Here are four principles to apply.
At the end of 2021, the rate of resignations in the US was the highest in 21 years. Generationally though, only 18 per cent of Baby Boomers and 22 per cent of Gen X changed jobs. Millennials led the way, with a whopping 52 per cent resigning. What is the makeup of your workforce, now and in the future? Out-of-date strategies won’t cut it.
Your employees are combatting stratospheric costs of living. The global inflation rate peaked at 8.8 per cent in 2022, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts 6.6 per cent for 2023. Compared with pre-pandemic inflation of 3.51 per cent in 2019, this is a marked difference. The decision to change jobs may be more of a necessity than anything else.
Have a culture demonstrated behaviorally through open discussions on such serious pain points. Joint problem-solving and brainstorming innovative ways to combat some of these issues creates engagement and a feeling of being in it together. Be transparent about what you can and cannot deliver. It builds trust. If you want loyalty, trust is the titanium link. In today’s working world, we are all upskilling and reskilling our employees. But, it is a new kind of stress and pressure. Provide a supportive environment of understanding and patience.
Mistakes are a necessary part of learning. Make them OK. It further strengthens relationship bonds. The good news is that learning environments keep people. Even better, companies that excel at internal mobility retain employees for an average of 5.4 years.
Your role differs from pre-pandemic times. Leaders are more involved in their employees’ quest to support the vision of their life’s meaning and purpose. To be a successful promoter of your evolving employee needs requires leadership skills to care, nurture, mentor and inspire. To do so, know your employees really well. Those casual catch-ups or coffees promised, which are sometimes missed, make a big difference. Make them your priority, not a peripheral fill-in. They are valuable times to connect.
We can never totally combat resignations. Nor, as leaders, can we ever negate making those difficult calls on cost-cutting and redundancies. We can, however, make the exit in either situation as good an experience as possible. When global research shows more than 40 per cent of employees who changed jobs in 2022 felt they were better off in their previous job, it’s a no-brainer to make it oh-so-easy for your valued ex-employees to return.
Originally published by www.insideretail.com.au