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Enjoyment and work-life balance key to employee retention

Employee recognition programs can help companies create environments that build a positive experience for workers.

Work enjoyment was one of the top reasons that employees chose to stay with their companies, according to the Workforce Retention Survey.

The study was conducted by Harris Interactive, who asked over 1,000 adults what made them stay at their current jobs. Popular answers included a mix of proper engagement, office environment as well as benefits and pay. The most common responses were work-life balance and enjoyment, with two-thirds of respondents citing both as justifications for staying.

"To engage the workforce and remain competitive, it's no longer sufficient to focus solely on benefits," said David W. Ballard, head of the American Psychological Association Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. "Today, top employers create an environment where employees feel connected to the organization and have a positive work experience that's part of a rich, fulfilling life."

Employee recognition programs can help companies create environments that build a positive experience for workers. Showing appreciation for hard work can help increase office morale and create more enjoyment for staff. These initiatives can be customized to fit the office culture and provide motivation for a multigenerational workforce.

The survey showed that older workers were more likely to cite enjoyment as the reason for staying. Eighty percent of those aged 55 and older listed it, compared to 58 percent of those between ages 18 and 34. However, younger employees were more likely to claim the relationship with managers and coworkers as reasons to stay, showing that they too could benefit from participation in employee recognition programs.

These initiatives can provide a way for excutives to connect with all members of their team and give valued feedback to employees. Publicly acknowledging the sacrifices and dedication of staff of any level is likely to increase worker enjoyment and create a positive team environment.

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