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Introducing…Five NEW Employee Appreciation Tools that Will Make Your Life So Much Easier!

by Allison
10. April 2012 08:13

If you’re a busy manager—and, let’s face it: the words busy and manager are practically inseparable—then you might not think you have time to show employee appreciation. But, considering that 64% of Americans leave their jobs because they don’t feel appreciated (you can read about this statistic and more in our Day-to-Day Recognition White Paper), taking that little bit of time upfront can save you eons down the road.

This all makes sense; but, NEWS FLASH: you’re still busy!

At Baudville, we get it. Which is why whenever we develop new employee appreciation products, we always ask ourselves this question first, “Is it easy to use?” If we can’t answer yes, then it gets chucked into the brilliant-but-useless idea graveyard. Yes, we’re ruthless; but we do it for you!

You’ll be happy to know that several products made it past the gauntlet and into the winners’ circle this round. Here they are:

In Good Company – Business Cards with a Twist. We definitely did all the legwork for you here; you just need to add your five seconds of hand work! Simply pick out a card that represents the person you want to recognize, fill in his or her name, and deliver. If you have a Chief Imagination Office, a Professional Game Changer, or VP of Positive Mojo on staff, then these are the perfect notes for you.   

Fun Business Cards

Talking Praise – Fun Desktop Notes. With 3-D being the big buzz this year, we thought we’d create our own notes that stand up, stand out, and stand apart from all the other flat note cards out there. Choose from one of six designs, write a quick note on the back, fold to make the word bubble pop out, and leave it on your recipient’s desk. What a fun, colorful, surprise way to give your praise!

Talking Praise

Pop of Praise. When we talk to our customers, we commonly hear, “Don’t make me think!” Well, guess what? It is possible to give thoughtful employee appreciation without having to put hours of thought into it. Pop of Praise notes are perfect for quick, spur of the moment recognition—that happens in seconds! They’re available in three messaging themes and the notes inside are a random assortment of related messages. Just pull a note (it already says what you want to say), sign it, and stick it. What do you think of that?   

Pop of Praise – Super Staff

I Rock Today Sticker Set. I just wrote about these in my High Five for Friday post; but since they are still as awesome today as they were last week, I am bringing them up again. For a modest 37¢ per sticker, you can give someone bragging rights for an entire day. That’s a little bit of pocket change and a couple of minutes with a Sharpie for a long lasting memento of your admiration.
I Rock Today Stickers

Memo Clip & Sticky Note Gift Set. These are sort of a hybrid tool: part gift, part handwritten note. And, the come in seven different themes! You can write a note of appreciation on one of the sticky notes, attach it to the clip, and present one to everyone on your team. They get a meaningful reminder of your appreciation; plus a memo clip and a pad of notes they can use at their desks every day.

Volunteers Make the Difference Memo Clip Set


Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She’s been writing for Baudville for three years and has worked in a variety of business settings for more than 18 years. Before becoming a professional writer 11 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She’s what we call a true believer! 

Employee Appreciation on Good Friday

by Cori
6. April 2012 08:23

Was traffic a little light on your drive to work this morning? It was for me. It felt like one of those mornings when I question if I have my days mixed up. Perhaps, I think to myself, I am mistakenly driving to work on a Sunday. Oops!

However in West Michigan, students are on spring break and several businesses are closed for the Good Friday holiday. If you made the trip into work this morning, you may feel like you’re the only one in the universe who has to work today (although I have no idea how that feels - honestly). That kind of feeling can bring down morale and productivity for the day, but you can combat the disengagement with a small and sincere expression of employee appreciation.

Friends of mine are optometrists at a private practice here in Grand Rapids. When schools and businesses are closed, for example on Good Friday, they are swamped! Everyone wants to get their eye exam or order their new pair of glasses on their day off. As a result, the office staff has to work on a day that’s a holiday for many.

Today, the doctors in the office have planned a little employee appreciation to help the day go by smoothly. They’re bringing in a pizza lunch and giving each staff member a Thanks For All You Do Twist Top Tumbler. It’s all part of an effort to keep the staff feeling appreciated and motivated on a day when it can be tough to be at work.
Shop Thanks Twist Top Tumbler

The optometrist office really gets it. Their message of appreciation will be timely, sincere, and personal to their staff. I have a feeling the staff will love the pizza lunch and their new tumblers (they’re a big hit around Baudville!). More importantly, they’ll feel a renewed dedication and loyalty to their employer who recognizes their efforts on a tough day.

If you’re at work today, it may be a great opportunity to show a little extra employee appreciation to your team. It can be something as easy as a free ePraise card that says “thanks for being here today!” to dropping off a bag of their favorite Easter candy in the afternoon (we've been crazy about Cadbury Mini eggs lately!). Your sincere gesture of appreciation will be a great start to their weekend!

Happy Easter!


Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too)  and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook.

High Five for Friday: It's Red Hot!

by kimberly
9. March 2012 08:40

Wow, I don't know about you, but this week flew by for me! I finally sat down to think about this post and the first thing that came to my mind was how obsessed I am with the color red right now and I literally want to eat, drink, wear and give RED. So, in light of that, here are some of my favorite red hot items for the week.

1. Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting. I have never even seen these first hand. I have not been to the restaurant that serves these. I was just innocently watching one of my favorite shows, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, on the Food Network and my life changed forever. I just about flew through my TV to try and take a bite of these magnificent looking waffles. Then ironically, my friend (who lives by this restaurant in California), took a picture of them and posted it on Facebook like the next day. I have NOT stopped thinking about them and I am about to get on a plane to get them. YUMMY!

Red Velvet Waffles 

2. Sweet Treats. Last Friday for Employee Appreciation Day, these Sweet Treats were one of the goodies in our bag and honestly, I forgot how much I love red jelly beans. They really hit the spot. You should definitely get a stash of them to give out to your employees and let them know how awesome they are!

Sweet Treats

3. Red Exotic Heel Shoes. So, I went to a wedding last weekend and was so tempted to buy these shoes to go with my dress. I know you don't know me, but I am so not a heel kind of gal and yet I still think about them daily and it's taking every ounce of my being not to buy them. Do you have your eye on something right now that you know you shouldn't buy but can't stop thinking about? It's so hard!

Red Shoes

4. Funny eCards. I am thoroughly addicted to Pinterest and one of the type of pins that is constantly floating around are these hilarious ecards. I just love them because they make me LAUGH OUT LOUD and are usually so true it hurts. This one especially, I always find myself in this situation... why am I always so hungry?

Funny eCards

5. Employee Appreciation Day T-Shirt. We had a great day last Friday celebrating Employee Appreciation Day, and another one of my favorite gifts in the goodie bag was the t-shirt that everyone received. Who doesn't love a good t-shirt with a fun saying on it?

Shop Now

Well, that's it for me - I hope you had a great week and wish you a wonderful weekend! Don't forget Spring Forward!!


Kimberly is the Baudville Website Manager and star of our online product videos. She applies her knowledge of the web to create the ultimate online experience for Baudville customers.

10 Unique Employee Appreciation Day Theme Ideas

by Lindsay
15. February 2012 11:47
Employee Appreciation Day is March 2, 2012, which means it’s officially time to start planning! At Baudville, Employee Appreciation Day is a regular part of our event calendar, and we celebrate it every year. When we plan our celebration, we follow a similar formula. It usually includes a casual day for everyone (we love wearing our jeans!), lunch for the entire company, a small gift, and a personal note from the manager.

This has been our recipe for success, but the secret ingredient has always been our theme. A theme brings all the separate ingredients together and makes it memorable and fun. We communicate our theme through emails as we announce what’s going to happen and posters that we put up around the building.

Today, I shared ten Employee Appreciation Theme ideas in our latest Recognition TV episode. You can watch the recorded video in our Recognition Resource Center, or read the article we wrote sharing all the details. 

Watch the Recognition TV websiode here:

Here are a few of my Employee Appreciation Day theme ideas:
O’fishially Awesome
Employee Appreciation Day is all about your employees, so a theme that reinforces their value will be very effective at making them feel appreciated. Treat the entire team to a snack of Gold Fish Crackers and Gummy Fish in the afternoon, and invite them to try their luck at your fishing pond. Set up a carnival-type fishing pond and have a selection of prizes for employees to win, like gifts from our Attitude is Everything theme

Shop Attitude is Everything

Office Olympics
Our most popular Employee Appreciation Day celebration at Baudville so far was our Winter Olympic Games. We put teams together from across the organization, so employees from all departments were represented on every team.  Teams competed in six different events for the honor receiving a gold, silver, or bronze medal. For gifts, employees got a bandana in their team colors and a plastic coffee mug that we customized with our own Olympic art. 

Company Dessert Buffet
Dessert buffets are all the rage in the event planning world. They’re commonly found at weddings, birthday parties, and showers, but your employees will go crazy for them, too. A dessert buffet is filled with delicious treats in colors that all coordinate with the theme. Send invitations to all your employees informing them of the time and place your buffet will be open. Create a dessert buffet in your company colors for  Employee Appreciation Day! Cupcakes, M&Ms, licorice, jelly beans,  and whoopee pies can all be found in a variety of colors. Display your treats in glass bowls, jars, and tiered plates for a sweet Employee Appreciation Day treat!

Have a Dessert Buffet on Employee Appreciation Day


Lindsay is Baudville’s Product Manager, so she’s always shopping for the hottest new item! She’s been at Baudville for over seven years in a variety of marketing and product roles and knows the company like the back of her hand. Keep up with all of the new products Lindsay and her team create by signing up for Baudville new product email updates.

Employee Appreciation Day Ideas for your 2012 Celebration

by Cori
6. February 2012 06:00

Employee Appreciation Day is March 2, 2012, so you have one month to plan a celebration for your team. If you’re looking for theme ideas, register for our upcoming Recognition TV webisode. Lindsay, Baudville Product Manager, will share her favorite Employee Appreciation Day themes in a video broadcast on Wednesday, February 15. She’ll probably share her picks for Employee Appreciation Day gifts this year, too. Don’t miss it!

Employee Appreciation Day is all about your employees. Celebrating the value they bring to your organization as individuals is a great way to increase employee engagement, commitment, and motivation.

But how do you do that? We have a few low cost ideas for this year that will get your employees talking!

 Friendly Competition. Engage your team with a little friendly competition. Host a Minute to Win It contest in your department or create your own game of Team Bingo. Offer a small prize to the top achievers and watch the fun that follows! You can find over 60 activity ideas for Employee Appreciation Day in our new Team Up! eBook now available in the Recognition Resource Center.

Team Activities eBookk

Take it Outdoors. Thanks to our mild winter weather, you can take your team outside for Employee Appreciation Day! A little fresh air will invigorate your team, and expands your activity options. Bust out one of your summer yard games out of the garage for a short recess your team will enjoy.

Random Acts of Kindness. Make your Employee Appreciation Day about kindness this year by encouraging employees to practice kindness the week leading up to Employee Appreciation Day. Download our new 75 Random Acts of Kindness eBook from our Recognition Resource Center and cut out each of the 75 ideas – you may want to add some of your own ideas, too! Place them in a bowl and have employees pick an act of kindness to do every day. Give everyone five Cheerful Change coins  that they are to pass on to the person who received their act of kindness. 

Celebrate the end of the week – and your many acts of kindness – with a team lunch on Friday. Conversation will inevitably lead to the Random Acts of Kindness from the week. This is a great opportunity to remind your employees that they make a difference both inside and outside work. What a great recognition moment!

75 Random Acts of Kindness eBook

For more Employee Appreciation Day ideas, use these additional resources:

Baudville on Pinterest
Recognition Resource Center
Employee Appreciation Day on the Baudville Recognition at Work blog


How will you celebrate Employee Appreciation Day this year? Tell us here!


Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too)  and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook.

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