Workest Weekly: Best Countries to Work In, Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, Strategies for Retaining Hourly Employees

Welcome to Workest Weekly — a newsletter for small business owners, HR leaders, and their growing teams.


On this solemn day in history, we take time to remember all of those who lost their lives and all of those who demonstrated heroism on 9/11. They will never be forgotten. As we look toward the future with hope, we can turn a somber day into one of positive action. Here’s how. It’s always a good time to look at ways to retain the employees that help our workplaces to thrive. Discover strategies for engaging and retaining your hourly workers. As business owners look for ways to make their companies inclusive and welcoming places for all people, we have a guide to celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in the workplace. Finally, have you wondered what the best countries to work in are? You may be surprised by the answer! We hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

September 12

National Day of Encouragement: Celebrate this day that’s dedicated to uplifting people around you and making a positive impact.

Holiday Hiring Season Begins: It’s already time to start thinking about seasonal help. If you need help preparing your SMB for the holidays, find tips and tricks here.

September 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Think you work in the best country in the world? Think again, as we reveal which country is really the best to work in (Hint: the U.S. doesn’t make the cut!).

20 Best Countries to Work In

Many people assume the U.S. is the best country to work in, but is it? We set out to find answers. To conduct this study, our experts looked at the 20 countries with the highest GDP per capita. They ranked these countries based on 9 workplace-related metrics, including annual leave allowance, standard working hours, average salary, and more. Find out which countries made the top of the list!


9/11 Good Deeds
To commemorate the 9/11 tragedy and turn it into something positive, have your small business participate in a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Here’s how …

How Small Businesses Can Remember 9/11

September 11 is a challenging day for Americans. So many lives were lost and so much of our country’s security was quickly brought into question. Suffice to say, life in the United States hasn’t been (and won’t be) the same since.

However, as we look back on this fateful day, many people find solace in transforming the somber day into a reason to do some extra good in the world. Many have turned it into a day of positive action, not just remembrance.


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Looking to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in your workplace? Here’s how to make it part of an effective DEI strategy.

How to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in the Workplace

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 and ends on October 15 every year — but are you prepared? If not, there’s still time for last-minute preparations for office activities. But it’s about more than good food and learning a few words in Spanish.

Cultural heritage months, in general, can be an excellent time to improve your organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.



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6 Key HR Strategies in a Recession

Since the pandemic, the economy has been rocky. But ongoing supply chain disruptions, inflation, the labor shortage, regional lockdowns, and international conflict have all changed business as we know it. Business leaders and HR executives often need to be more strategic with resources and communication during economic slowdowns. Here are 6 best practices to reduce friction and keep employee engagement up.



When a productive hourly worker becomes disengaged or suddenly quits, it can adversely impact your business. Discover ways to hang on to your top employees.

Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Your Hourly Employees

In 2021, hourly employees accounted for 55.8% of all wage and salary workers in the United States. Besides representing the largest portion of the U.S. labor force, hourly employees are susceptible to burnout and disengagement at work — which can lead to turnover. But when a top hourly employee quits, it can have a negative impact on your company. Try these strategies to engage and retain excellent workers.


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Learn meaningful and practical ways to create greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace with this HR guide.

Download the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Checklist

54% of business leaders say DEI is extremely important in their business and Gen Z says the #1 factor they look for in a future employer is an inclusive workplace.

If you’re not already thinking about how to improve the equality and fairness in your workplace, now is the time to start. When companies commit to concrete steps to improve their DEI, they:

  • Are more profitable
  • Are more innovative
  • See higher cash flow

More importantly, they make a step in the right direction for dismantling systemic problems that have given unfair advantages to certain types of people.


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