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Happy Thanksgiving! 5 Tips for Superior Staff Appreciation.

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Happy Fall y’all! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already here. Today, we are providing tips on how you can show staff appreciation all the way from your scheduler and HR representative to your caregivers. Your agency may already do this for your clients, however your employees are the backbone of your agency. They also like to know that you’re thankful for having them on your team.

They are furthermore responsible for delivering service to your clients and are the face of your agency to the clients and their family members. The following tips are some of the things that we did at our agency to make sure that our team understood how thankful and appreciative we were of their dedication to caring for our clients. Staff Appreciation can pay huge dividends towards the success of your agency.

5 Staff Appreciation Tips:

1. Send out holiday cards to your whole team.

We sent out holiday cards to our admins and caregivers at the same time we mailed them out to our clients. If we knew a person’s religious preference then we matched that with the appropriate holiday card. If we were unsure of their preferences, we sent a generic non-denominational Happy Holidays card.

2. Have a food pantry in your office.

As you’ve noticed, grocery prices are rising along with many other necessities. Having an in-office food pantry can be a huge blessing for your employees. A closet or a cabinet would work great for this. Alternatively, if you can’t spare that much room, then a closet shelf also works. In addition to canned goods, you could also include some personal hygiene supplies. 

3. Hold a raffle for gift cards, or prizes at your next company-wide meeting.

This will encourage more employees to come to your meetings. It will also show them that you appreciate their time and are happy to see them in the office. Of course, it also adds some fun to your meetings. Need some ideas? Check out this post!

4. Celebrate Tenure.

For the staff members (including caregivers) who have been with your agency for over a year, let everyone know. You could also announce it in a newsletter or email or call out their names and years of service at your next meeting. Hand out pins corresponding to the years they’ve been with your company. In addition, the pins are a great tool to reinforce caregiver retention.

5. Send out birthday cards to your admins and caregivers.

Your scheduling software will have a report that you can quickly run to give you your caregivers birthdays. If you don’t track your admins in your scheduling software, then work with your HR rep to make sure that no one is left out of your birthday card list.

With the holidays fast approaching, letting your employees know that you are thankful for them is not only kind, but can also increase your caregiver retention. As a reminder our company offers a FREE 30 minute consultation for your in home care agency. To take advantage of this offer give me a call at 678-340-3649. You can also email me at Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

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Author: Tyler West

Tyler West is a founding partner of Senior Care Business Advisors with over 10 years of experience in personal care, home care, health care and technology. He is also a former Director of Operations for a Home Care Agency and worked in technology with ClearCare and other organizations. Additionally, he is a published author. Connect with him through Senior Care Business Advisors website,, or LinkedIn You can also reach him via email at

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