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Finding the right employees in the current economy can be tough. With unemployment remaining at extraordinarily low levels there are simply not enough talented candidates to easily replace lost staff, which makes retaining current team members even more important. To help, here are three quick tips that will help you keep your employees happy, productive and, most importantly, on your team (without having to shell out a raise…):

Make employees part of the big picture – When employees feel as though they have the opportunity to make a difference in the trajectory of the company through their efforts, they are more likely to perform at a high level. Clear communication on company affairs, individual and departmental direction, and big-picture, long-range planning can make a huge difference in employee morale and performance.

Promote a positive work environment – This one should be obvious, but taking the time to promote a positive work environment through actions such as the public acknowledgement of employee achievements, group lunches and team building times, and special incentives such as premium parking or extra vacation time can make the difference between employees who are simply present and those that are truly engaged.

Offer enhanced benefits – Enhanced benefits are those that go above and beyond more common medical, dental, and retirement benefits. Whether it’s an extra level of insurance or something as simple as a gym membership or access to a company cell phone or car, benefits above and beyond the ordinary can inspire employees to keep giving their job their very best.

No matter how you cut it, retaining your best and brightest employees can make the difference between success and failure for your business. If you’re having trouble finding and placing the right candidates, AtWork can help! Visit AtWork.com/Locations to find an AtWork branch near you today!