Achievers’ fourth annual Employee Engagement and Retention Report has found that 52% of employees are looking for a new job this year, a 43% increase from 2020 and 2019.
The survey of 2,000 employed adults across North America found that the pandemic has pushed many employees to their breaking point at their current organization.
But what exactly are workers looking for and what do employers need to do in order to boost their retention levels?
Feedback is key. Hearing what employees want from their workplace will be important when creating post-pandemic policies and strategies.
The survey showed that 60% of respondents said their organization sought feedback on some of the following issues, such as improving the employee experience and company culture, getting involved in racial and social justice matters, and their remote or hybrid work preferences post-pandemic.
Still, employees reported little to no action to address these issues and 19% of respondents said their company is horrible about acting on feedback.
Another way to improve the post-pandemic workplace is to foster a culture of recognition. With 71% more employees being disengaged this year than they were at the beginning of last year, it’s essential for employers to do more to improve their company’s culture.
This is not only vital for high quality work, it is needed for retention. So show employees that they are appreciated for their contributions and let them know they are an essential part of the team.