Is Your Company’s Culture Scaring Off Top Talent?

In a year filled with uncertainty, stress, and shifting workplace models, employees want to work for an organization where they’re comfortable, where they feel like they belong. They also want to work in an environment where they can advance and where they feel supported to do their best work.

Are you giving it to them?

Jobs are plentiful right now, and high performers (both your current employees and potential candidates) have their choice of opportunities. If you’re not building a great place to work, you could be scaring away top talent.

Healthy company culture is critical to keeping employee stress levels low and engagement and productivity levels high. It also helps you attract better talent. So, ask yourself: Are you doing everything you can to improve your corporate environment?

Use these tips from PrideStaff to make your organization a better place to work:

Create both real and perceived proximity.

With 72% of business leaders expecting the future of work to be hybrid (Forbes), organizations need to create and foster a strong culture no matter where work is performed.

Physical proximity is one of the biggest barriers to the connectedness and empathy you need to support a great culture. But by creating both real and perceived proximity, coworkers, teams, and entire departments feel close, engaged, and intertwined with each other’s success.

The Forbes article shared several ways to create the right conditions for effective culture in a hybrid environment:

  • Increase transparency and communication. When people aren’t gathering around a watercooler, it’s tougher to keep up with what’s happening. Be intentional about keeping everyone in the loop – sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly. This openness builds trust and strengthens relationships.
  • Be intentional about articulating your shared purpose. Tie individuals’ work to your company’s big picture and overall goals. Make sure everyone knows how and why their daily efforts matter.
  • Hold people accountable. While flexibility and empathy remain important, accountability reminds people how important their work is to your company.
  • Find ways to be fair, sensitive, and inclusive about how you refer to and treat team members. Guard against creating two camps in your company of “remote” and “on-site” employees, so that people are treated equitably (in terms of rewards, recognition, and accountability) no matter where they work.
  • Tweak your approach to conflict resolution. Distance can make conflict less constructive, so establish hybrid protocols for healthy, civil disagreement and moving issues toward resolution.
  • Make sure “out of sight” isn’t “out of mind.” Be purposeful about making yourself personally accessible, and create processes to check in with team members regularly. Look for opportunities to increase collaboration and interaction throughout your company.

Build a culture of mobility.

Talent mobility – the ability to identify, develop and effectively deploy your best people where they’re needed most – is good for individuals and your business. It increases cross-functional collaboration, strengthens team bonds, and drives innovation. And it’s great for your culture. In fact, this Harvard Business Review article cites multiple studies showing that actively moving employees into different roles is one of the best (yet underused) culture-boosting techniques in companies today.

To create a talent mobility culture, incentivize managers to rotate high-potential talent, actively developing employees and providing new growth opportunities. By keeping your best people adequately challenged and growing with you, they’ll be less likely to look for greener pastures. 

Work with PrideStaff.

Temporary employees provide the support you need to keep your direct employees happy, engaged, and working at peak efficiency. We can supply highly trained and motivated temporary staff:

  • for last-minute call-offs;
  • to assist during peak demand periods;
  • to balance workloads and prevent employee burnout;
  • or, to handle time-consuming activities that rob your team of productive hours.

Contact your local PrideStaff office today to learn more.