Staying on top of workplace trends can help you ensure your company is staying relevant and attractive to employees. Here are a few trends to keep an eye on.
Creativity Surrounding Benefits. Companies are finding new and creative ways to compete for talent; aside from the usual competitive salary, health benefits, and PTO. A few innovative companies have begun to offer perks, including: paid volunteer time, gym memberships, offering in-office wellness programs and vacation allowance. What are a couple of benefits your company could offer to set yourself apart?
Less Traditional Reviews. Many companies are taking the “annual” out of “annual review”. Some are gravitating toward two way conversations. Platforms such as Small Improvements are low-cost and make 360- degree feedback fluid and easy. While not everyone is onboard with this type of review, many are increasing one-on-one meetings with employees, allowing for more frequent feedback for their team members.
Professional Development. Your business is always evolving; therefore, so should your employees. We need well - trained teams, but we also need to provide development for our employees for the sake of retention. Professional development does not have to be expensive. Encouraging employees to attend meet-ups or lunch and learns or participating in your industry associations can cost little to nothing. Online courses through Lynda have low monthly fees.
Remote Work/Increased Technology. As in recent years, telecommuting has continued to increase, technology for remote workers has become increasingly available. Messaging platforms such as Slack, Microsoft Teams and Skitch have allowed teams to collaborate easily, regardless of their location.
When we think about why employees leave (better yet, why they stay), one motivator usually comes to mind: Compensation. And while pay and benefits are key to recruiting and retaining your employees, there are plenty of other ways to build and keep a strong team.
Random Acts of Appreciation
Professional Administrative Assistant’s day is every reason to celebrate all that they do for you. A few random acts of appreciation might make an impact. An unexpected thank you note or an occasional sweet treat on an employee’s desk can go a long way.
Annual reviews are not enough. Periodic one on ones with your employees encourages communication and valuable feedback, before minor issues become serious problems.
Employees need to be to be trusted, give them responsibilities that will allow for them to learn new skill sets and develop new ideas. Let them know that you are invested in them by supporting continuing education and promoting within.
Showing respect for your employees can go a long way in retaining the cream of the crop. You can create a confident, productive, and passionate team by encouraging a respectful environment.
Providing even a small level of flexibility to employees can make a significant difference in work/life balance. It might mean flexible scheduling or the occasional work from home day. A positive outlook on work/life balance can greatly impact employee morale.
Have a Little Fun!
Go for an occasional team lunch together. Have a Halloween pumpkin carving contest. Make ice cream sundaes on a hot Tucson day. It doesn’t require a lot of time or money to allow your team to take a breather and have some fun together.
Remember, there is much more than pay and benefits that help retain a good team. Create a work environment that feels impossible to leave!
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