According to the Microsoft report titled The Next Great Disruption is Hybrid Work – Are We Ready?
- 46% of the workforce is planning to move because they now work remotely
- Remote job postings on LinkedIn have increased by 5X since the pandemic
- Team meetings have increased over 148% since February 2020 – on the Teams platform alone
- From February 2020 to February 2021, there have been 40.6B additional emails from the prior period
The takeaway, employees are thinking about quitting their jobs.
But why? Isn't the anxiety of 2020's economic impact fresh in everyone's mind? Don't these people value having a job?
The simple answer is yes. Yes, they do value their jobs, and they are aware of the potential risks. But overall, the risk is less important than the ability to enjoy the way they work.
When it comes to employee satisfaction, what matters most to people is how they feel about their work. People at every level of the organization want to know how to succeed, and that success is actually a reasonable expectation due in part to clearly stated goals, well thought-through strategy, gates of responsibility, and an environment that fosters innovation.
What does that mean for organizations and businesses that weathered 2020? It means they must listen to their workforce. They must mine solutions from inside the organization to retain the talent so vital to their very existence.
What businesses can do today is listen and then ask deeper questions. Not just "Who wants to work from home?" but rather, "How can we be successful together?"
Some helpful, easy to initiate, activities to support your teams include:
- Net promoter surveys
- Job description reviews and updates
- Communication channel assessments
- Workflow mapping
- Focus groups
- Professional development programs and training
Now is the time to make an impact, not just on your team's morale but the culture of your organization. Let your employees help you create an ecosystem that thrives by working with them, utilizing their innovative problem-solving skills, and listening carefully to their feedback.
If you want to retain the talent that kept you afloat during the greatest crisis in a generation, take steps today to prepare processes and systems that leverage that talent, and build the leaders within your company who can take the future by storm.
For businesses facing fast growth, scaling, or a transition to the 'remote-work-hybrid', I have confidence that our team has solutions to help you anticipate these future hurdles and prevent overwhelm.
For more information about our Streamlined Workplace Program or discuss your concerns about these issues, schedule a discovery call to see if working together would be a good fit.