Creative Ways to Thank Your Employees

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Greta Cline, CFO
Greta Cline
Partner, CFO/COO
November 10, 2022

As we move into the season of Thanksgiving, you may be wondering how you can thank your employees and coworkers. You’re on the right track. A recent study by WorkHuman found that employees who were thanked in the past month were half as likely to be looking for a new job. These same employees were twice as likely to report being highly engaged in their workplace, the survey said. Intentional appreciation can build a sense of camaraderie and loyalty, which can translate into employee retention and growth.

Well-intentioned gestures may fall flat, though. A non-drinker doesn’t necessarily want a bottle of wine. Pizza parties only go so far with employees who feel overlooked. How can you give your employees and colleagues meaningful tokens of gratitude without breaking your budget? We’ve compiled a list of ideas below to help you determine how to thank your employees during the season and throughout the year.

Go old school with thank you notes.

Miss Manners knew what she was talking about when she advocated written thank you notes. Keep a pile of cards – or even colorful sticky notes – in your desk so you can write down your words of appreciation. Studies show that gratitude can be a powerful motivator for success. You may find that note sitting on the recipient’s desk months from now, because it made a difference.

Create a props system.

Make gratitude a team project. Designate a day for showing appreciation to employees and colleagues. Set up a bulletin board or an online page that allows people to call out someone’s efforts or extra work.

Stock the kitchen.

Most offices keep a few types of coffee, creamer and snacks on hand. Thank your employees by showing them they deserve the good stuff. Think decadent chocolate, fresh-cut fruit, fresh bakery cookies and fun juices and sodas. Make sure to add a note telling employees how much their work makes a difference.

Find out what they want.

You may be thrilled if your boss gave you tickets to a Pacers or Indians game. Your coworker, however, doesn’t know the difference between a double dribble and a doubleheader. A little detective work ensures the the gift will be welcomed.

Wish them well.

Does your company have a wellness program? You don’t necessarily need to gift pricey gym memberships. Set aside an afternoon for an optional yoga session to help employees take a breather and get a handle on their stress levels.

Tell them to go home.

Who doesn’t appreciate a little extra time to themselves, especially during the busy holiday season? You don’t have to sacrifice days of productivity – encouraging employees to knock off early next Friday may allow them to plan a weekend adventure or grab a manicure on the way home.

Avoid token gifts.

You don’t have to break the budget with thank you gifts, but you also don’t want to tell your employees that they’re only worth a mass-produced trinket. If the company’s bottom line doesn’t have much room for gift giving, fall back on the personal notes or public recognition. Bring in a batch of holiday cookies and place them by the water cooler. Use social media feeds to brag on your work team. Host a “happy hour” that encourages coworkers to relax and mingle.

A happy workplace starts with the right employees. That’s Good HR is your Indianapolis area staffing expert. Let us do the background work for you and identify the best candidates for your open positions. Our recruiting staff will sift through the resumes and find people whose experience and skills match your company’s unique needs. If you are ready to take your staffing strategy to the next level, contact us now at


Recipe Roundup: Favorite Fall Bites

Tiffany Moore headshot.
Tiffany Moore
VP, Client Partnerships
October 15, 2020

quiche recipeThis cooler weather has been giving us all the fall ‘feels’. What better way to settle into fall than with some cozy recipes? Casseroles and comfort foods have been on all of our minds. Check out some of our staff favorites below by using the links to jump to each recipe.

Gluten-free Chicken Noodle Casserole

(Submitted by Madison S.)


  • 2 cups gluten-free noodles, cooked & drained
  • 2 tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbs. chicken bouillon powder (make sure it’s gluten-free)-optional
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • 4 tbs. rice flour, corn starch, or tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. Thyme
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (you can also use rotisserie chicken or canned chicken)


  1. Cook and drain noodles
  2. In a saucepan, cook the chicken broth, cream, chicken bouillon (optional), spices, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, rice flour (or corn starch or tapioca starch) until smooth and it stars to thicken slightly
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Combine the cooked noodles, sauce, cooked chicken and 1 cup of cheese together and spoon into a greased casserole dish
  5. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and everything is warmed through

Mexican Street Corn Chicken 

(Submitted by Tiffany M.)


  • 3 cups sweet corn
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • Mix together set aside


  1. Lay thinly sliced chicken breast in a large casserole dish and season w/ ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon garlic powder.
  2. Add cayenne pepper for a kick, if desired.
  3. Top with the corn mixture and then bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes.
  4. Once done top with queso fresco and cilantro.

Farmers Market Pasta Salad

(Submitted by Greta C., originally posted on MyRecipes)


  • 2 cups halved baby heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 small zucchini, thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cup diced firm, ripe fresh peaches (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • Parmesan Vinaigrette
  • 1 (8-oz.) package penne pasta*
  • 2 cups shredded smoked chicken (about 10 oz.)
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh cilantro


  1. Toss together the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, and let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions.
  3. Add hot cooked pasta and chicken to tomato mixture; toss gently to coat.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter, and top with basil and cilantro.

French Baked Eggs

(Submitted by Lyndsey C.)


  • 12 Eggs
  • 12 x 2 tsp Heavy Cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (garnish)


  1. Spray a muffin tin and crack one egg into each muffin hole.
  2. Add 2 tsp of heavy cream to each muffin hole.
  3. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese to taste.
  4. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes or 9-10 minutes for a runnier yolk.

Mushroom & Swiss Quiche

(Submitted by Kate S., originally published on The Sarcastic Blonde)


  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • ½ cup finely diced onions
  • 12 ounces baby Bella mushrooms, trimmed and sliced*
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 ounces Swiss cheese, grated
  • 1 pie crust


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute until they have given up their liquid and it has mostly evaporated, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the spinach and saute until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the spinach/mushroom mixture and the Swiss cheese. Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie shell.
  4. Bake until the quick is lightly golden and set in the center when the pan is gently pushed, about 45 minutes. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover it with foil to prevent it from burning.
  5. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 6 or 8 slices and serve warm or at room temperature.
  6. The quiche is best served the day it is made. Tightly wrap leftovers with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Pumpkin Bread Bars

(Submitted by Lindsey C.)


  • 1.5 C White sugar
  • 1/2 C Brown sugar
  • 2 C Flour
  • 1 C Sour cream
  • 1/2 C Softened butter (mix)
  • 1 C butter (topping)
  • 1 1/2 C Pumpkin puree
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla (mix)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla (topping)
  • 6 Tbsp Milk
  • 5-6 C Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice (or Cinnamon)


  1. Combine white and brown sugar, sour cream, and softened butter until blended.
  2. Then stir in pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla until well combined
  3. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Pour into a greased jellyroll pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 29 minutes.
  6. While cake cools, brown 2 sticks of butter in a skillet. When browned, add milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix until creamy.
  7. Spread onto the cake while still warm and then let cool.

And that’s a wrap! Want to find more recipes like these? Tiffany Moore, our VP of Client Partnerships, shared a great tip with us this week on how she finds the best recipes – she uses TikTok! We think using TikTok for cooking recipes is so clever because it allows you to follow along and see what the recipe looks like at each stage of cooking to make sure you don’t miss a step.


Can Being Grateful Make You Healthier?

Tiffany Moore headshot.
Tiffany Moore
VP, Client Partnerships
April 21, 2020

It has been said that being grateful can make you happier.  According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, giving thanks, or being grateful, does, in fact, make you happier. The article claims the reason for this is being grateful helps a person connect to something greater than themselves, which, in turn, provides a sense of comfort that goodness can be found out in the world.  Being grateful is often associated with being happier, but can being grateful make you healthier?

Consider this – people who are healthier, often get more sleep and being grateful can help you sleep longer. While you sleep, your blood pressure goes down, which helps to give your heart a rest after a long day. Having high blood pressure can lead to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, so reducing your blood pressure daily has concrete health benefits.  A recent study found that people who kept a gratitude journal slept for an average of a half an hour more each night and woke up feeling more refreshed than the group who didn’t keep a gratitude journal. Thirty minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but 30 minutes a night for a month would result in an extra 15 hours of sleep a month!

Being grateful can also lead to fewer aches and pains. Grateful people also are more likely to exercise, which improves your life expectancy according to Psychology Today. The Mayo Clinic claims that having a daily practice of gratitude can boost your immune system, which is much needed during the winter cold and flu season.

How can you adopt an attitude of gratitude and become healthier at the same time?  Here’s some simple ways to start:

  • Start a gratitude journal and write down your thoughts daily.
  • Put items you are thankful for in a jar.
  • Write a thank you note to someone.
  • Meditate on gratitude.
  • Check out these other options.

Important Health Information Regarding COVID-19

Greta Cline, CFO
Greta Cline
Partner, CFO/COO
March 20, 2020

While many questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) remain unanswered at this time, our temporary employees’ safety and well-being is paramount to us, as is the safety and well-being of our client’s employees. Therefore, we have advised our temporary employees about how to take care of themselves, protect others, and monitor the latest developments.

Based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), That’s Good HR recommends that employees:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Do not wear a face mask unless you show symptoms of respiratory illness, including COVID-19
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

Stay in touch! That’s Good HR is requiring all temporary employees to self-report potential or known exposure. We are in communication with all of our client sites to implement each location’s protocol and will continue to update you as each situation evolves. Employees who have questions or concerns regarding this information, That’s Good HR’s leave policies, or any other issue, should speak with their recruiter.

To learn more about coronavirus and keep up with the latest developments, see the About Coronavirus Disease 2019 and CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers webpages. For information about handwashing, visit CDC’s Handwashing website.

We trust that our clients are advising their employees similarly and that they will apply the same safety policies and procedures to That’s Good HR temporary employees that they apply to their own employees.

Please know that we stand ready to assist you in navigating this public health challenge and furthering the well-being of all employees. Should you wish to learn more about our policies or have any questions, please let us know.


Holiday Gift Etiquette at Work

Greta Cline, CFO
Greta Cline
Partner, CFO/COO
December 16, 2019

It’s that time of year. The holidays are upon us, and navigating the season of gift giving at work can be tricky. Should you give your boss a gift? What about coworkers? From group gifts to skipping out on Secret Santa, we’ve got the answers to some of your most frequent dilemmas.

Am I supposed to get my boss a gift?

Gifts in a workplace should usually flow from the top down. In fact, many companies don’t allow gifts for supervisors because this could be seen as trying to buy favor. However, it’s important to take your company culture and individual relationships into consideration. Don’t feel like you can’t purchase a gift for your boss, but if you do, it’s probably best to keep it small and simple.

What about giving gifts to co-workers?

Gift-giving is a personal gesture, and chances are good that you don’t know everyone at your workplace. If you’d like to buy gifts for the people you work with, consider purchasing for those that you interact with regularly or feel close to personally. Use discretion when handing them out. While it’s fine not to get something for everyone, you don’t want to disrupt any team dynamics. If you happen to receive a gift from someone that you don’t have a gift for in return, a sincere thank you note is an appropriate response.

What if I’m being asked to chip in money for a group gift?

If you would like to be involved, feel free! But don’t feel obligated to spend money on something you do not want to participate in or can’t afford. It’s perfectly acceptable to decline the invitation by saying something like “I’m sorry, I can’t participate this year.”

Should I participate in Secret Santa-type exchanges?

Know your environment. In some offices, Secret Santa and other gift exchanges are just for fun, while in others you’ll be the odd one out if you don’t participate. In these situations, it’s great to pick out a simple, gender-neutral gift such as a sweet treat, gift card, or an interesting office supply. Usually these types of exchanges have a budget of $10 to $15. Make sure you stick to the budget and have some fun with it.

What’s a thoughtful gift for a colleague?

Show your coworkers you care by picking out something that they would truly use or appreciate. Take into consideration things you’ve heard them talk about or seen them deal with everyday. Is one of your coworkers always cold? Buy her a scarf or shawl. For the coworker who always forgets his lunch, consider a gift card to a local restaurant or Door Dash. A Starbucks gift card is a one-size-fits all gift and you can even email it to co-workers.

beef jerky bouquet
The Manly Man Bouquet

Looking for a unique and tasty gift idea? The Manly Man’s beef jerky bouquets are a meaty treat that men (and women) can enjoy! Making a small donation to a colleague’s favorite cause is another neat way to show you care. Keep in mind that some types of gifts are too personal. Items like jewelry, perfume, or lotion may cause your colleagues to second-guess your intentions.

Happy holiday gift giving!


How to Not Fear the Cheer this Holiday Season

Staci Upmeyer
December 16, 2019

As the last month of the calendar year, December brings on stress and deadlines that are not present the other 11 months.  Then, add extra vacation by most co-workers (and possibly for yourself) and the upcoming holidays – BOOM! It’s the perfect stress storm. How can you stay sane this holiday season?

  1. Make time for exercise! Although it seems that there are not enough hours in the day, using some of your precious minutes for exercise can help you be more productive during the work day. Even if it is a quick stretch at your desk – it can make a difference!
  2. Practice gratitude! People’s fuses are going to be short this month. When you feel like lashing out, take a moment and think about why you are grateful for that person. Maybe they helped you meet a deadline earlier this year or brought in a yummy office treat. Reframing your attitude at a moment’s notice will keep you calm throughout the season.
  3. Keep Hydrated! With all the holiday treats and processed food abounding, it’s important to drink water. Water can help to wake you up in the morning and keep you going all day long. Trust us, you’ll feel better headed into the new year.
  4. Prioritize! Whether it’s a work or personal deadline, make a list each day of what you need to get done. Look at your list and tackle the most pressing items first. Save items that you do not complete, and as year-end approaches assess what is feasible for you to complete.

If you find that you need an extra pair of hands this season, give us a call.  We’ll send a temporary employee right over to alleviate your stress and help you meet year-end deadlines. In addition, if you need some extra cash this holiday season, check our job board for short term assignments or refer a friend to a job and you could pocket $100!


Fun and Festive Drinks from TGHR

Meaghan Smith
December 10, 2019

We conduct very important research in our office. Of course, we track our staffing stats weekly, but in preparation for New Year’s Eve we have been trying a new drink recipe during Happy Hour. Here’s our favorites ready for you to mix up and enjoy this holiday season.

Week 1: Root Beer Float
To make this take on a soda fountain classic, mix three parts root beer with one-part RumChata. Frosted mugs are optional!

Week 2: Cinnamon Roll
We liked the RumChata so much, we brought it back in week 2. This time, we mixed one-part RumChata with three parts cream soda.

Week 3: Red Wine Floats
To change it up a bit, we switched to wine. For these delectable drinks, you need one pint Magnum Dark Chocolate Raspberry ice cream, 1/2 bottle of red wine, seltzer for serving and to make them extra fancy – chocolate sauce, for lining glasses. Start by rimming the insides of four glasses with chocolate sauce, then scoop in ice cream and pour in the red wine. Top off with seltzer before serving.

Week 4: Apple Cider Sangria
First step for this drink is grab a large glass pitcher. Then gather a Granny Smith apple (sliced), a Red Delicious apple (sliced), Golden Delicious apple (sliced), lemon (sliced) and an orange (sliced). Add that fruit to the pitcher and pour in two cups of apple cider, two bottles of ginger beer and a bottle of white wine. Stir and enjoy! Feel free to add some bite size pieces of all fruit in the bottom of each glass to really impress your guests.

Week 5: TGHR Holiday Spritzer
Break out the bubbly for the finale. Pour ¾ of a glass of champagne, then add equal parts pomegranate and cranberry juice. We like to make it extra fancy with fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds in bottom of glass (added to the glass before champagne).

Cheers to the new year!


Perfect Time for Podcasts

Lindsey Curtis
September 10, 2019

Looking to change up your routine as you drive to work?  Need something else to listen to as you run on the treadmill?  We’ve got the perfect suggestion – podcasts!

Stop what you are doing right now and browse to the purple podcast button on your phone.  Don’t have one?  Head over to the App Store or Google Play Store and download Stitcher, which will get you started.  Once there, browse for these TGHR recommendations.

Anytime is a good time for self-improvement.  Have you been meaning to revise your resume (hint – use our resume template)? Looking for interview tips?  Career Cloud Radio is the podcast for you.  Even in its description, it states, “there’s no better show to hear practical and tactical job search advice that is actionable.”  It promises that you will learn something new in every episode.

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit?  Then search for Gimlet Media and you will have your pick of podcasts that touch on how businesses are built.  Our recommendation?  Start with StartUp, which has eight seasons of episodes, will occupy you for quite some time.  The first season follows Alex Blumberg and how he started a podcast company.  It’s so entertaining that ABC had a sitcom  about Alex and how he started his business.  So, hurry up and get on the bandwagon now!

Also from Gimlet Media is The Pitch, which if you like Shark Tank, you’ll like the The Pitch.  Each episode founders pitch their businesses to a group of investors.  The types of businesses are varied and you will pick up personal branding tips along the way.  Each episode does include a follow-up interview with the founders, so if you like to know “where are they now” this podcast won’t leave you hanging.

Glassdoor has a great round-up of other career-related podcasts to check out to add to your list.

Not business related, but if you can’t get enough of Dateline and true crime stories, try the podcast Dirty John from the LA Times.  It’s told in six episodes and you’ll be on the edge of your seat by the last one.  It chronicles the life and family of Debra Newell, a successful interior designer from California and her relationship with John Meehan, a felon.  It’s narrated by Christopher Goffard, who is a reporter for the LA Times. Another crime-related podcast you might want to add to your list is Crime Junkies.  And it’s produced right here in Indianapolis!

Are you already listening to podcasts on a regular basis?  If so, please share with us on social media your favorites – we’d love to hear them!



Simple Summer Sides

June 26, 2019

Summer is the perfect time for cookouts with friends and family. We love a good BBQ at That’s Good HR.  Burgers, hot dogs or chicken on the grill just smells like summer! Here are two simple sides that will keep you smiling all summer.

Kirstia’s Famous Corn Dip

This “dip” is best served with Fritos Scoops, but tortillas chips work too. Carrots are a great option for the health-conscious, but despite their crunch they don’t measure up to the chip options.


4 cans Fiesta Corn (drained) – must be Fiesta Corn, no substitutions

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayo

2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons canned jalapenos (or more if you desire more heat)

Mix all the Fiesta Corn, sour cream and mayo together until well blended.  Add jalapenos with a little juice and continue to mix.  Next, add the cheese and mix more.  Once all ingredients are together, if the dip looks too wet, add a bit more cheese.  If it appears too dry, add equal parts mayo and sour cream. Trust us – it is delicious.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

What says summer more than lemonade? This recipe can be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled to your desired serving size.


1 cup lemon juice (squeezing 4-6 makes about 1 cup)

1 cup sugar

6 cups water

To make 1 cup of lemon juice, you will need 4-6 lemons.  If you want to make more lemonade, just double the recipe – 8-12 lemons, 2 cups sugar and 12 cups water.  We promise it will taste like you’re strolling the midway at the State Fair.

Share with us what your favorite summer side dish is.  Bonus points for including a recipe!


Summer Reading Professional Development Books

Susie McKenna
June 10, 2019

While you are laying by the pool or relaxing on the beach, let summer do some work for you! We’ve got links to summer reading lists (see below!), but here’s a short round-up highlighting some of the latest (and soon-to-be greatest) professional development books that are hot off the presses just in time for summer.

Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates, who is more than just the wife of Microsoft guru Bill Gates, shares stories of the women who have inspired her through the years in this book published in April 2019. The stories begin with her own mother and fan out to include the extraordinary women she has connected with through both her professional and philanthropic work all over the globe. The conversational tone of this book will keep you turning the pages faster than you can sip on your summertime beverage.

It’s the Manager by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter

Just published in May 2019, this book reveals 52 key findings from Gallup’s largest study on the future of work. The study found that the quality of managers and team leads are the single biggest factor in a company’s long-term success. Both authors have previously penned best-selling books, and this is sure to join that list shortly. A bonus in this book is it also comes with a code to access the CliftonStrengths assessment, which reveals your top five strengths.  If you haven’t taken the assessment yet – it is definitely worth doing so this summer!

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It by M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Dowling Grealish

Performance reviews are often dreaded events, but this book helps flip the script and explains how to turn that fear into an opportunity to flourish.  You will learn the three F’s of feedback (focused, fair, and frequent) as well as find exercises to practice what the book preaches.  The real-world examples help to underscore how to turn receiving feedback into a positive experience. This book is the perfect pick for your Fourth of July vacation since it doesn’t debut until June 18, 2019.

WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wambach

As the Women’s FIFA World Cup kicks off in France this month, it’s the perfect time to read this book written by one of the stars of soccer. Based on her 2018 Barnard College commencement speech, which went viral, this short read (less than 100 pages) serves as a rallying cry for women to unite with their “wolfpack”. You will be fired up and ready to take on tasks of Olympic proportion after finishing the book.

Want more summer reading suggestions? Bill Gates recently released his 2019 summer reading list or you can check out our past suggestions. Let us know what books tops your list this summer – we’d love to hear from you!