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How to Make Your Post-Pandemic Company Better Than Before

COVID-19 has been a very tricky time for companies around the world to navigate. Businesses needed to do things they have never done before, like work from home, attend video conference calls, and experience a lapse in breakroom donuts. As we strive into the future together, we cannot revert to the same ways; let COVID-19 be an opportunity for a better, brighter future for your company. Here are five things your organization can do to make your post-pandemic company even better than before.

Increased Flexibility

COVID-19 has shown us the importance of workplace flexibility, and now, it is no longer a benefit, but an expectation from employers. In a survey from Zenefits, they found that 77% of workers have flexibility as a top priority in their job search, which means offering a flexible workplace will be crucial to hiring great talent. The transition to a more flexible working environment must happen quickly because about 30% percent of workers have left jobs due to their lack of flexibility. 

So, the spectrum of flexibility will vary from team to team. Still, you can offer flexibility with better PTO policies, WFH benefits, and empathy for sick employees – because if this pandemic taught us anything, it is to stay home when you feel sick! 

Enhanced Digitization

The quickness of the pandemic pushed workers around the world to dial in on their digital skills. Suddenly, workers needed to establish a WFH office to maintain a “normal” workday. For a boost in efficiency, we expect an increase in video conferences and other technologies to make your workforce more agile. Make the necessary investments in the technology your post-pandemic company needs to keep the ball rolling and your team more productive.

An Overload of Sanitizer

Once everyone returns to the office, workplace hygiene will be at an all-time high. Employees washing their hands and sanitizing throughout the day will become habitual, and honestly, completely necessary. An overload of hand sanitizer and other cleaning routines should be encouraged to ensure the safety of all employees.

Clear Expectations

Transitioning into a post-pandemic world will have its own set of challenges. It is different than it was previously, and you need to lay out clear expectations for what you want from your employees. Clear communication and building trust with your team will be essential as we start to return to work.

Laid-Back Dress Code

Professional outfits hit the back burner while WFH parents had to work from home and watch their children. As we transition to a new normal, there’s a trend toward casual dressing. If appropriate, relax your dress code protocol to make your team feel a little more comfortable as they return.

So, let’s reimagine your post-pandemic company: more flexible, caring, and safe. Relax the strict workplace rules that have been around for decades and offer your employees a workplace experience that they won’t want to leave.

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4 Foolproof Ways to Retain Talent

HR professionals around the country dedicate their careers to retaining great talent at their organization, making it their ultimate goal to hire AND retain the best talent. Yet, over 50% of organizations globally claim they have difficulty keeping their most valued employees. So why is that? Talented employees that quit within the first six months reveal that their parting was due to poor onboarding experiences, workplace culture, and working conditions. This issue begs the question: how can your organization offer the most competitive and appealing environment that keeps employees around for the long haul? Here are four ways your company can retain talent now (and into the future). 

Flexibility

The demand for workplace flexibility existed before the Coronavirus outbreak, and now, because of the virus, companies were forced to offer it. Providing flexibility in the workplace is not about being lax with workplace rules; it has more to do with understanding every employee as an individual with different circumstances and needs. If your organization can provide this flexibility, you extend a branch of trust, and your employees should as well. Therefore, if there is trust within your team, your employees will stick around longer. As businesses begin opening back up in the post-pandemic world, you should look at it as an opportunity to start new with flexibility at the forefront; therefore, it’s imperative for companies to not revert back ti their old, strict habits.

Recognition

The companies with the best retention rates are the ones that recognize their employees for their hard work. In fact, according to HR Technologist, 63% of employees recognized in their career are extremely unlikely to seek alternative career opportunities. Simple acts of recognition not only retain talent but strongly motivate employees as well.  You can provide praise through financial compensation, promotions, meaningful verbal acknowledgments, awards, and more. Whatever suits your company’s culture, find a way to incorporate it into how you treat and recognize your talent.

Clear Expectations

Do you know that setting goals and deadlines for your employees motivates them and encourages longevity? Recent research has proven that employees with clear goals have higher performance, but also improved emotional well-being. Thus, setting goals makes people happy, and happy employees are more likely to stay with your organization. Help your employees set manageable goals, and neither party will regret it!

Growth Opportunities

In the same light that clear expectations motivate employees, growth opportunities have the same effect. If an employee has the opportunity to grow within the company, they are more likely to stay. People tend to avoid companies where there is no sight of change, and the work is relatively stagnant. Providing your employees with a meaningful and happy workspace is a foolproof way to increase employee retention. Retaining great talent is extremely crucial because the cost of replacing a single employee can exceed 200% of their annual salary. Great talent creates a good culture. As the job market picks up, so will the need to preserve your talented team.

If your company is facing problems with retaining your staff, reach out to Johnson Service Group today. We can help you source employees that want to make an impact and stay with your team for the long haul.