Join the Winning Team with Custom Under Armour Gear

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Business is the ultimate team sport. Success in an extremely competitive modern marketplace requires a dedicated, passionate team working together toward a common goal. A coach is only as good as his players, and a business owner is only as effective as his employees. Just like in sports, it’s a group effort, and the roleplayers are just as necessary as the superstars. You’re all working together to achieve success. The only thing that’s missing from this equation is the uniform. That’s where we come in.

We’re proud to announce a partnership with Under Armour, one of the world’s leading suppliers of sports clothing, accessories, and casual apparel. With an assist from Rush Imprint, you can outfit your team in the same high-quality custom Under Armour gear that the world’s most famous athletes wear onto the field. Best of all, you can customize it with your company’s name and logo so that everyone you encounter knows exactly which team you play for.

Under Armour is one of the greatest success stories in modern business. Twenty years ago, founder and former University of Maryland football star Kevin Plank was driving up and down the East Coast with nothing but a trunk full of athletic apparel and a dream. Now, he is the head of one of the world’s most successful companies, with offices on multiple continents, endorsement deals with some of the world’s biggest sports stars, and more than $3 billion in revenue.

It’s impossible to turn on a sporting event without seeing Under Armour. From college football to rugby to gymnastics and swimming, Under Armour represents athletes in every major sport on Earth. Last season’s NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, is an Under Armour athlete. So is Cam Newton, this year’s NFL MVP. If baseball is more your speed, 2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper is on the Under Armour roster, too. Clearly, Under Armour is the official brand of winners everywhere.

Men’s Storm Armour Fleece Hoodie (Model#: 1259080)

That’s why we’re so excited about our new range of Under Armour offerings. You won’t find anywhere else offering custom-branded Under Armour gear for your business. We’ve got a full range of hoodies, zip-ups, Polos, and duffel bags to outfit your team in championship style.

Whether you’re looking for high-quality branded apparel to wear around the office or an attractive uniform to take the floor at a trade show, our Under Armour polos and jackets are an incredible choice. Best of all, thanks to rushIMPRINT’s custom branding, everyone will know which team your employees are on. They’ll be looking sharp, representing your brand the right way, and feeling like champions the second they suit up.

These special Under Armour offerings are only available to corporate customers, and you won’t find them anywhere else. Don’t settle for second best. You’re in it to win it, and the best way to become a champion is to dress the part. Under Armour is the clear MVP of the sports apparel world, and now is your chance to get on the winning team.

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Here’s How to Keep Your Clients Warm for the Holidays

It’s December, and that means two things every year. It means that it’s the time of year for gift-giving, and it means it’s freezing outside. Luckily, with a little help from rushIMPRINT, you can take care of two problems at once. We offer a wide line of branded merchandise to keep your clients toasty and warm their hearts at the same time.

It’s never the wrong time to show your clients a little appreciation and solidify your existing business relationships, but during the Holiday season it’s more important than ever. Since you’re going to be giving your clients gifts anyway, why not help them out with something practical? Our branded ice scrapers will help your clients brave the icy weather and get ready for the drive to work. It shows appreciation and helps keep their employees arriving safely and on time. What could be better?

Unfortunately, you can’t spend the entire winter inside. Some of your clients are probably out on the road, fighting the winter chill while they make sales and service calls. Why not help them bundle up this winter with some custom jackets or custom winter hats? When a jacket with your logo is holding off that biting winter wind, you know that your clients will be feeling the love.

Another great way to stay warm on the go is with a hot, delicious mug of coffee. With one of our custom coffee travel sets, your clients will be ready to go at a moment’s notice without having to worry about catching a chill. And when they do, your logo will be along for the ride.

There is, of course, more than one type of warmth. It’s always good to fight off the cold, but it’s also important to fight off the gloom that can come with the dreary winter weather. If there’s one thing that goes hand in hand with the holidays, it’s cheating on your diet a little bit and giving your sweet tooth free reign. Everyone loves a delicious Holiday treat, so why not spread a little Holiday warmth with some promotional cookies or custom chocolates?

The season is all about sharing, and our branded Holographic Snowflake Tower has a little something for everyone. It’s sweet, salty, and it’ll help cheer up a whole office. Best of all, your logo will be front and center when everyone inevitably congregates around the candy.

Stir ‘n’ Sip Plastic Mug (Model#: 4050)

Nothing in the world combines real warmth and emotional warmth better than coffee. It makes a long day seem shorter, it brightens the greyest of days, and it keeps the winter cold at bay. Our Stir’n Sip mug sets are perfect for meetings, events, and everyday office use. Sending them as a gift will help brighten the Holidays and keep on giving all year round.

This Holiday season, spread a little warmth, both literal and metaphorical. By sending your client a timely Holiday gift, you can help keep spirits high, fight off the cold, and advance your business relationships all at the same time. Getting in the giving spirit now can help ensure that you receive repeat business for years to come.

Cheers to New Years with Custom Glassware

The Holiday season is upon us, and a brand new year is right around the corner. People all over the country are stocking up on champagne, planning office parties, thinking about their New Year’s resolutions, and making plans for how next year is going to be their best and most successful year ever. Whether you’re looking to plan an on-theme office party or just spending your December 31 in quiet reflection, our line of custom glassware will help promote some Holiday spirit with a few Holiday spirits.

Our custom drinkware is the perfect way to insert some tasteful company pride into your New Year’s Celebration. Best of all, you can let your employees take them home as a way to show your appreciation and help them ring in the New Year on a happy note. That way, every time they kick back to enjoy an adult beverage after a hard day of work, they’ll know that their effort and devotion are recognized and appreciated.

Of course, without clients, your business wouldn’t have had such a great year. Why not celebrate your successful business relationships with a gift? Sending your clients our line of branded pint, wine, and shot glasses means that when they’re celebrating the New Year with a glass of bubbly, your logo will be a featured guest at the party.

Even if you’re spending a quiet New Year’s with your friends and family, it’s important to pause and take stock of your successes, your hopes, and your aspirations. This New Year’s Eve, take a moment to raise a glass with the ones you love and think about the year that’s gone by. What went right for you in 2015? What could you do to make sure that 2016 is even better for you, your employees, and your company? There is no better way to celebrate where you’ve been and embrace where you’re going than by ringing in the New Year with the clink of glasses proudly emblazoned with the logo of the company you worked so hard to build.

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our line of durable pubWARE

Just like your business, our custom-branded drinkware is built to last. You always want to put your best foot forward, which is why our new pubWARE glasses have the same look, weight, and feel as high-end glassware. Unlike glass, though, this drinkware is designed to withstand some rough handling and won’t break or shatter the first time something goes wrong. You’re resilient, and so is your company. Why shouldn’t your drinkware be, too? Especially if you’re giving these glasses as a gift to your employees or clients, the last thing you want is for them to break.

This New Year’s Eve, celebrate in style with our durable, classy line of custom-branded drinkware. Raise your glass and make a toast to another successful year for your business, and resolve yourself to find ways to perform even better in the years to come.

Promotional Toys Are Perfect for the Holiday Season

promotional toys‘Tis the season again to bring out the inner child in both ourselves and our clients. It’s better to give than receive, which is why something like promotional toys should be such an important part of your marketing campaign. Who can forget the feeling of unwrapping a present from a friend or family member during the holiday season? Not only is the gift appreciated, but additionally, the positive feelings associated with that gift carry on from year to year. This same type of sentiment can be carried out through your marketing.

Many enthusiasts collect toys through the years. Everything from dolls to matchbox cars to old fashion wooden toys are sought out from garage sales, second hand stores, estate sales, and even from other collectors. Toys with company logos have always been a favorite among collectors, too-especially ones that have aged a bit. A quick search online for ‘vintage Coca Cola toys’, for instance, will return some interesting results:

Vintage Coca Cola Truck

Collectible items with the Marvel and DC logos sell for premium prices, as do many others. You may not own a business that is on the level with Coca Cola (yet!), but when you are searching for a promotional product for your company, you really should consider promotional toys.

Inexpensive items such as crayons, custom ping pong balls, Frisbees and hacky sacks, to name just a few, are tremendous for advertising when emblazoned with your brightly colored logo. These toys can be given away in large quantities at tradeshows, conventions and other events.

More expensive items, such as a football bean bag throw, a premium poker game set, or a stuffed plush bear with your logo, make wonderful gifts for employees and customers and their families.

No matter what business you are in this season, a promotional toy add a touch of fun and fit in nicely to your holiday marketing. Of course, if you happen to be in the toy business, or in any business that involves children in any way, there is no better choice for a promotional product than toys! Hospitals use them, doctors and dentist offices have found them very helpful in calming young patients. There are few businesses that can’t benefit from the use of promotional toys!

Why You Should Shop Small This Saturday

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and shoppers all over the country are already looking ahead to all of the sweet deals they’re going to get on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sandwiched between those two shopping holidays, though, is another important day that doesn’t get nearly as much attention.

Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Americans all over the country celebrate Small Business Saturday. On Black Friday, shoppers flock to the big box stores to take advantage of the huge sales and crazy deals. On Cyber Monday, tech geeks sit glued to their computers waiting for the biggest discounts. On Small Business Saturday, shoppers hit the streets to support all of the locally-owned mom and pop shops that are the lifeblood of the American economy.

At rushIMPRINT, our business is helping small businesses grow and promote themselves. We know better than anyone how important it is to support local, independent businesses. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to not only participate in Small Business Saturday this year, but to make every Saturday a Small Business Saturday.

We all know that the big box chains offer the best values. The volume of business they do makes it nearly impossible for their smaller competitors to compete with them in terms of pure pricing. Here’s the thing, though: those giant retail chains didn’t start off as giant retail chains. As hard as it may be to imagine, Walmart used to be just another store in Arkansas. At one point, McDonald’s was someone’s local burger joint.

By supporting a local shop or eatery, you might be helping to build the next Walmart or McDonald’s. You could be helping a local business owner realize their dream of expanding into the next big thing. Your purchase could help fund an expansion that leads to more manufacturing, more business, and more jobs right here in the United States.

Just as importantly, supporting any local business supports your local economy as a whole. The local businesses you patronize are paying taxes right in your home community and they’re hiring your neighbors and friends to work there. In turn, those employees spend their paychecks at other businesses in your area. It creates economic momentum that can help propel your town or city into real prosperity. Shopping at a local business or eating at your local restaurant might seem like a small thing, but it can make a huge impact in literally hundreds of lives, including your own.

So make sure that, this Saturday, you go out and spend some of that Holiday shopping money to support local businesses. But don’t stop there. Make supporting small businesses a year-round affair. You might find some incredible shops and restaurants you never would have known about. Even more importantly, you’ll be helping create jobs in your area and promote regional economic growth. Best of all, you’ll feel the satisfaction of helping someone who’s working hard to carve out a place in the world just like you. In the end, isn’t that what every holiday should be out?

Is There a ‘Best Color’ for Conversions?


Your art department has been working hard shaping out that new logo, and now they’re presenting you with several color options. You step back and consider your choices. Like any executive, you know that even the smallest decisions can affect your profitability. But is there a method to determining if one pigment may more positively impact your bottom line than another? And to that end, what about the colors of the CTA buttons on your email blasts and landing pages? How critical is it that they are the perfect shade? One may surmise that if it’s important to get the colors right in these areas, it then stands to reason that this theme of color influence must also apply to all aspects of your design.

Countless opinions on color palette preference are floating around the internet, and while this post is yet another among them, the intent is to help reinforce, with supplemental research, the important role color can play in your marketing.

To put it plainly, using color strategically may help you make more money.

Sorry. There’s No One-Color Fix-All for Your Problems.

Pump the brakes. If you’re reading this in the hopes that I’ll reveal the secret, revenue-increasing Pantone color, then you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. There are however, ways to integrate color that, when combined with the right audience, industry, messaging, and contrast, can benefit your marketing efforts. It’s just going to take some work. More work than some wanted to put in just a few years back.

For a time, a nasty trend was infecting the e-commerce community with misinformation. It proposed that all marketers need to do is employ a Big Orange Button (BOB) to their emails, landing pages, checkouts, and pretty much anywhere else they wanted a user to take action. Like citrus to the scurvy that is poor click-through rates, the bright, enticing nature of the BOB was purportedly the only cure every marketer needed.

Big Orange Button

As alluring a proposition as the BOB was, this literal “easy button” was just too good to be true.

Unfortunately for the lazy and lethargic among us, to really boost conversions with your design, more effort needs to be put into audience research. The good news is that many researchers and A/B testers have since put in such leg work to at least get you started.

Know Your Audience

It goes without saying that color preference is highly subjective and varies from person to person. However, this isn’t to say that from these varying opinions, scientific inferences can’t be made. One thoroughly conducted color study by Joe Hallock collected data from 232 people in 22 different countries. Men and women across different age groups were surveyed as a representative sample of individuals’ favorite color under varying circumstances. This study determined that many factors like age, gender, memory association, and emotion can each play a role in color preference.

Above is an aggregate of the color preference of all people surveyed. Based on just this instance of color preference, would it be safe to assume that the majority of people prefer the color blue over all other colors? Would this mean that adding a blue CTA or theme to your site, landing page, or email would cause it to perform better than one draped in yellow or orange? If only it were that simple. Below, the preferences are broken down by gender and age group.

So how can this data help you with color selection?

Depending on the customer you’re trying to reach, and the message you’re trying to convey, different colors may perform better in different circumstances. First, you’ll need to get in touch with your customer base.

Know How They Feel…

Astute marketers often divide their audiences into affinity groups – schoolteachers, environmental activists, hunters, soccer moms, etc. These clusters of shopper types each expect their own distinct messaging when they shop. For instance, you wouldn’t send the same email to animal rights advocates that you would send to those whose hobby is taxidermy. This same type of laser targeting can be applied to the color palette used in your marketing.

Suppose you’re trying to promote a business event or fundraiser around Earth Day. When presented with the exact same copy and offer, environmentalists may respond more positively to marketing draped in earth tones rather than those saturated in bright, neon hues. This is because neutral earth tones tend to be associated with a more organic, natural, and peaceful feeling which correlates with the audience you are trying to reach.

And How You Want Your Brand to Be Perceived

Captivating as the chart may be, consumer responses are not as simple to predict as assigning colors to emotions. As Discovery points out, color associations are more closely tied to personal experience and as such, are difficult to apply to a broad feeling. Karen Schloss, a graduate student in psychology at UC Berkeley reported that she “might like purple more than you because [her] sister’s bedroom was purple and [she] had positive experiences there.” Like many things in life, your color preferences are an aggregate of your life experiences.

Context is critical, too. Your site can bombard users with the color yellow, but this does not necessarily mean that it will automatically translate to sunshine and happiness. It all depends on the context. For example, that same joyful and exuberant yellow on one site could translate to “caution!” or radioactivity on another. Just keep in mind the personality you want your messaging to present and build your color palette around that.

Choose the Appropriate Color for Your Industry

Although it may be difficult to directly correlate one-to-one with an emotion, there are some instances where, due to the feeling you want to embody, certain colors are just unable to properly represent your brand. Think of Harley Davidson. What emotions come to mind when you picture their motorcycles and the culture they’ve created? Tough. Rugged. Strong. Cool. Rebellious. Now imagine these sentiments trying to present themselves in pastel pink. It just doesn’t work. You have to make sure the color fits the product. That’s why Harley Davidson uses dark colors like black and steel grey and accents it with a dark orange.

Create Contrast to Guide User Action

Let’s throw it back to the BOB mentioned above. Now I wasn’t trying to say this strategy should be avoided at all costs, because within the correct circumstances, the Big Orange Button may convert better than other colors. But you have to tread carefully with this supposition. It is by no means the be-all and end-all solution. If nothing else, please take away from this post that no one color is better than another for conversions. The reason the BOB would work well when compared against other colors is completely relative to its surroundings. In other words, does it stand out?

Let’s take a look at an A/B test done by RIPT Apparel:

RIPT Apparel
Original Design

In the original design, the black and white “$10 buy now” option not only blended in with its background, but it also wasn’t designed to provoke a click.

RIPT Apparel
Reworked Design

In the rework, however, RIPT added some button depth to the CTA making it a button and colored it green to instantly draw the user’s eye.

The Result? A 6.3% increase in conversions.

Does this mean green should be your go-to color for CTAs? Of course not! The contrasting color used against a grayscale background in this one example made the CTA pop. Maybe other landing pages or emails have an overwhelmingly green color scheme. In these instances, perhaps an orange or red CTA would be more appropriate. It all depends on what color would grab the user’s attention and guide them to take action.


You will have to test your audience. Tailor your message to the group of shoppers for whom your product or service is best suited. I wish I could offer an easy answer, but if you want those conversions, you are going to have to put in a little work. Hopefully this post can serve as a guide to get you started on the right track. Test out a few things; see what works best for your audience. Then test again. Whether you’re moving the needle in the positive or negative direction, you will be learning valuable information about your audience.

Ready for Trade Show Season?

We’re rapidly coming up on one of the most exciting times of the year for business owners. No, I’m not talking about Black Friday or the Holiday sales rush. I’m talking about trade show season! There’s no better way for a business owner to interact directly with customers, trade notes with peers, and check out what the competition is up to than by visiting a trade show. It’s an advertising platform, a business seminar, and a social event all wrapped up into one.

Possibly the most important benefit of attending trade shows is the ability to interact directly with your customer base. It gives you a chance to understand how they view your products and educate them on what your business does. Even more importantly, it provides an invaluable opportunity to create a personal association with your brand.

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Men’s Lightweight Knit polo (Model#: TM16218)

The best way to make a solid brand impression is to send your team out on the floor looking sharp with your logo front and center. Draping your employees in our men’s or women’s custom polo shirts is the best way to make a positive first impression. They look great and, thanks to our custom embroidering, they’ll have your business name or logo on the breast. Think of how many eyes will be on your company over the course of a crowded trade show.

Let’s face facts, though. The real reason people attend trade shows is for the swag. Everyone loves free stuff, and having branded merchandise to give away is a brilliant way to generate positive buzz. The only downside to all the free stuff you get at trade shows is having to carry it around all day. That’s why our custom tote bags are perfect as giveaways. It’s an amazing free gift, emblazoned with your name or logo, that will allow visitors to your booth to easily haul around their swag. It will help them out and create some positive mental associations with your company.

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Pinnacle Corporate Pen (Model#: G-PinnCorporate)

Of course, the whole reason your company is at a trade show is to make deals. Why not offer your customers one of our deluxe custom pens? It’s a tasteful, affordable gift that your customers can use all year round. And obviously, they can use it to write down your contact information or sign all the deals your free gift is going to help you close.

All of that wheeling and dealing, though, can take its toll. When people are out there negotiating, it’s easy to suffer from dry, cracked lips. At your next trade show, pay your customers a little lip service with our branded, flavored, and personalized lip balm. It’ll help keep them protected on the trade show floor and leave a sweet taste in their mouths every time they think of your company.

This year, make sure that you’re ready for trade show season. With a little help from Rush Imprint’s custom branded merchandise, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is a traffic jam at your booth. Get your items today and prepare yourself to dominate trade show season!

Movember: How a Bit of Lip Hair Sparked A Global Movement


Every November, seemingly out of nowhere, a worldwide social movement literally grows from nothing right in front of our eyes. To the uninitiated, it might seem like a bizarre time warp or a supernatural event. Don’t worry, though. You didn’t wake up on the set of a 1970s cop show and you’re not living in the middle of a werewolf outbreak.


I’m speaking, of course, about Movember, the annual event in which men all over the world let their moustaches and beards grow freely in order to raise awareness about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. What started as a funny idea between a few friends in an Australian pub has become a global fundraising phenomenon that has literally changed the face of men’s health awareness. When you study how the movement grew, it’s easy to take away lessons that you can apply to your own marketing campaigns.

For one thing, the Movember campaign was masterfully targeted. They found a way to combine social activism and charitable giving in a funny, ironic way that made the movement a hit with Millennials. It was a quirky way to bring light to a serious issue and mobilize a particular demographic. Now, your target market may not be millennials, but the lesson still applies. When you’re building a marketing campaign, it’s vital that you understand the people you’re marketing to. If you understand what appeals to your customers and what motivates them, you’ve got a solid foundation for a successful marketing strategy.

Obviously, the name also had a lot to do with Movember’s runaway success. It’s clever, concise, and representative of what the movement is about. Not only that, it presents all of that information in a way that engages people and prompts further questions and discussions. The best marketing campaigns are run exactly the same way. You want to say as much as you can as efficiently as possible while creating discussion around your product or company. Carefully consider all of your marketing materials, from your logo to your website to your advertisements. Are you being as clear and concise as possible? Are you doing everything that you can to create genuine engagement around your campaign?

The main reason that Movember was such a hit, though, is the visibility. It might be easy to tune out tv commercials or advertisements, but it’s hard to ignore your friends and coworkers when they are sporting gloriously luxuriant moustaches. The people behind the Movember movement thought outside the box and found a way to get their message in front of, and even on, your face. That kind of creativity is a huge boon to companies in a crowded marketplace. You have to constantly innovate and find new and creative ways to promote your products and services.

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The Sir Ballpoint Sylus and Ceramic Mug (Model #s: 1067-60, 1624-57)

So the next time you walk past a guy who looks like Tom Selleck’s stunt double, think about the strategy behind the Movember movement. Then, think about ways that you can apply those same principles to your own marketing campaigns. In the world of promotional marketing, on-trend products like a moustache pen or moustache mug would align nicely with this theme. Knowing your market, clearly communicating your message, and finding new ways to get that message out can help push your business to the next level.

Update! Have you or your employees taken part in Movember? We’re roughly three weeks in, so it’s likely that many of you are working with a keen lip sweater by now. Which style most closely matches your setup?

Movember Moustache Styles

How a Little Attention to Detail Can Go a Long Way

How many steps does it take to get from your desk to the door of the office? When you leave your office every evening, exactly how many miles does it take you to drive home? These are simple questions about things that you do dozens of times a month, and chances are that you couldn’t even begin to answer them. While those may seem like trivial examples, the fact is that we are constantly doing things without even thinking about them. Paying a little more attention to yourself, your surroundings, and your activities can yield huge results both in life and in business.

Knowing how many steps it takes you to get from the door of your office to your desk may seem pointless, but think of it another way. What time do you wake up every morning to go to work? A number of factors go into that decision, and among them is how long it’s going to take you to get to your desk. If you knew every detail of your daily journey to work down to the second, you could maximize the amount of sleep you get every day. Over the course of years, it could do wonders for your overall health and happiness.

Knowing exactly how many miles you drive to and from work every day has a much more tangible benefit. Driving takes gas, and gas costs money. Knowing exactly how much gasoline you need for your commute allows you to properly budget and plan ahead for your other expenses. It may not save you thousands, but over months and years, that kind of precise budgeting will produce a significant amount of savings.

“Still”, you might be thinking, “these are hardly earth-shaking bits of information. It’s not like my life or my business really depend on counting steps or constantly checking my odometer.” Take a minute, then, to think about Terms of Service and Usage Agreements. How many times have you visited a website or installed a piece of software or signed up for a mailing list that required agreement with a terms of service? Every one of us routinely scrolls through the legal terms and the disclaimers until we can click the accept button and get on with what we were doing. Think about that for a second. Almost every single day, all of us are signing a never-ending stream of binding legal agreements with absolutely no idea what they contain. Ignoring the stipulations of these Terms of Service agreements could lead to substantial civil and even criminal penalties, but we all continue to scroll through until we can agree.

There’s a reason that Terms of Service agreements are so lengthy and written in such dense language. Legal teams expect you to get lost in the maze and just start skimming, or even to skip reading the entire agreement. This allows them to sneak in statutes and clauses which, under normal circumstances, you would never agree to.

Your business is your livelihood, and no doubt you carefully read every important contract that comes across your desk. Something as simple as breaking a Terms of Service agreement from a company computer, though, could have a devastating financial impact on your business.

Even the smallest things can have enormous consequences, and that’s why it’s important to stress the details and always be mindful of your surroundings, your situation, and your goals. So next time you walk into the office, count the steps to your desk. You might be surprised what you learn from it.

How Employee Appreciation Boosts Both Morale and Business

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Here’s a question for you: when it comes to expressing appreciation to the folks who spend somewhere between, say, 50% to 75% of their waking hours helping you build your business (i.e., your employees), what kind of employer, manager, or supervisor are you?

As you undoubtedly know, there is no shortage in the number of articles you can read to learn about the costs associated with unhappy employees. But, let’s be honest, you don’t need to have a bunch of statistics shoved down your throat to realize that, when it comes to understanding that your employees are the backbone of your business, you either get it or you don’t. There is no middle ground, either; your employees know exactly which side of the fence you’re on, and they spend the majority of their on-the-clock time performing accordingly.

You see, we humans are actually pretty simple creatures when it comes to work. In a nutshell, we want to:

    • be compensated fairly for the time we spend away from our families, friends, and the other aspects of our lives that give us pleasure outside of work.
    • feel like our efforts are truly valued and that we are contributing to something that matters.
    • have a little fun along the way.
  • It’s not rocket science, people. If you employ anyone, a significant part of your job should – no, must – revolve around making sure those in your employ understand how much you appreciate what they do for you. And, although you should be taking action on that front all year long, there is no better time to do so than on special days or during the holidays.

    It’s Valentine’s Day? Why not surprise your employees with some unexpected (workplace-appropriate, of course) affection in the form of a small token of your appreciation? For example, give folks the option to knock off a few hours early to go get ready for a special evening with a loved one. Who wouldn’t dig something like that? Nobody, that’s who.

    Say it’s the end of the year holiday season. Perhaps a little extra appreciation is in order to celebrate a successful year, so you decide to really splurge on the holiday party. Or, maybe you go a different route by telling your employees how much you plan to spend on the party, and you let them decide what to do with the money. Still want to have a party? Great! Want awesome new office chairs instead? Done! Want to make charitable contributions to deserving organizations? Fantastic!

    Simple things like time off, free food, public recognition, and cold hard cash can obviously go a long way when it comes to showing your employees how much you value their efforts. One more approach you should certainly consider, though, is adding a personalized touch.

    Think about it; most employers refer to their employees as members of their families. Well, if you truly view them that way, then you must know at least a bit about what makes them tick on a personal level, right? For example, you know that Mary in Finance is an avid golfer because you vividly remember the time she beat the pants off of you at a company outing. So, why not show Mary how much you appreciate her being a part of your family by giving her a super rad golf umbrella that has been custom printed with the picture they snapped of you openly weeping into your beer after that outing? Okay, that might be a bit much, but you get the point. You will also get Mary’s attention with such a personalized show of your appreciation, and she’ll thank you for it by continuing to do amazing work.