September 2, 2022
Labor Day is often considered to be the unofficial “end of summer” holiday but is actually an effort to recognize American workers. It was first celebrated in New York City in 1882 and signed into law as a legal holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. Cedar Trails Senior Living will be recognizing this 140th year anniversary of Labor Day by proclaiming appreciation to our employees.
As a community, we decided 2022 would be “The Year of the Employee,” and thus focused our business plans on ways to celebrate those individuals who make Cedar Trails Senior Living what it is and allow us to do what we do. We recognize that healthcare and caregiving is a difficult profession at the best of times but adding COVID-19 to the mix amplified the struggle.
And yet, in the face of extreme uncertainty and never seen circumstances, our employees adapted to the constantly changing CDC guidelines, routine testing, personal protective equipment requirements, visitor restrictions, and so much more on a monthly, weekly, or sometimes even daily basis. Throughout it all, our teams remained committed to providing our residents with the best quality of care regardless of what protocols were in place. It was the tenacity of those individuals, their dedication despite the uncertainty, that allowed us to remain #ArrowStrong.
As the Business Office Director, one way I show appreciation to our amazing teams is through a weekly campaign of creative follow ups (CFUs). A CFU is simply a way to show gratitude to an individual or team of employees for the work they do. This past year, my favorite CFU was when we all got together and had a food party for staff and gave gift cards away. It was my favorite because I could tell the employees really enjoyed it, the different foods and the variety of gift cards. It was very nice that we could all get together to show appreciation to staff. Knowing that your efforts are being seen that you as a person are seen, increases loyalty, productivity levels, and even motivation.
To conclude, in honor of Labor Day, September 5th, 2022, Cedar Trails Senior Living wants to thank our employees, and we sincerely hope each of them can feel it. Without our teams, we wouldn’t be Arrow Strong.
Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.
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