An ‘unprecedented’ time, as we say… the era of ‘The Great Resignation’ is taking over workplaces across the UK.
This blog will explore retention strategies aimed at employers struggling in the current climate, with the aim to make their workspace and company the place that workers want to work for.
Your team wants to be back in the office? Here’s how you can improve the office environment…
Making the office an attractive place is at the root of this! Consider everything – including the furniture, the amenities, the cleanliness, the upkeep, the parking situation…The whole office offering.
Need help with office decor or atmosphere? Read our recent blog on how to make your office a success: New Office Launch Party: Tips to Make Your Office A Success (aspion.co.uk)
The look and feel of a space is so important to productivity and work ethic. If your teams are considering a move, the lack of an inspiring space could be contributing to this.
Why not put out a survey to ask what your people want?
Organising casual events, and socials, may be appealing to some employees to allow for collaboration. Having something to look forward to at the end of a long week/month can bring people together!
Aim to be as inclusive and supportive as possible. Team work really does make the dream work.
The Importance of Success & Culture in the Office: The Great Resignation
People want to feel appreciated. An easy way to do this? Celebration and shout outs. 91% of employees say recognition is meaningful when they receive it. 1 in 4 employees say their organisation doesn’t celebrate accomplishments, creating a lack of achievement.
Consistently celebrating your employees wins is a huge part of employee satisfaction. Supporting your employees to achieve their personal/ career goals really does make the difference.
Culture not quite right? Rebuild the culture of the business!
“Culture is the secret sauce that keeps employees motivated” – Dan McGaw
Developing a work culture that takes the time to acknowledge the teams’ wins is a great way to create a positive and appealing environment – with a positive atmosphere and incentives for success.
Dedicating a time in the week to celebrate successes, could be something for employees to look forward to, and a way to shout them out to the team! Also encouraging motivation and drive in their role.
Tip: Could you offer a bonus or champagne for the best performer every month or over a period?
Appreciation = Engagement = Retention
Is flexible working or remote working an option? The Great Resignation
With many companies offering work-from-home or flexibility with hours, it can be hard to compete when trying to retain your teams during these changes. If WFH is a consideration for your business, here are some of the advantages:
- Saving money, for example on travel or office rent
- Opportunity to employ people outside the local area, look further a field for that needed skillset
- Less sickness (less exposed to germs!)
- More time for fitness
- More flexibility with hours worked can help job satisfaction
If working from home is not how your company wants to move forward, this is also ok! Make your decision on what works for your business and your people at this time, and move forward with that, if things change direction in the future, that also works ! We are always learning!
But, if you have been working from home and struggling to get the enthusiasm for return, change things, ask what the team want to see more of or changes to make it a better place to be! it’s important to improve your office where you can – and maybe add leniencies now and then to show you understand the need for flexibility in the current climate.. Doctors apps, parents evenings…
Outline the positives of working in the office, which could be:
- More work/life balance (clear separation – work is for work, home is for personal time!)
- Inspiration in every corner – team collaboration inspires!
- Teamwork makes the dream work. No more isolation!
- Inclusivity in the office space
- Office culture!
Food for thought…
How to make work a place of wellbeing: Tips for employers
Wellbeing at work…
Studies show that mindfulness at work makes employees happier, which ultimately makes them 12% more productive. Is your workplace considerate of wellbeing?
Giving your teams room to breath can improve their mental wellbeing in the office.
How can you easily implement wellness into the office?
Focus on employee wellbeing, wellness, and a healthy environment. You could…
- Bring in longer lunch breaks – time to rest and reset
- Weekly wellbeing catch ups – check in with your teams to see how they’re doing
- Allow time for bad mental health days – show care and consideration
- Offer wellness benefits eg financial help, office dogs, healthcare plans, therapy, life and career coaching…
In fact, 61% of the Gen-Z population said that they would feel less stressed about their financial situation if they were offered financial wellness benefits. Could this help you retain your younger employees?
So, how else can we help ?
As specialists in recruitment, we can help you figure out how to adapt your employee engagement tools to help retain staff in the time of The Great Resignation!
Contact us for tailored advice and consultation!