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3. Take Flexibility to the Next Level
Ask any employee what they want more of, and they’re likely to answer: better work-life balance, which translates to more control over when and where they work.
According to a recent survey, 98% of U.S. employees want to work remotely at least part of the time, and 57% are ready to switch jobs to do so. Not surprisingly, studies show that, when employers issue return-to-work mandates, attrition soars while recruitment plummets.
So, offer as much schedule flexibility as you realistically can. If you can operate effectively with remote and hybrid work arrangements, by all means, do so. Because if you don’t, somebody else will.
4. Build a Culture of Respect
Of course, you want to ensure that all your employees feel respected in your workplace. But it goes deeper than you might think.
Neuroscientific research reveals that being treated disrespectfully activates a powerful physiological reaction in the primitive area of the human brain, triggering an all-out fight-or-flight response.
Dismissive managers, rude coworkers, department cliques…even in mild forms, these all can contribute to a toxic culture, which does indeed result in flight—to kinder, more inclusive employers.
Therefore, make sure your employees and managers receive respectful workplace training. Conduct 360-degree performance reviews. Survey your workforce regularly, while confirming that HR takes all complaints seriously.
In addition, build the habit of celebrating all your accomplishments—on the employee, team and company-wide level. Be generous with praise and recognition. Find a zillion small ways to show employees that they’re valued and appreciated.
All of these steps will contribute to a happier, more gratifying, “I-love-my-job!” workplace. And what employee would ever dream of fleeing from that?