Appreciate Your Employees with Anniversary Cards

by Blake C. on February 5, 2015

     Who doesn’t like being praised? It is human nature to feel the need to know that what we do matters. When we are children we look to our parents for praise that we’re doing things as they should be done and as we get older we get the feedback from teachers and coaches. Once in the work field it is easy to forget to praise employees and in my opinion that is very important for the morale of the company. We should be appreciating our employees when they do their job well and go above and beyond. Even more we should show them that appreciation on their anniversary with the company. There is no better way to show the employee that you care then with a wonderful anniversary card.

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     Such a simple yet wonderful gesture to show that what they do and their role in the company matters. Anniversaries are special no matter the occasion and in this day in age not a whole lot of companies are seeing that as an opportunity to give their employee acknowledgement. With a beautiful card we can help boost the morale of the company and show someone that you remembered. Most times it’s the small things a person does that others appreciate most.

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Tips for Good Business Email Etiquette

by Mickey S. on February 2, 2015

When sending an email from work, you want to come off professional, clear, and polite.  One of the most important things to remember is to always include a subject title.  This can simplify what your email is regarding and will mentally prepare the recipient for the body of your email.  A majority of the time, your email should be fairly short and to the point.  If you put too much information in your email, it’s possible that the recipient will read over important details that you’ve included.

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Your language throughout the email is very important.  Slang or office jargon is not appropriate to use in business emails.  Profanity is also not acceptable in any scenario.  Employees often catch themselves using acronyms that are used within the company.  You should try to refrain from doing so, as this may confuse the customer or client.

A signature at the end of your email is also a great idea.  This could include your name, company, position, and any contact information such as your phone number and email address.  If you are computer savvy and wish to be more creative, you can also edit the font, text size, or add a small design.  This may include your business logo as well.

Polite examples to open your email include “Dear Customer”, “Greetings”, or even a simple “Hello”.  Polite ways of closing your email include “Thank you” or “Best Regards”.  While you can be creative with your signature, the font and text size in the body of your email should be readable. Once again, you want the recipient to process all of the important details you are passing along.

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Why You Should Buy Birthday Cards In Bulk

by Evangeline R. on January 29, 2015

It’s Thursday evening and you’ve just come home from work, tired and ready to relax. You finally sit down and then all of a sudden ‘SHOOT!’ and it hits you like a ton of bricks, you forgot all about your friend’s birthday party the next night. The last thing you want to do is run out to the store and pick out a card when you just spent all day at the office. Well, if you buy birthday cards in bulk, this will never happen to you again. Here are a few more reasons to make sure you stock up on those all-important cake day cards.

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Save Money!

Let’s face it, none of us are made of money. Saving anywhere you can is always a plus, especially when it comes to buying in bulk. Buying one box of birthday cards can last you all throughout the year, for every friend and family member. And unlike a lot of those bulk items at the warehouse stores, you will actually use all of them!

Save Time

Bulk birthday card purchases also save you the hassle of having to remember each and every occasion. We’re all busy, we all forget someone’s birthday along the line, and it’s human. But now, the cards will already be there, ready to be signed, sealed and delivered. Do your wallet, and your blood pressure, a favor; stock up on some cards and never miss another birthday!

Impress Your Friends & Family

How many times have you been in the store deciding between five different cards to give to someone special on their birthday? The answer is probably way more than you or I would like to admit. When you buy cards in bulk, you’ll get a variety of the best cards available, able to suit whoever the card is for. They can be anywhere from funny to professional, fitting the needs of everyone in your life. Not only will you have just the right card, but you’ll never have that greeting-card-isle-drama again!

It’s Simply Easier

Birthdays are important and special occasions for all of the people in your life. Everyone looks forward to getting cards from friends and family that not only show they care, but have that personal touch as well. Having these cards ready will allow for the proper preparation and message to be sent on that special day, while relieving the stress of last-minute shopping, or even forgetting every once in a while.

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Business Birthday Cards for your Boss

by Marco H. on January 26, 2015

Everybody wants to be noticed by their boss, whether they admit it or not. And I’ve seen and tried a lot of variations on this theme. One of my ideas was to buy a box of business Birthday Cards from an online site and give them out to my boss and the other managers over my head. It seems to be going pretty well, I think, they all seem to like it. Though I haven’t seen anything tangible yet in the way of a raise or promotion. I’ll need another box pretty soon.

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Yes I get the odd comment about being a suck up (and worse) but let’s face it, they’re mostly just feeling stupid they didn’t think of it! At least it’s an honest, right out there attempt at attention grabbing. Unlike some people, who think dishonesty is the way to go. So many people think you get ahead by pulling other coworkers back, trying to make yourself look good by making others look bad. I wish we’d all get what we deserve and sometimes we do. But then there’s the Teflon people, nothing ever sticks to them. I sometimes think they’re the ones getting ahead. Too bad for me, I just can’t stoop that low. Or maybe good for me? Not sure…

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How to Deal With an Angry Co-Worker

by Mickey S. on January 22, 2015

Dealing with an angry co-worker can be very similar to dealing with an angry client, customer, or even a family member.  Stay positive, stay calm, let the person know you are willing to work with them, and try to reverse the situation the best you can.  It is important to not get angry back, as this may make the situation worse or you may say something you regret. It is also important to understand which type of person you are dealing with in this situation.  Is this the type of person that likes to talk their anger through?  Or would it be best to leave them alone for a little while so they can calm down?

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If your co-worker has said something inappropriate or offensive, it may be best to report the matter to a manager.  This is especially a good idea if this happens on multiple occasions, or if the co-worker has threatened violence.  If your co-worker has threatened violence against you or another co-worker, then you should report the matter immediately.

Human beings feed off of each other’s energy.  Just like with an angry customer call or an argument with a friend, you may be able to calm an angry person with how *you* come off.  If they see that you are not reacting to their anger and you are staying positive and calm, their emotions may change to match yours.

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Recently I heard a coworker trying to make the point to our boss that giving out business birthday cards was a tradition worth keeping. The boss was lamenting the fact that there would be no raises for a 2nd straight year for most of us and that only some upper management would probably be getting bonuses, (I thought she was joking, but…). She even wondered about the cards we get for birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries and everything in between.

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Of all the things to pick out to complain about my friend starts on about the card thing, about what a morale boost it is, about how fun it is to get that card in the mail. Always the dope I found out why when I complained about the no raises part. The boss thought it was sweet to lobby for the card tradition, while I got the stink eye for my input. I quickly reversed course and said how much I liked getting cards too. You gotta play the game.

I have to admit though that for a business to hand out cards does make difference. Unless you’re very cynical, you have to say that it’s at least a sign of goodwill. A lot of employers don’t bother to make the effort at any kind of appreciation.

I told my friend later that I get it, but I sure would like to talk about that raise too. He said we all might get more than business birthday cards if I worked harder. Very funny.

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Congratulations to the winners from the Eighth Round of voting in the Gallery Collection Scholarship Contest!

10 Designs moved on to the finalist round as a result of them finishing in the top 10 in voting, plus, our scholarship team also used our 1 save available to us on the entry submitted by Brittany Cartie which you can check out below.

Check out the top 10 vote getters and the saved design that are moving onto the finalist round in the gallery below.

 

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Fun Ways to Celebrate an Office Birthday

by Macy L. on January 15, 2015

Your coworker just turned 21 at work again for the fifth year straight. What a coincidence because you also happen to be 21 this year again as well! Here are some fun ways to celebrate an office birthday for an office that never seems to age past 21.

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1. Ice-Cream Cake
Chip in for an ice-cream cake. Everyone loves ice-cream. Everyone loves cake. This is a guaranteed win-win celebration. Make sure to keep the ice-cream fridge in the office freezer though if you pick it up in the morning. It would be pretty terrible to have melted ice-cream cake all over everyone else’s lunch in the fridge by noon.

2. Party Hats
No one ever looks good in a party hat except maybe Beyoncé, which is kind of the point. Get the birthday man/woman the silliest party hat that one’s office budget can provide for maximum amusement. Everyone else in the office (aka: office peasants) receives slightly poorer quality hats. Or better. Remember, the point is no one ever looks good in a party hat. Got it.

3. Office Balloons
Balloons are the epitome of Fun. Have you ever heard someone say, “Man, I hate balloons?” Me either.

4. Birthday Cards
Get everyone in the office or department to sign a birthday card with different colored metallic pens.

5. Sing Happy Birthday
Don’t be too shy to sing that office birthday coworker a very loud and embellished rendition of “Happy Birthday.” No one ever hates someone who sings them “Happy Birthday.” Probably.

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Welcome Cards are Perfect for New Employees

by Karla B. on January 12, 2015

Just imagine: You have joined a new company and have been training all week on a brand new computer system with all new coworkers. You are sent to your cubical surrounded by strangers and the butterflies in your stomach are flying like mad. You sit down and adjust your chair so at least you are a little comfortable. Then a light shines down, you look at the keyboard and see an envelope propped up against the computer screen. Then, you open this card with the word “Welcome” staring back at you. A sigh of relief escapes you…..

 

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Welcome cards are the perfect way to make new employees relax and feel like they have joined the team. It is important to make new personnel have a sense of belonging. It is also imperative that the employee is relaxed and feels safe. They need to have a comfort level so they can ask for assistance if necessary without worrying about how they will be perceived. When I began working for a new company last year and was given a welcome card, I felt that this company and I would be a perfect fit. Most offices and/or companies are like any family or close knit group of friends. It is usually difficult to feel like you fit in and are part of things quickly. Welcome cards aid in the development of relationships between new employees and their new coworkers and bosses.

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Congratulations Cards for a Job Well Done

by Evangeline R. on January 8, 2015

Remember when we were kids how excited we’d get if someone took the time to tell us we did a really great job on something? I can remember getting one of those handmade “Well Done” certificates that stayed on my fridge for what seemed like forever. In fact, I can remember my kids getting a far more technologically advanced version of the same thing. Well, why do we have to be a kid to get something like that? Who wouldn’t appreciate Congratulations cards that recognize your hard work?

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Recently I was involved in a town wide event sponsored by our local Chamber to get people out tasting foods from several new restaurants. While I enjoyed all the running around and organizing – since I’ve been told I can be a control freak – it was tons of work. Especially since it was all done while still holding down a full time job and a family life.

When the day finally arrived, everything fell into place and I have to admit, it was a gigantic success. We made a ton of money and people got to try new foods and hopefully found some new favorite places to eat. When I got home at the end of the night, I found the most beautiful card on the kitchen table that said “Congratulations on a Job Well Done”. The card, and the accompanying flowers, was from my husband and kids. It brought tears to my eyes to know that they acknowledged and appreciated all the time I put into something I really wanted to be a part of.

The next day, I got several other cards and texts with the same message. What a great feeling it was to know that everyone had a great time and realized the effort it took on the part of many people to make that happen. I guess it doesn’t matter how old you are or how often you hear it, it makes you feel good to be recognized for a job you put your heart into.

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