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Encouraging Employee Retention Despite Labor Shortages

A positive workplace atmosphere gives employees a reason to stay.

July 26, 2022

So many jobs—so few workers.

American businesses are struggling in 2022 with an unprecedented labor shortage. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, millions of Americans have left the labor force due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While U.S. businesses added a historic 3.8 million jobs in 2021, 3.25 million fewer Americans are working today compared to February 2020.

As the labor shortage continues, it’s as important as ever for businesses to create safe and encouraging environments that entice employees to return to work.

“Providing solutions that help employees complete their jobs effectively and with ease is an essential component to promoting a culture of positivity and wellness,” said John Engel, director of marketing for Cintas Corp.’s facility services division. “Outsourcing difficult or unpleasant tasks along with implementing wellness products shows that you value your employees’ health, safety, and happiness.” 

Cintas shared these tips on how to increase employee retention by promoting a positive workplace:

  1. Implement high-quality anti-fatigue mats. Such mats help provide comfort for employees who are required to stand for long periods of time. Not all anti-fatigue mats are created equal, so it’s important to research the options. Select quality products with bounce-back technology that’s proven to reduce discomfort. Also consider mats with an easy-to-clean surface and a dual gripper system that helps them stay in place on both hard surfaces and carpet. 
  2. Outsource restroom deep cleaning and stocking duties. Everyone loves a clean restroom, but not everyone loves cleaning it. Partner with a provider for deep restroom cleaning to take the heavy-duty tasks off employees. Also consider using a restroom supply service to keep restrooms fully stocked with necessary hygiene products, such as hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, air fresheners, and toilet seat cleaners.   
  3. Provide hand hygiene products. To prevent the spread of germs and help employees feel safer, place hand sanitizer stations in convenient locations. Select quality sanitizer that kills 99.9% of bacteria while being gentle enough for everyday use. Look for a sanitizer that contains a moisturizing agent as well to protect against dry skin.  
  4. Clean regularly with safe, effective tools and chemicals. Employees value clean workspaces. Implement microfiber mops, wipes, and dusters for effective, sustainable cleaning. In addition, consider a cleaning chemical provider that offers properly diluted, Green Seal-certified chemicals proven safe for health and the environment. You can add disinfectant and sanitizer spray services as well, to further help eliminate germs, viruses, and bacteria from surfaces.

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