Employees are leaving their jobs in droves. 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September 2021, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation. And many of these resignations start with a story like this.
Recently, my friend accepted a senior level leadership position. Throughout the interview process, the senior leadership team was attentive and responsive. On her first official day as an employee, she flew to the corporate office to attend an on-site meeting. When she arrived, no one was expecting her. An employee showed her to an empty office and said, “I guess you can sit here.” The desk was dirty and the carpet was stained. Lunch time came and went without anyone checking to see if she needed anything. Without a key card, she couldn’t access the restroom without having to ask someone to let her back in the office.
Later that afternoon, she attended a staff meeting. One of the managers looked over at her and said, “Who are you and why are you here?” Needless to say, she started to second guess her decision to join the organization. She thought, “will I receive the same level of support from leadership to achieve the aggressive goals they set for me?”
My friend’s experience speaks volumes to the workplace culture of her new company. Workplace culture can be defined as “what it feels like to work here.” It is a collection of attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that make up the atmosphere in a work environment.
The Great Resignation has spurred the Race for Talent, a race to attract and retain top professionals and workers in the most competitive of job markets. But many organizations are doing so without much pause to consider why these resignations are happening in the first place.
To keep their people, leaders need to carefully examine their workplace culture.
How would your employees rate your workplace culture on a scale of 1-5? Is it thriving or is it in need of a tune-up?
If your workplace culture could use a tune-up, start with these key areas:
A company’s biggest asset is its people. Getting the most out of this asset makes a huge
difference in attracting and retaining talent. According to CultureIQ, “companies with strong cultures saw a 4x increase in revenue growth.” Fine-tune these four areas of your workplace culture and you’ll have the best chance of keeping your employees and attracting top talent in 2022.