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Employee Appreciation

In the age of millennials and skilled labor shortage, employee appreciation is more important than ever.

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of working life. That’s no excuse, however, for managers, CEOs and employers to forget how important and valuable their employees are.

Employee Appreciation Day 2016, which falls this year on Friday, March 6 and every first Friday of March, encourages managers of all levels to support and reward their employees, and to show their appreciation.

The day first arrived on calendars in 1995. Bob Nelson, a founding member of Recognition Professionals International and head of Workman Publishing, created Employee Appreciation Day as a follow-up to his book, “1001 ways to Reward Employees.” According to Nelson, the latest trends in the workplace – the rise of millennials, shortage of skilled labor, and lingering post-recession dissatisfaction - are making employee recognition more important than ever for companies.

Of millennials; those born roughly between the early 80s and 2000; Nelson says, “These are people who check their smartphones for texts 57 times a day. They’re not going to put up waiting for a review a year from now for you to tell them they’re doing a good job.”

Additionally, Nelson says, the skilled labor shortage puts employees in high demand the power to dictate how they wish to be treated, and the post-recession group of workers left to do the additional work of their laid-off colleagues are burned out, and feeling unappreciated.

Never has there been a more important time for employee recognition.

Gift cards from NGC US, LLC. are an excellent and popular way to reward employees because its selection of gift cards represent some of Canada’s most popular brands. Here’s a look at two favorites:

Travel gift cards are among the most valued types of rewards. A gift card from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts opens the doors to some of the world’s most celebrated addresses, with locations in 10 countries – including 16 unique properties across Canada, including the Fairmont Banff Springs, the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, and the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montrėal. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts gift cards can be used for accommodations and more, including spa services, dining, golf, tennis, and other leisure activities at Fairmont properties.

Freedom to choose is what makes the Visa® Reward Card and the Virtual Visa® Reward Card such a popular gift. Convenient and easy to use, Visa gift cards let the recipient choose what they want – in-store, online, or over the phone. Visa debit cards can be used just about anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted worldwide.

To learn more, contact us at National Gift Card. We’re your resource for employee appreciation and recognition.