Everyone dreamed of working remotely so they didn’t have to commute, would not have to dress up to go to the office, would be more productive because of fewer meetings etc. etc. etc. Now, as more organizations contemplate having employees become 100% remote, many employees are telling this employee retention trainer that they will look for a new job where they don’t have to work 100% remote. From an employee retention standpoint, many organizations don’t realize how deep this sentiment runs in their organization…and they haven’t asked their employees. This will be one of the next employee retention challenges organizations face…among others.
Working remotely has led to a lot of frustration for many employees. Systems technology is not as reliable and goes down more frequently and causes frustration. People are isolated and feel like they are on their own. They grind away…not interacting with co-workers and rarely get out of their chair. They wolf down a sandwich for lunch while sitting at their desk instead of going to lunch with colleagues. All of these are real negatives when it comes to working remotely 100% of the time.
The solution for organizations is to start ASKING employees what they want as the pandemic starts to ease. Some employees are perfectly fine working 100% at home. Others want to be in the office all the time or have some sort of blend. The trap companies could run into is making a decision without employee input is that a significant number of people could leave if FORCED to go 100% remote. In some ways, it’s like the decision to move the office or plant to the other side of the city. Many people don’t want the longer commute and quit OR are angry, make the move, and then become disengaged.
If you are a leader reading this…get ahead of the issue and start asking your people what they would like to do and factor it into your decision-making process. If you care about your employee retention, productivity, quality, and employee engagement, in the opinion of this employee recruitment expert…the time to ASK for employee input is before you lay out your plans. Asking is a sign of RESPECT…the “R” in Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.®
Remember…Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.® (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) Why? Because C.R.A.P. Works!
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