Boss Worried Workers Disconnected Will Inspire Great Resignation
Executives today are faced with a conundrum. After two years — and some changes — working from home, their employees increasingly feel disconnected from their peers and the culture leaders say they worked so hard to foster.
Integrated work as it is built today has certainly eliminated the office culture of many companies. At the same time, however, return-to-office policies have mostly failed. Office capacity has hovering somewhere just under 50% for a whileand even when workers go to the office, they will be greeted by quiet small room and abandoned water coolers.
A boss to do?
The answer seems to be: Worry. Two out of three executives fear their employees will quit to find another job they feel more engaged with. find a recent survey comprised of 1,600 remote and hybrid employees and C-suite executives from the as-yet-unlaunched workplace connectivity app Airspeed and research firm Workplace Intelligence. Three-quarters of executives believe their employees will leave even if it means making major sacrifices, like taking a pay cut or going part-time.
It seems that fear has been formed. The same survey found that feeling disconnected was the top reason workers gave to explain why they would leave. Number of people who quit their jobs in July, the latest available data, little changed at 4.2 million.
More than 30% of people who work remotely and hybridly say they feel lonely. Most workers say they don’t feel their colleagues care about them. That was hard, considering the overwhelming amount of time we spent at work and friendship in the work that we used to be.
Missing link: connect
Are things so bad that executives and their employees can really agree on what sick workers should be amid the enthusiasm for returning to the office? The question now is what to do with it, because the RTO quest doesn’t work (use the office made recent increase to 47.5%compared to the typical 43% of most summer).
“The transition to remote working has been a huge challenge for businesses and their employees. However, our findings suggest that most executives don’t fully grasp how much of an impact this change will have on their workforce,” said Doug Camplejohn, Founder and Director Airspeed executives said in a statement. “A lot of people report feeling lonely, disconnected and isolated from their colleagues and company. We are now at a critical juncture where leaders need to prioritize connectivity, or they risk losing their best employees at a time when most can’t. ability to do so”.
More than 70% of employees say they don’t interact as much as they would like when working remotely: 81% said they prefer to use technologies, like Slack, to connect with colleagues, while nearly 60% said they are not satisfied with their current level of connection and 24% do not have the tools to socialize while away.
Such data coming from work from the ages is forcing companies and their leaders to scramble to understand what the outcome will be and how best to move forward. Making sure employees feel connected is their biggest challenge right now, the executives surveyed said. Nearly 90% of them say improving culture and connectivity in a mixed working world is one of their top priorities this year.
“Workers today expect more than just competitive salaries and good benefits — they want a real sense of belonging and community,” said Dan Schawbel, managing partner at Workplace Intelligence. “While building connections in an age of isolation is not easy, the right technologies can play an important role in bringing this vision to life.”
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