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Our seasoned wordsmith. Andy's marketing, customer and employee engagement pedigree runs to eons across many sectors. He's always looking to delight customers and evangelise all things Thankbox. A long-time lover of the environment - when not on his Thankbox mission he can be seen around the Scottish Highlands with cameras and dog. When out of the rain he delights in the magical wonder of malt whisky.

50 Engaging Icebreaker Questions for Effective Work Connections

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 08 August 2023
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Awkward silences in a team meeting? Icebreaker questions are conversational superheroes. The right icebreaker transforms a room full of statues into a vibrant, talkative team. Here are 50 icebreaker questions that not only break the ice but also raise the occasional smile. 

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20 Thoughtful Retirement Gift Ideas

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 02 August 2023
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Are you looking for the perfect retirement gift that will express your appreciation and celebrate the accomplishments of someone entering this exciting new chapter of life? In this Thankbox guide, see a variety of thoughtful retirement gift ideas.

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18 Employee Retention Strategies that Boost Staff Happiness

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 27 July 2023
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In 2022, roughly 50.5 million people quit their jobs in what employers have labelled The Great Resignation. This mass exodus has made one thing crystal clear—companies need to focus on retention. In this Thankbox guide we share some of our favourite things to boost staff happiness and retention.

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Peer-to-peer Recognition: 16 Ways to Shout Out Your Coworkers

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 14 July 2023
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Ever had a truly ace coworker? Did you show your appreciation? High-fives & “thank you” emails are OK, but there's a better way to spread gratitude in the organisation. Peer-to-peer recognition is a must for modern workplaces - embed it it & see performance fly. Here are some ideas to get going.

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20 Employee Recognition Ideas to Reward Staff

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 04 July 2023
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Picture this – your team is buzzing with energy, their enthusiasm is through the roof, and every member feels genuinely valued. If you've ever wondered how to celebrate your team we've compiled an exciting list of 20 employee recognition ideas that will turn your appreciation into meaningful action.

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Developing Your Company Values: Tips & Examples

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 26 June 2023
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Unlock the hidden essence that takes businesses from good to great. In this guide, we're talking about company values—the secret formula that makes or breaks an organisation. We've packed in 20 tips for developing meaningful company values, alongside practical examples from companies that excel.

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How to Motivate a Team: 20 Tips to Get Your Staff Fired Up

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 13 June 2023
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Motivation. The elusive spark that transforms a group of groggy, tea-chugging individuals into a dynamic, goal-smashing team. Motivating a team is a lot like herding cats – it’s tricky and unpredictable. But, done right, it’s like watching a beautifully choreographed ballet of productivity

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Stand Out from the Crowd: 15 Unique and Quirky Cards for Any Occasion

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 29 May 2023
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In today’s hectic world, staying connected with friends and family is more important than ever! When distance separates us small gestures go a long way in making an impact. Enter the world of unique and quirky cards! See 15 whimsical and unconventional cards that’ll add some oomph to any occasion.

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Inspiring Excellence: Motivational and Inspiring Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 18 May 2023
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Occasionally, we all hit a bump in the road that demands a little extra inspiration and appreciation to overcome. Thankfully, a well-chosen present can remind your friends of their potential to achieve greatness. Check out our ideas now.

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Creating the Perfect 2023 New Employee Welcome Pack: 15 Must-Have Items

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 12 April 2023
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You’ve just hired a new employee! Now it’s time to show them the warmest of welcomes and make them feel like a part of the family! A welcome pack is a must to set the stage for a strong working relationship - see 15 must-have items to make a long-lasting impression. 

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