It is likely you have witnessed the struggle that many businesses face with attracting, retaining, and engaging employees; and supermarkets continue to face their share of the challenge.
A recent SupemrarketNews article shared some interesting perspective on the importance of incorporating recognition into the employee engagement and people management process.
The piece referenced the fact that February 22nd was “Supermarket Employee Day,” which is among the programs The Food Industry Association (FMI) is using to “recognize talent, achievement, and industry initiatives that make a positive impact in neighborhoods.”
This is not a new concept, as retailers have held Supermarket Employee Day-themed special events for several years, which, according to the article, have included offering their employees special promotions or discounts, along with in-store signage and social media posts.
The piece also quoted an infographic from FMI, which states “In the face of natural disasters or global pandemics, these frontline heroes keep communities going. Show them your gratitude.”
In addition, FMI is providing a list of talking points for messaging:
- The food industry feeds families and enriches lives, and supermarkets are the cornerstone of their communities
- There are more than 40,000 stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone
- Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and thrive
- Supermarket employees maintain the critical pipeline of food and consumer goods that sustain the health and well-being of their customers
- Supermarket employees have personified compassion and courage when communities have most needed to be encouraged