As the Covid-19 pandemic continues and organizations continue to hire, most of the new hires are working out of the home and have NEVER met their co-workers in person. This is causing a cultural disconnect because there is limited camaraderie developing. This camaraderie is the glue that holds organizations together and helps to drive employee retention. Oftentimes, employees may not be enamored with the organization or their boss but if they like the people they work with, it offsets the other negatives. So, they stick around. But, if you have never met your co-workers in person, it’s hard to develop a relationship that creates the clue to retain talent.
This employee retention trainer knows several people that are coming up on a year with their organization that feels no bond with their co-workers. In some cases, the organizations have tried to create opportunities for people to meet and get to know people virtually. In some cases, they have done nothing to facilitate building camaraderie. This can be very dangerous from an employee retention strategies perspective. Everyone talks about Covid fatigue or Zoom fatigue but have not thought about the loss of bonding with co-workers that are now missing.
There is no more chit chat with the newbie to learn about their spouse/significant other, their family, what they do in their free time, etc, etc, etc. People just sit at their computer and grind away with limited personal interaction with co-workers. When I look back at my days in business, I always ate lunch with someone or took breaks with them. We got to know each other. We developed that closeness. Organizations need to do more things to facilitate this relationship-building even if it takes time away from work. Absent that, this employee recruitment expert sees not only a loss of culture taking place but people being more susceptible to overtures to be recruited away because they think there is a better place to be…even if it may not be true. Organizations that want to drive employee retention in this age of Covid-19 need to make sure new people know their co-workers. You can’t Care (the “C” in C.R.A.P) about someone if you don’t know them!
Remember…Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.® (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) Why? Because C.R.A.P. Works!
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