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NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka says New Jersey businesses that have had to cancel in-person holiday gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic are still finding innovative and creative ways to show their appreciation to their employees. 

“Some things they may be doing, for example, are gift cards that can be used in local eateries so that people can have lunch delivered or have a bottle of wine delivered and they’re getting together for a virtual cocktail,” Siekerka told NJ101.5 radio’s David Matthau in a recent interview. 

Businesses are also getting employees involved in projects to support local charities around the holidays, she said.  NJBIA, for example is supporting Fulfill, the food bank of Monmouth and Ocean counties. 

“Many companies get philanthropic … and they do team-building events around the holidays in order to help their communities,” Siekerka said.  “A lot of these opportunities are online now.” 

Siekerka said it is important for companies that value their employees to express that appreciation at this time of the year. 

“It’s a little more difficult to do that in these remote-work times, but it can still be done,” Siekerka said. 

To read the NJ101.5 story, go here.