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National Employee Appreciation Day: Does Retaining Talent Start with Recognition? 

Today is National Employee Appreciation Day, and as Human Resources professionals, we couldn’t help but share some best practices regarding retention, employee engagement, and company culture.

Despite living through what many are calling The Great Resignation, creating a work environment that your team actually enjoys is still possible. Don’t be alarmed, but it’s now more important than ever. With a record number of Americans making career changes, it’s crucial that HR managers and business leaders alike take time to reflect on their current situation. We know it can seem daunting, so we’re breaking down some questions to discuss with your leadership team.  

If you don’t know where to start this National Employer Appreciation Day, here are some overarching questions and themes to consider: 

  1. How meaningful is your company’s benefits packages?  

To effectively combat The Great Resignation, you might need to reevaluate the benefits you offer. Think  mental health benefits, childcare options, WFH or hybrid schedules, flexible work hours.  

  1. What personal and professional development opportunities are you offering? 

Modern workers expect to practice new skills, even after onboarding. Encouraging participation in webinars, hosting cross-training across departments, and taking online certification courses can be great ways to promote continued learning for workers of all ages.  

  1. In what ways do you recognize team members who go above what is expected of them? 

Do you have a submission box for employee recognition? Do you shout out star employees during staff meetings? Regardless of how you show your appreciation, make sure to do so on a regular basis. Employees that feel valued experience higher levels of satisfaction and productivity, according to the American Psychological Association.  

  1. What types of community involvement opportunities are promoted?  

Social responsibility and community involvement are factors for employees of every age, especially Generation Z. Now more than ever, Americans expect the brands they support – and work for – to share similar morals and beliefs. Think of creative ways your team can give back to your community together – activities such as a food drive or fundraiser event can be done in COVID-conscious ways, too! In fact, the INVO team recently participated in a donation drive for coats for our neighbors in need. Not only is it a way to get your team together for a good cause, but it can also serve as a bonding moment, too.  

  1. Is your leadership team approachable and available?  

Creating a sense of community, despite seniority level, can make a huge difference in your company culture. Of course, professionalism is paramount, but caring about your team’s personal wellbeing always matters.  

You don’t have to tackle HR alone. We’re proud to provide Human Resources services without any hassle. For more information on our solutions, get in touch with the INVO PEO team. Here’s to happy, engaged employees! Happy National Employee Appreciation Day from the INVO team.  

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