October '22

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7 0 G R A P H I C S P R O • O C T O B E R 2 0 2 2 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M B U S I N E S S S T R A T E G I E S M A K I N G S H O P M O V E S weeks off. Vacation time is a huge morale booster for many staff, to get that down time with family or friends. Over the past two years we introduced paid personal time off up to 40 hours, which was a New York State law for employers to offer. An employee can earn 1.2 hours of paid personal time for every 40 hours they work, but it cannot exceed the 40 hours. So, this benefit can com- plement their need for sick time, appoint- ments, or if needing some extra time off. is one benefit cost our company around $15,000 to provide for our team, which they appreciated. Earlier this year, it was our goal to add paid holidays, which we take a total of seven off and for anksgiving we make sure we are closed from Thursday to Sunday to give our team the much-needed rest since we are extremely busy during the fall, but it does come with rules. If you want to be paid for the holiday, you must work your scheduled day before and after to earn the paid time unless you have vacation time scheduled. We have seen in the past where people like to call in the day of or day after, so we needed to set rules in place. ERGONOMIC WORKSPACE Making sure your team has an ergo- nomic workspace is huge to limit the wasted steps. We are also big on always buying quality computers and equipment for our team, which can easily lower stress for all out the gate. ese are tools to make their day better, which flows back to you the owner in less complaints and time wasted. With these benefits I have spoken about – yes, they cost money. Yes, they are not cheap, but neither is paying to search for staff, paying to train them, paying for production to run slower due to turnover rates. Years back I looked at this all blindly and never really dove into it since I was used to working 60-80 hours per week to survive. Do I really want my team to Morale is more than just making your staff happy and spending money. It is about building a healthy work environment that can prosper for all.

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