Employers are stepping up their efforts to retain employees, writes Sophie Smith in The Telegraph. Jenny Perkins, head of engagement at Cirrus, comments.

In recent years there has been a marked increase in companies introducing new initiatives in a bid to make staff want to stay put instead of seeking greener pastures elsewhere.

During International Week of Happiness at Work, which began on Monday, companies are being urged to prioritise employee wellbeing. “During this week we invite everybody to put the topic on the agenda of your organisation and start to make the change to a happier workplace,” its manifesto reads.

Jenny Perkins, head of engagement at consultancy Cirrus, says that people who really love their jobs “tend to feel that they contribute to the achievement of the organisation’s purpose.

“If our work provides meaning, we go beyond fleeting moments of happiness. We enjoy a deeper, more sustained feeling of fulfilment. This is particularly true if managers reinforce their appreciation of employees’ contributions every day.”

© The Telegraph 2019

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