How to Write a Shout Out

Everyone wants to know they’re appreciated. Everyone wants to hear that they’re doing a great job. And everyone wants to be remembered. The art of expressing gratitude is critical for a healthy workplace—and relationships in general. Today we’re covering how to write a really great shout out that will make your colleagues feel like a million bucks. 

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The Future of Hybrid Work: Everything You Need To Know

 In a current Gallup poll, 90% of remote-capable employees prefer some degree of hybrid work flexibility going forward, and 60% specifically prefer hybrid work. It’s here, and it’s the future

We’re hearing constant news of corporations adjusting their return-to-office (RTO) plans and remote work policies, with some extreme responses from employees. Tesla announced in-office work will be mandatory, Facebook and Twitter announced permanent remote work policies, and others like Uber are trying to find a happy medium. Employees are voting with their feet, as they leave or voice their intent to leave workplaces that don’t offer flexible working arrangements. 

According to the Gallup Future of Hybrid Work survey, failing to offer flexible work arrangements is a significant risk to an organization's hiring, employee engagement, performance, well-being and retention strategies.

We’re taking a deep dive into hybrid work: what it is, what it looks like now, what employees are saying about it, pros, cons, and how to make hybrid arrangements work for YOU. 

In this article:

What is Hybrid Working?

Hybrid Work Statistics

Why Companies Choose Hybrid Work

Challenges of Hybrid Work

Ways to Take Advantage of Hybrid Work

Choosing a Hybrid Work Schedule

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Remind Yourself to Create Group Ecards

You never have to forget a major event ever again. For real.

We've all been there. That realization that it's your mom's birthday or Bosses Day or your coworker's work anniversary—and you've totally forgotten. Sure, an online group card can be a rapid solution, but we take it even one step farther because we'll help you make sure you never forget that day ever again.

Set Reminders with Kudoboard

Kudoboard now allows you to set up a calendar of reminders within your Kudoboard profile. Plug in the date of a special occasion and we'll email you a "Create Your Kudoboard" link 7 days in advance. You'll impress everyone with your thoughtfulness and be totally on top of every special occasion in your life.

Simply log in to your Kudoboard account, click the calendar icon, and add in any special dates you need to remember (birthdays, work anniversaries, holidays, etc.). It will take you 3 minutes and save you HOURS of headache in the next year.

Get started with your reminders here.

Thanks, and keep delivering happiness,
The Kudoboard Team

7 Tips for Creating Great Group Cards

For some people, the elimination of the birthday party was a welcome respite. Introverts around the world were secretly relieved to avoid the forced small talk and singing around a person blowing on a slab of cake you’re all going to share. 

Thanks to the pandemic and many businesses shifting to more remote-friendly schedules now that restrictions are relaxing—you might never have to attend an office birthday party ever again. In related good news, we’ve learned how to make a birthday celebration more meaningful, even if you’re not in the same place. 

No more passing around a cheesy dollar store card to scribble a quick and partially sincere message and signature. Modern eCards are the way to celebrate birthdays, and we’ll show you how to do group cards right. 

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Do You Need an Employee Retention Bonus?

It’s a word that will make you perk up during even the dullest of meetings: bonus. An employee bonus is an extra reward or compensation usually tied to performance or special circumstances. Employees may receive bonuses for a job well done, for a holiday, or during their yearly review. The type of bonus we’re hearing about with increasing frequency in this economy is a retention bonus. So what is a retention bonus and how does it work?

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What is Employee Retention?

Retention is a company’s ability to keep employees and lessen turnover within the business. Long-term, happy, and hardworking employees make for a desirable workplace. Maintaining your good employees will benefit your bottom line and have a positive effect on the work environment as a whole. Replacing employees is costly and can be detrimental to a team’s morale, so employee retention is a high priority among managers and HR departments. To retain a high-performing employee in a competitive workplace, or to reward loyal employees before they start looking elsewhere, you might consider offering a retention bonus. 

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50th Birthday Gift Ideas

When I was growing up, it was a ~thing for adults to hate their birthdays. They’d make a big deal about NOT wanting to celebrate their birthdays (honestly, a bigger deal than just celebrating would be). Women, in particular, would play this game of pretending they were turning 30 over and over again. 

In the fateful words of renowned artist, SmashMouth, “The years start comin’ and they don’t stop comin’.” I understand that birthdays can feel like a thing that happens to you, and the culture of beauty and health standards isn’t always kind to the aging process. But it always made me mad. 

Birthdays are so much fun! We are living longer (and better) than our ancestors, and each year provides triumphant growth. Why can’t we honor and celebrate birthdays the way they were intended? ESPECIALLY when it’s a milestone birthday like 50. That’s one we can’t just forget (looking at you, mom). 

A fun and personalized 50th Birthday Kudoboard in action 🎉

We are here to help you celebrate a 50th birthday with meaningful birthday gift ideas for the special people in your life. No matter how much they want to ignore it, we are gonna celebrate and love them whether they like it or not!

Why is a Kudoboard the perfect way to mark a milestone birthday? 🎂

It’s a thoughtful and heartfelt gift to show a loved one how much they’re cared about and appreciated! Check out our group birthday cards here

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Fathers Day Gift Guide

Once a year we get to celebrate the fathers in our lives. New dads, grandfathers, and every dad cracking dad jokes in between—we’ll be giving extra love to all of them on Sunday, June 19th this year. 

If your dad is anything like mine, he never asks for anything and if he wants something, well, he just buys it for himself. It makes Father’s Day particularly challenging, but finding a unique and thoughtful gift for your dad doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve got a well-balanced Father’s Day Gift Guide that’s sure to help you discover the gift that will drop your dad’s jaw. Earn your sibling’s gratitude by letting them in on the gift, or win the competition by showing up with the world’s best Fathers Day gifts ever. The power is in your hands (or your mouse and cursor). 

Let’s get started! Here are the gift ideas that will get you thinking out of the box. 

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How to Offer Condolences for Someone You Don’t Know Well

Writing a message of meaningful condolence is difficult, even when you know the grieving party or were close with the deceased. But when you are removed from the deceased by distance or circumstance, it can feel even more awkward to find the right words to say in this sensitive situation. However, it’s important to show up for others in times of need, so a message of sympathy in a condolence card is still recommended. What can you say? How can you offer meaningful condolences for someone you don't know well?

We know those feelings of awkward emotion or fear of overstepping, and likewise how insufficient a short “sorry for your loss” sympathy note can feel. So today we’re giving you some scripts and ideas for offering condolences even when you don’t know the deceased or the grieving very well. 

Why is a Kudoboard the best way to offer condolences? ❤️

It’s a thoughtful and efficient way to show you care—to anyone, anywhere. Learn more about our online sympathy cards here.

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Saving the Turtles with Kudoboard

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in North Carolina exists to protect and support the natural life of sea turtles on the east coast. When sea turtles are injured by boats, debris, disease, or anything else, they can be lovingly rehabilitated by the talented teams at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue.

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Tips For Celebrating Your Golden Birthday In Style

The Golden Birthday is a fun celebration for a birthday that corresponds with the date of a birthday to the age a person is turning. For example, if your birthday is March 10th, your golden birthday is at 10 years old. A birthday on the 25th? Your golden birthday would be when you turn 25. Today we’ll chat a bit about where the tradition of golden birthdays comes from, some ideas for a fun and thematic golden-themed celebration, as well as some gift ideas for milestone birthdays. Ready? Set? Celebrate! 

Why is a Kudoboard the best way to say happy birthday? 🎂

It’s a thoughtful and heartfelt way to show a loved one how much they’re cared about and appreciated! Learn more about virtual group birthday cards here.

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