An Office Thanksgiving: 7 Ways to Show Employees You are Thankful for Their Work

img_4130The start of the holiday season is upon us. In just about a week we will gather with family and friends and gobble down as much turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing as our belly will allow. We will enjoy each other’s company and be thankful for many things. We know how to celebrate with our family but what about our work family? What are we thankful for in the office? How can we show our employees we are thankful for them?

You and your staff have worked hard during this year and are starting to look forward to the holiday break. Before cooking the turkey and hitting the Black Friday sales, take inventory of what your office should be thankful for this time of the year. Ask for input from employees. Make it an office community activity. Most importantly, don’t forget to thank your employees! While free turkeys are great, here are some other ways to show your fellow workers you are grateful for them and all they do.

Tell Them! It sounds so simple and it is, but everyone likes to know they are appreciated! You can write a card, send out and email, or give them a pat on the back. Just say Thank You!

Give a Small Gift: Again, this can be super simple, maybe it’s a gift card for gas or coffee, or a catered lunch or surprise dessert bar.

Celebrate Accomplishments and Milestones: Have employees who have been furthering their education and earned new degrees or certifications? What about those in the office who have gotten engaged/married or had a child? Take time to congratulate them; be thankful for their accomplishments and new beginnings.

Have an Office Thanksgiving! This is the time of year we loosen our belt buckles and share meals together. Take time to relax; celebrate as a work family for all the things you are grateful for as an organization.

Give Them Time Off: It’s a busy time of year. If possible, be flexible with employee schedules and let them take the time they need with their families. Take it from a former retail worker, breaks during the holiday are needed and greatly appreciated.

Donate on Their Behalf: Many employees burn the candle at both ends, working to support their family during the day, then working to help others in their free time. Show you are grateful for their hard work and sacrifice by donating to their cause.

Relax the Dress Code: Within reason, say thanks for your great work by letting employees let their hair down and relax while continuing to be productive.

What are you and your organization thankful for this year? How do you show employees they are appreciated and you are grateful for their hard work? Let us know what we’ve missed.

Most importantly have a great Thanksgiving and eat as much turkey and pie as you can!

3 Ways to Create a Culture of Empowerment

EMPOWER; (verb) to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means.

This dictionary definition of empower probably makes you say… “I would love to be empowered at work, give me the power!” What would you change? Who would you hire? business-1564366_960_720Which problems would you solve first?

How can we take the definition of empower and use it to change the culture of the office? Let’s take a look at the business definition of empowerment.

EMPOWERMENT; (business definition) A management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance.

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”- Theodore Roosevelt

Now all of that is easier said than done. Let’s take a look at three ways a company can build a culture of empowerment.


Find your passion
If employees can identify with a company’s passion or purpose, they can find passion in their work. Passionate and purposeful employees can help take an organization from “old school” to innovative due to extensive engagement in the business.

Invest in your employees 
Investing in your employees is as easy as giving them the proper tools, knowledge and training to do their job well. This will help everyone avoid the frustrations of not knowing the answer a customer’s question or concern. Proper training also leads to great innovation and process improvement through higher levels of thinking

Create a process for change
Empowering employees leads to changes in workplace culture. Why make these changes difficult? Clearly define to company employees the process for pitching an innovation or process improvement. The knowledge that change is possible and clearly defined will inspire employees to think about their role in the company.

Does your company foster a culture of empowerment? Do you have any suggestions for how your company could promote empowerment better?

The Most Important People You Need In The Workplace

“You’re only as good as your team.” A quote given by the nine time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins. A quote that may sound pretty straightforward and to the point on the surface is actually a lot more complex than you could imagine. Ask yourself, “How well am I performing?” Whether that question may be aimed towards your personal life in regards to your happiness, health, and family; or in your professional life in relation to your financial success or the overall strength of your company–it all comes down to whom is behind you. So, who are the most important people you need in the workplace?

People you need in the workplace

Who are the people in your life that are raising you up to become and maintain the happy, in shape, mother, father, or partner that you are? It’s important to not only understand the good standing you’re in; but who to thank for turning the often overlooked gears that made you this way.

Maybe you’re not the best you can be. Maybe your company is struggling with sales, keeping client relations strong, or forgetting its overall core values. Are you to blame? Partially, yes. It’s crucial to also realize that who you are made up of as a team often determines the success of the current moment you’re in now. So let’s dive right in and break down the most important qualities that you need in your workplace. We can uncover whether or not these qualities and skills are present, or need to be brought to your team immediately.


Believe it or not, your team’s commitment to the overall goal of your company is crucial. An employee committed to achieving his goals and objectives is something magical in and of itself. These team players should be especially valued when times are tough, and when they continue to strive for solutions and refrain from blaming others. A person who is committed to your bigger picture is, in this case, probably the most important person in your office no matter what other skills and strengths they may have.

The Extra Mile

In order to gain your confidence, employees must be willing to go above and beyond what is typically required of them on the job. Employees who take on projects that fall outside their normal responsibilities can expand their skill set and explore new avenues for professional growth. While someone may not always have the time to volunteer for an extra assignment, passing on every opportunity will prevent any particular person in your team from being viewed as a go-to person in the department, as well as a critical cog in your business’ well-oiled success machine.


In today’s workplace, communication is the skill of utmost importance. Your employees must have communication skills that allow them to proactively and effectively contribute their thoughts toward the overall proliferation of greatness within your company. An effective communicator leaves no room for error and can exhibit thoughts in a direct manner to make up the solid framework of your team.

Leadership and Creativity

Employees often work together on projects, so some employees must take on the leadership role to ensure deadlines are met, problems are addressed and all ideas are being considered. Meaning that leadership and creativity are also two very strongly needed qualities to have in your workplace. You as the employer often seek employees who have natural leadership skills. In addition, these employees must also have creativity skills so they can find and use solutions for potential problems on tasks, projects, or assignments.

Wear Multiple Hats

Who is the person in your office that shows an eager willingness to get done…well…whatever needs done? Having a person that doesn’t pump the brakes with what’s outside his job description is a huge asset. A person who wears multiple hats in the office is the reason you know if there are any loose ends; if there are, they will be covered.


When someone believes strongly in you, it makes a difference. You feel his support and you become more confident in yourself and your endeavors. When an employee believes strongly in your company’s mission, his job is no longer a job. It’s a calling. People work harder when they feel connected to and believe in your mission as a leader and the mission of the company. So why wouldn’t you include passionate people in your team?

Who are Your All-Stars?

Hopefully by taking a closer look within your company’s various teams you will find who shines the most and who could use some work. Maybe you’re missing an important quality/person all together who could bring that edge you’re looking for! Whichever the case, you now have a better understanding of the players on your team who are making your business the champion it is today.

Just another Friday at ABG

Be happy that it’s Friday! Here are just a few quick notes from ABG Capital to help you finish out your day…

Biggest Losers Update:

Today marks the end of week 3 for our Biggest Losers challengers and they’re still going strong and not giving up. Our challenge for the week was to track movement with a pedometer or some sort of equivalent smartphone app. The goal was to reach 10,000 steps a day, but we were still giving out points for those who reach 5,000. This challenge will be extended through Monday, so there’s extra time to rack up some points! The start of this week fell right after Father’s Day and we know everyone was celebrating with parties and other weekend get-togethers. To help our challengers get back on track, we gave them 10 great tips on how to detox after some no so healthy choices they made over the weekend. Once again, we want to give Sara a huge shout out for putting all of this great information together for us!

  1. Drink Water – A LOT of water. With all the toxins built up from a weekend of campfire and grill smoke – we need a flush! Drink 2 to 3 liters a day.
  2. Wait until you’re hungry – Then eat foods that are rich in fiber, lean protein, and antioxidants. For example: Oatmeal for breakfast, dark greens and grilled salmon or chicken at lunch, and brown rice with grilled chicken and broccoli or asparagus for dinner.
  3. Exercise – The following day after indulging is the perfect day to get back on track at the gym. Endorphin’s will be flowing, sweat will be dripping and the term “Sweat it Out” has a definite truth to it!
  4. Green Tea – Try a cup a day for the next 3 days. Green tea is a great diuretic that flushes the liver and reduces inflammation.
  5. Stretch – Work on lengthening your muscles that might be stiff or stagnant from a weekend of partying. Start with your quads & hamstrings holding each stretch for 30 seconds. You’ll feel more relaxed and mobile.
  6. Avoid/Reduce Stress – Meditate for 15 minutes, try a yoga class, get a massage, laugh at something! Don’t contribute to an already worn out body, get away and do what makes you happy!
  7. Organization – Keep your mind at ease by being organized. Create a 5 day plan prioritizing what needs to get done. Don’t overdo it. Only plan to accomplish the essentials. Seeing it in front of you will relax your mind and reassure yourself that this week is going to go smoothly.

Blog Posts:

As for this week’s blog post, we had a great article that talks about the benefits of incorporating sports into your employee Health and Wellness plans. As some of you might know, we have quarterly sporting events where we take a half a day on a Friday and get out of the office. Those sports include bowling, kickball, softball and football. If you check out this article, you’ll see some tips on how employers can turn simple sports into teamwork skill builders.

Other Office News:

One project that we’ve been working on for months now is an office decoration project that has transformed our office into a space where people feel at home. Last week we finished up the final phases of this project that included a wall dedicated to our Make-A-Wish efforts, our quarterly sports and even our Scotch Friday get-togethers. Check out the pictures below!

Just another Friday at ABG Capital

Dedicated to the wishes we’ve granted over the years.

Just another Friday at ABG Capital

“Sport don’t build character, they reveal it.” John Wooden



Our main hallway.


The ABG Capital Scotch Wall.

The ABG Capital Scotch Wall.


We had people sign it to make it feel more like us!



It’s five o’clock somewhere!

Thanks for stopping by the ABG Capital blog! Have a great weekend. 🙂

We Launched The New ABG Capital Website!

Our Marketing Communications team has been working on creating a new ABG Capital website for weeks and it has finally been launched for the public to view. Keeping a fresh looking website is important to us and we have put a large amount of time and effort into the new site.

New ABG Capital Header

The overall look and feel to the website took the most time because we wanted something that was welcoming and professional at the same time. We also wanted to incorporate a borderless look so the site feels much more open. We wanted visitors to look at the new ABG Capital site and not feel like they were visiting some faceless organization.

“Our website is an extension of our people and our culture and it should be representative of that,” said Jeff Tapolci, CEO of ABG Capital. “We have such a unique atmosphere at ABG Capital and we want people to feel as welcomed while they cruise our website as they do when they walk through our office.”

We are a very family oriented organization here at ABG Capital and we really wanted that to show through with our new website design. As you can tell from looking at the new site, the tone of the content and the images take on the same feel as our culture. Part of the design plan was to reduce the amount of content on the site so that the remaining content would contain the most meaningful information. We wanted to focus more on images than text because after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

The most successful part of our new ABG Capital website is the inclusion of all of our employee pictures. We highlighted all ABG Capital employees as well as all employees working for our four portfolio companies.

The People of ABG Capital

Please take a few minutes to explore the new site and let us know what you think by leaving us a comment in the comment section below!