March 18, 2022

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How to build (and scale) an employee recognition program

Employee recognition can look like anything from a high-five after closing a deal to a tiered rewards system for hitting company goals—but the value of celebrating your team and their wins with consistency is undeniable. According to Gallup, companies with highly-engaged employees report:

  • 59% less turnover
  • 41% reduction in absenteeism
  • 21% greater profitability 

If you’re looking to build an employee recognition program that can scale with your team as it grows, our partners at Bonusly have four steps for you, plus a few tips to help make it happen. Read more here.

Equal pay, every day

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 marked Equal Pay Day this year. The National Committee on Pay Equity states:

“This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.”

Pay equity isn’t just important because it’s the law. Pay equity is a way to build loyalty and trust between employers and their teams. When employees are treated fairly, they are more likely to feel happy with their work—and as we’ve seen time and again, happy employees perform better. For an overview of pay equity, why it’s important for business success, and an easy-to-use table of pay equity laws in each state, click here

So you’re prepping for an audit…

While the A-word can strike fear into any taxpayer’s heart, the reality is that many times an audit is more of a nuisance than anything—but it doesn’t have to be. Whether or not you have been approached by an auditor, having a proactive plan and organized records will ensure you never have to sweat it, if or when they do reach out. Our partners at Bench created a handy guide to help ensure your business is prepared for a tax audit. Check it out here. 

Find your funding

Accessing capital (and making the most of it) is often about finding the right funding for your business and needs. Fundid is an aggregator for small business grants that helps SMBs identify or get matched with grants that are designed to help their companies grow and thrive. Visit Fundid’s grant marketplace to browse grants by category, including women-specific grants, grants for people of color, government grants, or grants by state.

New from Gusto


A Quick Employer Guide to Hiring Ukrainian Talent

Over 3 million Ukrainians have had to flee their homes due to the war—many of whom are highly skilled in IT and across many other sectors. RemoteUkraine is a charity dedicated to helping these refugees find jobs. Employers can post their roles to gain access to incredible talent at competitive rates, and change lives. Watch their quick guide to get started.

MAR 24: How to Craft an Effective Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is a powerful tool to communicate your company policies and culture—and it can also form the first line of defense in a lawsuit or investigation. Join us on Mar. 24 at 10am PT to learn about the most important policies for your handbook and what you’ll want to consider when drafting them. Register here.

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Mohini Kundu Mohini Kundu is a news editor on the Gusto content team. She studied journalism at Northwestern University and started her career at The Huffington Post before embracing the #startuplife.
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