Once you have found your dream team of employees, you need to retain them. It can be challenging to keep your team motivated – especially through rocky periods like a pandemic. It’s important to keep an open mind and listen to what your team needs from you.
Leaflet printing specialist instantprint surveyed 1,000 UK workers to see how they felt about their jobs during the pandemic and discover what they need to be happy at work. Nearly half admitted to looking for a new job and one in five had changed jobs since the start of the pandemic. A significant portion launched their own company or considered doing so.
The pandemic made many workers question their careers and what they need to be fulfilled professionally. Others may be feeling unsettled in their career and worried about financial stability in such unprecedented times. Business owners need to pay attention to these concerns and make changes accordingly.
Here are a few ways you can keep your employees motivated and happy in your company.
Listen to your team
Open communication is essential in a business. Organise weekly meetings to catch up with the team and discuss any challenges they have faced recently. Angela Hunter, instantprint’s Team Experience Operations Manager, said:
“The best way to deal with any concerns is to first get them out in the open. Give your employees an avenue to voice their feedback through surveys or Q&A sessions, and actually put changes into action following this feedback.”
Reassure your staff
If your employees feel insecure in your company, they will likely look for another job that offers more support and stability. Make an extra effort to praise employees for their hard work and create a positive work environment.
Send regular updates
The furlough scheme left many UK workers in the dark about their future. Some were put on furlough in 2020 and left to their own devices for months on end. Businesses need to keep in contact with their employees and send updates as often as possible, particularly as the scheme heads towards its conclusion on September 30. Call your furloughed employees and keep them in the loop even if you do not yet have anything to report.
Small rewards can make your employees feel motivated and valued. You could send a few thank you cards to outstanding employees or organise a team wellbeing day to check in with everyone.
After a year of working at home, your employees are probably in need of some team-building time. Organise a staff night or a volunteering day to get everyone out of the office and into a fun activity. Strong team relationships can make your company a more collaborative and positive place to work in.
Many offices are fostering a more flexible approach to working. Your employees could work from home for two days a week and be in the office the rest of the time. Be flexible and considerate of each team member’s situation.
Remember to keep the lines of communication open and support your staff through this challenging time.
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