The Workplace Word: Showing Employee Appreciation During COVID-19

Every month, we’re highlighting stories, trends and tips related to employee engagement and workplace culture that organizations should be keeping top-of-mind in order to engage, retain and recruit top talent.

As we continue to face the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, employees world-wide are having to navigate a “new normal” in order to get their jobs done. Between learning how to work from home, implementing new safety precautions, managing family needs and more, it’s a tough time for everyone – which is why it’s more important than ever for companies to show their appreciation for their employees.

Even in the best of times, employee recognition is an important element in engagement and company culture. According to Gallup, employees who do not feel adequately recognized are twice as likely as those who do to say they’ll quit in the next year. Additionally, a LinkedIn study showed that nearly 70% of employees said they would work harder if their efforts were better recognized. Showing appreciation for employees on a regular basis boosts morale, encourages people to go the extra mile, and increases retention. So, during tough times like this, it’s even more critical for companies to make sure they’re recognizing their employees’ above-and-beyond efforts and ongoing commitment to the company.

While many think of recognition in terms of a monetary reward, there are plenty of cost-effective and creative ways to thank employees during financially difficult times as well. Below are some best practices and thought starters to help you show appreciation for your employees.

How is your company handling this situation and making sure employees feel appreciated? For questions, guidance or support with your efforts, Padilla’s Coronavirus Response Team is here to help.

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