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Six Ways to End High Employee Turnover

Feb 23, 2017

The grind of work and life sometimes gets in the way of showing gratitude for our employees. This is leaving companies with higher turnover rates than desired. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, one of the main reasons people voluntarily leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. Insert: Employee Appreciation Day! A day dedicated to our employees, the ones who make our companies go round and the ones who are our company’s biggest brand ambassadors. According to Tinyhr, only 21% of employees feel strongly valued. Let’s change that on March 3, 2017. Here are six ways you can show appreciation for your employees:

  1. Host a donut-breakfast or pizza-luncheon. Who doesn’t love food? How about the days your co-worker brings in donuts while you’re on a diet? It’s hard to resist even then! The food provided will be a huge hit, plus your employees have the chance to socialize—ultimately helping with team building.
  2. Give out one of your company’s promotional products. So, you can never have too many coffee mugs. You can definitely never have too many collared shirts. Splurge on your employees, after all they are your walking billboards. (Visit this blog for a refresher.)
  3. Gift them with a $5 gift card. Whether it’s to Starbucks or Cold Stone Creamery, the gift card will be a symbol of appreciation saying “Have a treat on us!” It’s the little things that count.
  4. Create a framed Certificate of Appreciation. Add to your employee’s Wall of Fame. It will look something like this: Diploma, Employee of the Month, Most Likely to Succeed and then your Certificate of Appreciation. They will feel accomplished and valued, while being able to show off to their family and friends.
  5. Bring in a masseuse for lunch-hour. Stress is the inevitable, but relieving that stress is not something everyone spends money on. This will be a huge hit on Employee Appreciation Day!
  6. Arrange a quick field day in the parking lot. Team building is important, but so is having fun at the workplace. Corn hole, badminton or horseshoes with ice cream sandwiches for an hour during a maybe-extended lunch will go a long way. 

Good employees aren’t always easy to find and great employees are hard to replace, so spend next Friday showing gratitude for them. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gesture, just one that will make your employees feel special.

Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

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