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it right on, they get a free hour of paid time off. I think it's
important to add some fun wherever you can, because people
are stressed. We get that. This is a way to help get their minds
off of that."
The leaders don't stop there. They hold a monthly
dress-up day, where employees are encouraged to dress up
according to that month's theme. On May 4 - Star Wars
day - everyone was encouraged to wear a Star Wars T-shirt.
On Oct. 28 last year, National Chocolate Day, everyone
received a specially packaged Hershey bar with "Thank You"
printed on the back, along with other words of encouragement. "These are all just little things," Adams admitted, "but
we do as much as we can to engage with employees."
The company's last special event before COVID-19
involved visiting a nearby axe-throwing business. "People were
encouraged to dress in plaid like a lumberjack, and we all got
to learn how to throw axes," Adams said. "It was the chance to
get to meet people outside of the work environment and have
a good time. We want to do more things like that, once we're
past this current situation.

"Of course," he added, "the biggest thing is ensuring the
safety of the employees. We have just under 100 employees.
They want to know that their employer is doing everything
they can to keep them safe and healthy while they're at work."

STAYING ENGAGED

Because of the company's proactive efforts, Adams said,
"Our employees have been adapting to the current situation
really well."
And while he knows that not every company is going to want
to read a motivational book or sponsor off-site get-togethers, he
believes that motivating and retaining employees is possible for
every ILMA member regardless of size, scope and location.
"I think the secret for motivation and retention - no
matter what else might be going on in the world - is to be
engaged with employees," Adams said. "Talk to your employees as much as possible. Tell them how much they mean to
you, to the company. Acknowledge the good work they do."
Bittner is a Michigan-based freelance journalist and a frequent
Compoundings contributor.

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