Covid-19 forced many people to adapt to homeworking and this has changed the perception of the workforce. They discovered that whilst they missed the social aspect of their office or work setting, working from home provided benefits such including saving time and money by not commuting.
This has left people asking for flexible working patterns, the ability to work remotely, or reviewing whether they want a change of career that would mean they can work from home. The media attention around the 4-day working week has pushed flexibility in working hours further up on people’s radar.
One survey showed that 84 per cent of employees stated working remotely would make them happier with an incredible 74 per cent of them saying that having remote work options would make them less likely to leave their current employer.
It may be your company now operates a remote working model to attract and retain talented employees, but this requires a change in how you engage staff. The remote operating model alone is not enough to retain staff.
It may be your organisation is one that cannot offer remote or flexible working – retailers, schools, or hospital settings for example. How do you compete with employee engagement with similar paying organisations who can offer remote working and flexibility?
Maintaining a consistently engaged team is challenging but if the business takes time to understand and implement an employee engagement strategy then it can find itself with loyal, committed and more productive employees. These employees are also more likely to stay with your organisation.
Trying to engage your employees, and keep them engaged, was hard before the global pandemic. Gallup’s 2017 research on the state of the American workforce revealed:
- 33 per cent of employees were actively engaged in their jobs.
- 51 per cent of employees were not engaged at work
- 16 per cent of employees were actively disengaged at work.
Now, with the economic uncertainty, energy crisis, years of working from home and a virus still in circulation it is going to be even harder.
Join our employee engagement workshop on 24 January in Preston to understand how you can proactively monitor and address employee engagement to avoid risk losing skilled and previously passionate team members to prevent them from “stepping back” from their responsibilities or “quiet quitting”.
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