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Did you know that remote work in the U.S. grew 216% between 2005 and 2019, even before the pandemic? With the adjustments businesses were forced to make in 2020, that number only continues to increase. Flexibility in the workforce is no longer an extra perk but has become an expectation for employees. Harvard Business Review indicates this trending increase in remote and hybrid work will continue in 2022 and beyond and will only serve to increase employee turnover.
So, what does that mean for your business? Obviously, flexibility is a key offering for retaining your staff. But the commitment to decreasing employee turnover must go much deeper than that. Companies need to step up, focus on their company culture, and think about what truly empowers and inspires employees to stay committed and enthusiastic about their work. In other words, they need to focus on what makes their employees T.I.C.K.
It should be self-explanatory. Trust is the cornerstone for any successful relationship. Unfortunately, a focus on establishing trust can sometimes end up low on the priority list in organizations. Trust is ultimately associated with performance and productivity. When employees feel they are trusted by their leadership, they are inspired to deliver.
A lack of trust, in fact, is “the biggest expense in organizations.” All of those issues that pop up for leaders – leadership, sales, performance – always tie back to an issue with trust.
Here are a couple of key things to remember about establishing trust in your organization.
Employees who have a sense of belonging at their workplace are 5.3 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work. As an organization, a focus on inclusion allows each of your employees to be their most authentic self. And when someone can use their authentic self to make an impactful contribution in their workplace, that is the truest sense of belonging and inclusion. You’ve given them purpose.
Here are ways you can promote inclusion in your organization:
Many companies overlook the importance of communication to empower and motivate their employees. A well-thought-out and consistently delivered communication strategy keeps employees informed and engaged. But don’t forget that communication is a two-way street. As an organization, ensure that you are listening, taking in feedback, and doing so on a consistent basis. That should be part of the communication strategy too.
Here are a few ways you can improve your communication to empower employees:
A whopping 74% of workers report that “a lack of employee development opportunities is preventing them from reaching their full potential.” And there are similar statistics that drive home just how important it is to invest in your people. Giving employees the knowledge, tools, and prescribed opportunities to learn and grow is an essential part of empowering and inspiring. And when you provide those things as an organization, you are giving them a reason to stay and commit to a career with you.
Here are a few specific ways to encourage your employees through knowledge and growth:
Your employees are the backbone of your company. It’s important to keep them engaged and motivated. Understanding what makes your employees T.I.C.K. is just a small part of the many ways you can empower your workforce.
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