Amongst employers everywhere, there has been a recent shift in focus to the employee experience. With this new focus comes a greater discussion on how and where employees do their work. Work locale possibilities include a singular location where everyone works together, multiple locations, remote work, etc. Work style and communication can include virtual tools, such as video chat and collaboration software. Whereas work place might include re-designing company spaces to allow for different types of work environments, such as collaboration rooms versus individual offices. Employers who consider implementing these possibilities should consider how each change will align to the company’s value, vision, mission, and culture.
There are many popular trends and styles to consider when re-thinking a company’s culture. When choosing, keep in mind what will best benefit your workers and if these changes will align with your company’s current policies and practices. When changes to the employee’s experience align with a company’s mission and values, it often drives success.
A strict nine-to-five is becoming a thing of the past. According to the 2018 Global Talent Trends study, 51% of employees wish their company offered more flexible work options. This flexibility can take the form of telecommuting, flexible schedules, unlimited PTO and more, allowing for employees to maintain a positive work-life balance. Not only does this attract top talent to your company, but it also reduces workplace stress and encourages productivity amongst your current team.
Effective communication is very appealing to potential and current employees. There are plenty of tactics that employers can use to streamline communication and increase productivity. According to a recent Gallup study, managers who use a combination of face-to-face, phone and electronic communication are the most successful in engaging employees. Be sure to utilize tools such as Slack, Basecamp, Smartsheet, etc. as well as in-person meetings to create a cohesive workplace in which virtual and in-person collaboration is encouraged.
Commitment to Well-Being
Engaging in workplace wellness initiatives does more than just promote healthy habits. These initiatives show employees that their employers truly care about their health and well-being. Wellness programs add so much positivity to the workplace, and are seen as a major perk to potential employees. In addition to these programs, make sure you lead by example and create a culture of wellness within your organization.
One of the most important current workplace trends is the employee’s desire to work with a purpose. Yes, profit is important. But think of ways to provide employees with a sense of purpose as well, so that they are working for more than just a paycheck. According to Mercer, thriving employees are three times more likely to work for a company with a strong sense of purpose. Working for the greater good of society boosts employee motivation, productivity, morale and overall job satisfaction.
Employers are continually adopting various tactics to improve the work environment of their employees. However, sometimes seemingly innocuous changes, like adopting a flexible work schedule, may not work well if managers are not adept in managing virtual employees. To introduce change effectively, consider developing a change management plan. Having a plan in place will help to ensure that changes made to the employee experience will align with your company’s current mission, vision, and culture.