What Challenges Does Your Organisation Face This Year?
Common problems that companies have when it comes to employee retention. Find out how to improve engagement and communication in 2018.
Are the managers in your organisation too busy with meetings and conference calls to spend time with their staff? Are you struggling to retain employees and have noticed a loss in productivity as a result? If you have any concerns about the individuals that make up your teams, or the collaboration between different departments, then 2018 is the year to introduce some positive changes to strengthen your teams and improve engagement for your employees.
It Starts At The Top
The annual Job Exodus Survey of 2018 conducted by Investors in People (IIP) has revealed that 47% of employees in the UK intend to search for a new role this year. 49% of those looking to leave are doing so because of poor management in their current role, 43% believe that they could earn a better salary elsewhere and 29% don’t consider that their skills are valued in their existing job.
Leaders who don’t have time for their staff can’t expect much to get out of them. Managers should take time to have regular discussions with their team members, giving them clear goals to work towards and talking about internal career possibilities. Failure to take an interest in the individual worker can result in employees feeling that they’re not valued within the organisation and that they don’t have a future there in terms of promotional prospects.
Conversely, managers who take the time to get to know the individuals within their team, will be able to relate to them better and guide them to work with their colleagues, bringing out the best in everyone.
The Challenges Of Remote Working
Of course, the rise in remote workers has created its own challenges for managers. Recent estimates suggest that half of the UK workforce will be working remotely to some extent by as early as 2020. This flexible way of working has proven popular with employees and is thought to be a great motivator, giving people the opportunity to cut their commute and achieve a better work-life balance. But unfortunately, although there are undoubtedly significant benefits for employers, there are also challenges when it comes to team management. It can be hard to maintain excellent communication between remote employees, particularly if they’re operating in different time zones. The camaraderie that is built up naturally in an office, can be missing in remote work, and team relationships can suffer as a result.
However, it is entirely possible to improve communication between remote workers, with the help of a little technology. Schedule regular team conference calls and make it mandatory for these to be video format only. The chance for a face-to-face meeting goes a long way in building relationships between your team members. You can also utilise communication apps such as Slack which allow employees to send real-time messages to various departmental channels, so that all staff members can be kept in the loop as to what’s happening.
Team Building Activities
One way to bring together your remote workers as well as providing an opportunity for your managers to work alongside their staff, is to get everyone in your organisation participating in some bonding activities. Zing Events team building company run events either in the office or at an external location, where employees at all levels get the chance to work together, improving their communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. But by enjoying activities such as the ‘It’s A Knockout’ tournament or participating in a Crime Scene Investigation, participants don’t really realise they’re working and focus only on the fun that they’re having outside of the office environment.
If your teams could do with a boost this year, then it’s time to brainstorm some ways to strengthen relations and book a team-building event to get your employees working better together in 2018.