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27 July 2022

Employees are the backbone of every business and valuing their input, loyalty and productivity is key to retaining the very best talent. The aim is to create an employee experience that delivers results in terms of engagement. Celebrating milestones doesn’t have to be something that requires the arranging of a party but it does require management and business leaders to take time out of their day to recognise these milestones with staff.

How Can You Celebrate Milestones?

There are many different ways in which you can celebrate milestones and these can include:

  • Announcing milestones during meetings
  • Discussing it in a newsletter sent to the entire business
  • Acknowledging public recognition
  • Leaving them a personal note
  • Giving gifts
  • Rewarding them with lunch
  • A workplace party
  • Highlighting the employee of the month

The employee experience is about everything they experience in the workplace and this includes being recognised. Almost 75% of teams feel as though they are valued when they receive praise through recognition and the celebration of milestones.

What Milestones Can Be Celebrated?

Their First Day – When you celebrate their first day, you are acknowledging their arrival and you make them feel welcome from the beginning.

Their First Three Months – If they have had a successful first three months then this is a milestone worth celebrating

Delivery of Projects – When a project is completed, celebrating its delivery is a great way of saying thank you.

Promotion – When a member of staff is promoted, sharing the news with other employees is a great way of showing where hard work can take you.

Anniversaries – From one year to five years and even twenty-five years, these are significant milestones that should be celebrated and recognised.

Graduating – Some employees continue to learn while working and celebrating these achievements is a way of recognising and thanking them for their efforts.

Becoming Certified – Certain jobs require staff to become certified. This often involves late nights, coursework and exams. Congratulating staff is a great way of showing your gratitude.

Reaching Retirement Age – Reaching the end of your working life is a big achievement. Celebrating this achievement shows that you appreciate their dedication and efforts through the years.

Birthdays – Everyone has that one day a year where they feel special and that’s their birthday. Bring them in a cake, let them choose the office playlist for the day or send out an celebratory email. Whatever you choose, acknowledging their birthday makes them feel a part of the company.

Big Events – From marriage to childbirth, these are all big events and celebrating these can help to create a community feel.

Business Anniversary – Businesses can also reach anniversaries such as how long it has been trading. Including employees in these celebrations will make them feel like a part of the company.

Customer Appreciation – If a customer gives a glowing review of an employee then this is something worth celebrating as it helps to create a feeling of positivity that runs through the business.

When discussing happy employees with management and looking at ways in which you can enhance morale and the employee experience, celebrating milestones is an opportunity to create a feeling of value and loyalty. Celebrating milestones can be simple but what they bring to your business and your employees cannot be overlooked.

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13 July 2022

In recent times, the workplace has been through a change that has not been seen for decades. This might be down to the Covid-19 pandemic and other reasons but organisation policy is changing slowly and employers are now taking a new approach. Following a period of working from home and furlough, HR teams are now looking over their existing policies to determine how they can fit around a changing world.

So, what policies could you introduce for your teams as a way of enhancing retention, productivity and engagement?

Health and mental wellbeing

Employee wellbeing goes far beyond just minimising health issues and health-related absences. The World Health Organisation consider wellbeing at work “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing” – so it encompasses all areas of working life. Promoting wellbeing at work can help create a positive working environment by minimising stress levels, improving employee satisfaction and engagement, and ultimately helping your employees thrive at work. We believe a happy and healthy workforce is essential in building a successful business. Putting the steps in to support this can be hard work but ultimately rewarding.

Financial Wellbeing

The cost of living crisis has taken over the UK in recent months and many people are finding that their finances are becoming tighter. This can have a negative effect on their wellbeing and can cause both mental and physical problems but still, there are not many policies in place to deal with this. As a result, there has been a call for large businesses to implement financial wellbeing policies to support staff which include:

  • Access to advice and resources
  • Financial planning advice such as pension advice or planning for maternity leave
  • Improved employee benefit schemes that include financial benefits
  • Flexible working to assist with those who need to manage childcare or work from home to save on travel costs
  • A commitment to ensure that employees receive the Real Living Wage

Burnout Policies

Wellbeing has been a priority over the previous two years in particular, as people have had to deal with a wide range of challenges during the pandemic. Mental health is at the forefront of change in the workplace and many people have suffered recently, so it is important that employers do as much as possible.

What this has meant is that employers have implemented measures that are designed to support staff while also ensuring they are helped to deal with the pressures that came with Covid-19. Some businesses have started giving staff more time off as a way of recognising their efforts while some have opted to implement schemes that are aimed at encouraging them to take more time for themselves. Mental health costs employers as much as £45 billion on an annual basis but for every £1 they invest in mental health interventions, they can make back £5 as a result of turnover and a reduction of absenteeism. This is a clear incentive for businesses to implement policies that support the wellbeing of employees.

Through the review of existing policies and by making changes, it is easy to create a workplace that is understanding, accepting and supportive, all of which is something to consider when discussing happy employees.

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