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The Queen's 90th Birthday

21 April, 2016

Today at NGC Europe we have put up patriotic bunting and all came to work wearing red, white and blue to mark the celebrations for the Queens 90th birthday. What are you doing to celebrate?

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Employee Health and Wellbeing

18 April, 2016

A healthier and happier workforce will be ‘more productive and committed to their work’ according to the team at ‘Fit for Work’ and workplace wellness programmes are an excellent way for organisations to benefit from enhanced performance and reduced sick days (www.fitforwork.org).

The great news for companies is that there are many different ways to develop an office wellness programme. Office members could introduce simple steps to making their daily lives healthier by implementing measures such as:

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How new technology is transforming office dynamics

11 April, 2016

Office communications have changed dramatically over the last few decades with the introduction of new technologies dominating the work place. The once constant face to face office chats and meetings have been replaced in some cases with Instant Messenger (IM), WhatsApp, Skype and conference calls. These platforms definitely make office life far easier and quicker than ever before with the ability to send snippets of information at the click of a button to employees throughout the company, or have cross continental conversations day to day. Technology has definitely opened up new possibilities like never before and has made the world a much smaller place to be in terms of communications.

The other side to these technological advances however, is that less face to face contact between employees can result in a lack of creativity as the opportunity to bounce ideas off team members and brainstorm is more limited. More effort therefore has to be made between the workforce to schedule creative sessions and it is easy for intentions however good to slip and meetings to be postponed. IM can also be seen as a distraction and used inappropriately.

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Why give a gift card over a cash bonus?

07 April, 2016

Gift cards have replaced the cash bonus in many businesses. This is the fresh, new approach to tailoring the right reward to the individual as it shows genuine gratitude and appreciation from the employer. Some of the reasons to go for gift cards over a cash bonus are listed below:

• More memorable – a gift card for a certain brand rather than a plain cash bonus is more memorable with employees able to imagine and research what they will use the money for from that brand, before purchasing. Cash however can go unnoticed and be whittled away and forgotten about.

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A Happy Work Environment

31 March, 2016

One of the most challenging things for managers and chief executive officers in the workplace today, is to make sure their employees feel valued and to keep motivation high. Motivation is extremely important for the success of any company and as a leader it is key to understand and get to know each employee and what keeps them driven. Understanding their needs and realising they may be different to your own, as well as letting them know that what they do is truly appreciated will considerably enhance your business. By bringing diversity in to the work place you give people the chance to grow. Building trust and strong relationships is the key to keeping loyal and hardworking employees in the business. This is good not only for the employees but for you as the employer as well.

Everyone needs to feel valued and gift cards are a fresh and excellent way of showing appreciation to your workforce to reward and motivate them. By tailoring the right reward to the right individual with a brand that suits them, it shows genuine gratitude and is more personal than a cash bonus. Here at National Gift Card Europe we offer a range of fulfilment, distribution, sales and marketing management solutions for gift cards, gift certificates and digital codes in the USA, Canada and Europe. Order from us today. Just give us a call on 01344 987678 or visit our ordering portal www.ngcdirect.co.uk and choose from our range of brands.

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