The Great Resignation rocked the workforce in 2021, taking a sharp turn from what many companies expected to be the year of returning to the workplace.
Although employment rates have grown, millions of people have quit their jobs over the past year leaving organizations with another crisis on their hands.
Now, knowing how to attract and retain employees is the focus of conversation among business leaders. But in order to remedy the issue, employers need to understand the root of this job exodus.
The past two years have delivered a hefty serving of stress in both the personal and work lives of employees. Such stress derives from all corners of life, including Zoom fatigue, lack of childcare services, poor internet connection, feeling isolated, and more.
The CDC has outlined which work-related factors can add to stress throughout the pandemic, such as:
- Being exposed to Covid at work
- Balancing personal and work responsibilities
- Managing heavy workloads
- Not having access to the necessary tools and technology for remote work
- Feeling uncertain about future employment
In order to address these sources of stress that can lead to employee turnover, leaders need to take a more open approach to managing their teams.
At The Vida Agency (TVA), the marketing company abides by the mantra “pura vida,” meaning “pure life.”
Using this phrase, TVA has been able to cultivate a culture that shares power and engages in deep collaborative processes, thus allowing employees to work their best.
TVA’s internal research team also uses its own methodology, coined the “Vibe Check,” to determine what employees want from the company.
For instance, the company found that employees prefer meetings to be conducted in 25- and 45-minute increments. This allows them to tend to their personal needs, such as taking breaks, going on walks, and more.