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Workforce

Nov 9, 2017

A monthly InDay theme pushes LinkedIn employees to benefit the community or themselves through volunteering and other efforts. On the third Friday of every month, a LinkedIn employee somewhere around the world may be telling young adults to call their parents or help pay for a wedding at city hall. Maybe they’re volunteering at their child’s school or with their favorite charity.

These Fridays are called InDays. Each month has a theme chosen by someone on the executive team, and employees have that day to focus on transforming themselves, their team, the company or the world.

“We’ve seen an uptick in companies taking time during the workday to promote self-care and self-improvement for employees,” said Richard A. Chaifetz, CEO of employee assistance program provider ComPsych. The Chicago-based EAP has received requests to host training sessions and workshops on topics such as legal, financial and caregiving matters. Other popular topics include stress, mindfulness and relationships, he added.

“These practices are part of employers’ efforts to improve and enhance their culture,” Chaifetz said. “Which is especially important for attraction and retention of millennials, who value work-life balance and self-improvement.”

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