The ongoing phenomenon of the “Great Resignation” has caused a significant number of employees to voluntarily leave their jobs to find a workplace that better aligns with their lifestyle and values. The crisis of leadership and work culture is one that needs to be corrected to retain workers. Improving office morale is a vital step towards this goal. However, simple tips like handing out free lunches or allowing remote work are not sufficient.
Focusing on the Root Cause
The Great Resignation demonstrates how employees are reevaluating their values and need for a better work-life balance. Merely raising wages has not been the solution. Employers must reevaluate their values as well to create a healthy work environment. Competitive pay and benefits are essential, but it is not the only factor that can influence employee retention.
Understanding the Value of Remote Work
Remote work has become a popular request from employees. However, remote work is about more than just the location of work; it is about giving employees control over their time and lives. Employers should show that they recognize and care about their employees’ lives outside of work. Flexibility with time, more time for hobbies, or spending time with family can be valuable to the employee. Incorporating a hybrid workforce can increase morale in and out of the office if the employee’s values are considered.
The myth that hours worked equate to productivity must be rejected. Long hours do not mean good work or productivity. Employers should leverage resources and technology to encourage good work. Rest is a vital resource to encourage good work. Encouraging different forms of rest, such as offering a meal delivery service or restricting work emails outside of office hours, can give employees the ability to give more when they are at work.
Incorporating Emotional Intelligence and Empathy
Investing in developing emotional intelligence (EQ) in leadership is critical in retaining employees. Understanding how to manage emotions and understand the impact on others is key to improving office morale and employee engagement. Managers who exhibit and act on emotional intelligence and empathy openly and frequently can create a positive workplace culture that retains talent.
Improving office morale is a long-term project that requires consistent changes in attitudes, mindsets, and actions. There are no shortcuts, but the investment is worth it to retain top talent.