We are still very much in the era of the so-called “Great Resignation” – in the UK, a whopping 85% of senior decisionmakers said that their businesses had been impacted. And, of that 85%, a third said that their company culture had been negatively affected as a result.
Clearly, employers and employees alike are struggling in the current climate. Let’s explore retention strategies so you can make your company a place that people want to stay and thrive in…
The importance of success and culture in the office
People want to feel appreciated. An easy way to do this? Celebration and shoutouts. 91% of employees say recognition is meaningful when they receive it – but that one in four organisations don’t celebrate accomplishments.
Celebrating employee wins contributes directly to employee satisfaction, while encouraging them to learn from mistakes acts as a motivator. In other words, encouraging your teams to keep fulfilling their potential really does make a difference.
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“Culture is the secret sauce that keeps employees motivated” – Dan McGaw
A workplace culture that prioritises team and individual wins is a great way to create a positive atmosphere, incentivise success, and appeal to potential future hires.
Not sure how to create the culture you want? Try dedicating a time in the week to celebrate successes – this could be something employees look forward to and gives them the opportunity to shout out their wins to the team!
Casual events and socials may be appealing to some of your employees, giving them something to look forward to at the end of a long week or month.
Or, you could offer a bonus or champagne for the top performer every month or quarter!
Appreciation = Engagement = Retention
Is flexible working or remote working an option? The Great Resignation
Many companies offer work from home options or flexibility with hours, so it can be hard to compete. Consider WFH options 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, family and wellbeing
- More flexibility with hours worked can help job satisfaction
If working from home is not how your company wants to move forward, that’s okay! Make your decision on what works for your business and your people at this time.
But, if you have been working from home and struggling to get the enthusiasm for return, change things – put out a survey and ask what the team think would make it a better place to be! it’s important to improve your office where you can.
How to get your team back into the office environment…
Making the office an attractive place to work is crucial! 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 blog on how to make your office more attractive: Tips to Make Your Office A Success.
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.
How to make work a place of wellbeing: Tips for employers
Wellbeing at work…
Giving your teams room to breathe can improve their mental wellbeing in the office and studies show that mindfulness at work makes employees happier. This ultimately makes them 12% more productive. Does your workplace prioritise wellbeing?
How can you easily improve wellness initiatives in the office? 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, e.g. financial help, office dogs, healthcare plans, therapy, life and career coaching…
Aim to be as inclusive and supportive as possible. Team work really does make the dream work.
So, how else can we help ?
As specialists in Search & Selection 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: 0151 209 2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org