Some have deemed it the “Great Reshuffling.” Whatever you call it, there’s no denying that the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we think about the workplace. And as work environments continue to evolve and adapt, it’s vital that HR teams respond in kind.
Here’s one important question that HR leaders should be asking themselves: With an increased emphasis on remote and “hybrid” work environments, what should HR be doing to retain top talents? We’ve brainstormed a few ideas for addressing employee retention amidst an ever-changing work culture.
Tips for Prioritizing Employee Retention
Start with Trust
With employees doing all or some of their work from home, it’s more tempting than ever to “micromanage,” and to constantly be checking in to ensure that your workers are doing what they ought to be. But of course, nobody likes to be micromanaged. The best way to keep top talents in the fold is to prove that you trust them to get their work done without constant monitoring.
Set clear expectations, but also remember that there’s no one-size-fits-all policy for how employees should divide their home and office time. Also maintain transparent two-way communication, providing some clear guidance for employees to check in with their manager as needed.
Promote Healthy Home Office Set-Ups
Some employees love the flexibility to work from home. Others aren’t as wild about it. One way you can make certain that all employees are able to do good, productive work from home is to offer some home office benefits. This can be as simple as a small stipend for employees to invest in ergonomic chairs, noise-canceling headphones, etc.
Monitor and Measure
One of the big lessons of the past two years is that things change fast, making adaptability a crucial requirement for any job. HR leaders are by no means exempt. Bear in mind that employee needs and desires can change quickly, which means that you may have to pivot in your efforts to promote engagement.
To know when to pivot, you’ll need to be monitoring employee engagement on a regular basis, whether via town halls, anonymous surveys, or other means.
Be Flexible with Your Employees
Above all, today’s employees crave some flexibility: Flexibility to set their hours, to work from home when necessary, and to break away from traditional workplace arrangements.
If your HR team can accommodate this need for flexibility, it will go a long way toward keeping employees happy where they are. If you have any questions, we’d love to talk further. Contact WhiteWater Consulting at your convenience.