savings and efficiency, doing business at a distance can create challenges. You may never meet some of the people you do business with face to face, so it’s more important than ever to take steps to ensure that you create a connection that fosters a positive business relationship.

1. Start virtual meetings on time.

Because virtual meeting attendees cannot connect until the host starts the meeting, your group cannot fill the time while they wait for you chatting with each other. Instead, they are left sitting with their own thoughts, which will inevitably turn to wondering what you think is more important than they are.

2. Don’t eat during phone conferences. 

Seriously—they can hear you. Phone conferences can give you a false sense of security about how much you can do under the radar while attending the meeting.  There’s a huge difference between eating with colleagues at a face-to-face lunch meeting and being the disembodied sound of chewing that resonates through a phone meeting.

3. Don’t answer e-mail during phone conferences.

While the sound of chewing is kind of gross, the sound of someone clicking away on a keyboard is downright insulting. It sends the message that you are not giving your full attention to the meeting. While some have tried to pass off their multi-tasking as note taking, most attendees are wise to what’s really going on.

4. Respect time differences. 

When working with associates in different countries or time zones, avoid requesting meetings during their lunch time or calling them just before the close of business. While everyone must make adjustments in our increasingly global marketplace, you can increase the odds that everyone will be on the same page if you show an awareness that everyone is not in the same time zone.

5. Make a personalized connection.

Acknowledge holidays and other special occasions as well as the successful completion of large, long-term projects. Gourmet corporate gift baskets are an excellent way to express thanks, congratulations and good wishes. There are many services where you can get a corporate gift basket online. For a team leader or important client, consider sending a basket with a seasonal flair, such as a grill-themed basket, to mark the beginning of summer. A more general business gift basket with tasty treats is a handy way to say thank you to a team or larger group.

When the only way you “meet” people is through technology, invest a little extra effort to ensure that you make a strong connection. Strong, positive connections will facilitate productive and collegial meetings—and isn’t that what all meetings should be?

Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about gifts. You can learn more about Corporate Gift Basket Online at


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