With the job market finally loosening up for some, businesses are working to ensure they're keeping their best employees from leaving.
A key strategy includes checking in often with workers, and telling them they're doing a good job, experts tell CNNMoney.com.
And businesses can stand to be creative when it comes to perks. Beyond free morning bagels, consider some time off or a "company-wide black out" to reward hard work.
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