Trust: A Key Recruitment & Employee Retention Tool
Surveillance, badge swipes, geo trackers, and IP monitoring are just a few of the interesting mechanisms companies are putting into place in order to compel employees to work on site. And of course, it's not working, and the tug of war is not a great place for a company to be in when they are trying to hire, and also retain employees.
With the latest statistics indicating that 59% of workers would choose remote work over onsite, silent quitting and the labor shortage impacting organizations, it seems like a good time to go back to the basics of professional ethics as a hiring, and retention strategy. It is quite elementary as building trust in, and at your company will improve your organization's public image, and help attract great employees. When you hire great people that love your company tracking them becomes a moot point as their quality output speaks for itself. If companies are implementing some of these tracking devices to make sure an employee is onsite, and working maybe you are hiring the wrong people..
Other tactics that erode trust include micromanaging, reviewing every detail of tasks, consistently questioning an employee's decisions, and withholding information. These negative strategies undermine the autonomy and responsibility that should be granted to a professional. An organization that wants to attract high performers, and retain their workers should carefully weigh implementing unpopular policies that have a high probability for negative implications on job satisfaction, productivity, and career growth.
Your organization leads should ask does this new game plan build trust? It's important to ensure that the values of your organization align with the values of your employees. When employees feel that their personal values are reflected in the company's culture, they are more likely to trust that their interests will be prioritized. By actively seeking input from employees, you can better understand their values and make adjustments to strengthen this alignment, fostering a sense of trust and belonging.
In The Great Recalibration spurred by the pandemic workers started looking at what was really important to them. Working from home brought a better work-life balance, and the excitement of approaching work in a novel and entrepreneurial way. Recent studies show that professionals with flexible working environments are happier.
Companies that prioritize their employees wellness have higher retention rates, and a more positive public image. Trust is the bedrock upon which successful companies and thriving workplaces are built. It is the essential element that fuels collaboration, empowers employees, and fosters a positive and productive work environment. In today's fast-paced and competitive business landscape, trust has become more important than ever. From trusting your employees to trusting your company, cultivating a culture of trust is crucial for achieving long-term success.
When employees trust their leaders and the company they work for, they become more engaged in their work. They take ownership of their roles and become invested in the success of the organization. Trust empowers employees to be proactive, innovative, and collaborative.
It drives them to give their best effort and contribute to the company's growth. Trust and employee engagement go hand in hand, creating a powerful synergy that propels organizations forward.
Threatening employees with disciplinary action and in some instances termination unless they work onsite does not foster an environment of trust, and makes the company look very inflexible and unattractive.
It's hard for an organization to position their brand as a cutting edge and forward thinking organization when Big Brother policies and procedures that harken the McCarthy Senate Hearings are in place.
A recent Wall Street Journal piece shared how companies are reviewing badge swipes data to see if employees are working at the office as mandated!
Again, if these unfriendly tactics are being used because the work is not getting done or is lacking maybe there is a deficiency in clear direction, and leadership. Additionally, you may want to consider updating your recruitment process because you are potentially not hiring the right fit for the roles.
In the deeply insightful words of 60's icon Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'. Remote work is here to stay, and companies that are forcing workers to work on site are hurting their ability to attract and retain workers.
Organizations that want to be relevant, exciting and attractive to current and future hires are encouraged to find unique ways in creating a healthy, and positive remote work culture that impels trust. When employees feel empowered, and trusted they will go above and beyond for the organization without the spy devices. Feel free to reach out, if you would like to have a detailed conversation on how these strategies can be implemented as part of a wholistic talent acquisition, and retention tool.
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