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February 2018

3 Ways To Prioritize Employee Appreciation During The Winter

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It's no secret that employees who feel appreciated in the workplace tend to feel more satisfied with their jobs as well as maintain productivity. In fact, 86% of companies with employee recognition programs cite an increase in worker happiness. And while recognizing your hard working employees year round is inevitably essential to your business's culture, enhancing your business's recognition and appreciation efforts during the winter can work wonders to boost morale in what many people consider to be one of the dreariest times of the year. Here are just a few ways you can increase employee appreciation during the winter months.

Consider Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to get employees more involved with the local community while strengthening their connection as a team. There are always countless opportunities to volunteer, especially during the holidays. Plus, getting your employees out of the office and away from the repetitive nine-to-five workdays is a definite morale booster, regardless of the time of year.

Prioritize Professional Development Opportunities

Employees get discouraged if they feel 'stuck' in their current positions with no opportunities for growth. Oftentimes, this thought hits harder during the holidays, when many people struggle to keep their finances in check. This is the perfect time to offer some extra opportunities for cultivating skills.

This objective can be completed in a number of effective ways. First, hire some industry experts to come in and hold a riveting discussion or workshop with your employees. Career coaching services are also a viable growth-building strategy. Finally, there are virtually countless resources available online, so don't hesitate to consider offering free webinars.

Always Put Safety First

Finally, during times of inclement weather, it's important to remain flexible. Don't enforce overly rigid attendance policies or penalize those who simply don't feel safe driving in wintry conditions. Furthermore, consider offering employees remote work opportunities whenever possible.

Ultimately, keeping your employees satisfied with their jobs during the winter isn't always easy, but putting these ideas into action is sure to boost morale for the season. For more information about human resources and restructuring consulting firms, contact Frederickson Partners.