Target Hires Social Workers For Employee Morale

By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is reaching out to its employees this holiday season, and year-round, with a program to help with morale and attendance.

A few years ago, at a Target Store in Chicago, a social worker was hired to help employees deal with issues like family problems or financial woes.

Of the more than 1700 stores, 69 of them now have social workers on staff. Donna Eagan with Target Corp. said most of the social workers are at stores in urban areas.

“We are hearing from team members about how pleased they are with the program, that they weren’t aware of the types of resources that we were able to connect them to,” she said.

Eagan said since the policy has been in place, they have reduced absenteeism by 17 percent at those stores.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

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