Although March 5 is National Employee Appreciation Day, it's never too late to express your appreciation to employees and recognize their hard work and dedication--especially through these unprecedented times. Here are some ways you can "Share Your Heart" and boost morale among staff.

Host an All-Employee Virtual Social Hour  One of the biggest struggles during the pandemic is social isolation. What better way to get your staff interacting with one another? This gives employees the opportunity to catch up with each other outside of the day-to-day office talk and get to know one another on a more personal level. It's a great way to share some laughs, build camaraderie, and remind everyone that we are in this together.

Weekly/Monthly Employee Spotlight  Congratulating different staff members on their accomplishments, big or small, can be a great way of letting your employees know how much you value them. Not only does this give your staff a chance to be recognized by management and their peers for their hard work and successes, but it can also boost morale and help improve work ethic.

Recurring Employee Mental Health Days  With the increased number of people experiencing mental health difficulties as we face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, it is important that companies acknowledge the need for a "brain break" or day off. This gives employees time to reset and refocus, which ultimately can lead to increased productivity upon returning to work.

Swag Bags/Recognition Gifts  You don't have to invest a lot of time or money to show your appreciation to staff. Putting together gift bags or providing gift cards can be an easy and relatively inexpensive way to show employee recognition. Not only are you supporting your employees, but you can use this opportunity to support local businesses, too!

Message of the Day/Week  Sending inspirational or motivational quotes to your staff at the start of each day or week gives everyone a chance to start off on a high note! Even if your employees may not feel overly enthusiastic some days, a few reassuring words can go a long way. Being an inspirational leader and working to lift others will help you earn the respect of your employees.

During these trying times, it's important that your employees feel and know their value is recognized by not only their leadership team, but also the company. Acknowledging your employees for their hard work and truly caring about their health and well-being will make staff feel valued, which, in turn, can lead to greater successes--both individually and overall. Implementing some of these strategies to benefit your employees can ultimately lead to more success for your retirement communities!