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The things that employees look for in a workplace has changed and evolved over the past few years. This can make it challenging for some employers to keep up. If you take a look at the latest trends, you might be easily overwhelmed by all of the recent tips that are said to keep employees happy at work – nap pods, anyone? While there is a lot to consider when it comes to making this generation of employees happy and satisfied at work, these are the timeless aspects that your workplace should focus on.
The strict 9-to-5 workday is dead. According to data from a 2018 Global Talent Trends report, 51 percent of employees wish that their employer offered more flexible working options. Flexible work options can be applied to nearly any industry, including human resource professionals. And it is something to strongly consider. Not only is it good for the employee, but it can benefit the workplace, too. A recent report out of Stanford has revealed that over a nine-month period, flexible work employees achieved more, were happier in their work, took less sick days and even worked longer hours than their 9-to-5 counterparts. Consider offering permanent flexibility in forms such as telecommuting, flexible schedules and unlimited paid time off.
Health and Well-Being
A workplace wellness program that includes a myriad of wellness initiatives is crucial. Aspects such as wellness challenges and on-site health screenings are just two examples of wellness initiatives that can be implemented year-round. Keep in mind that it is not enough to just create these wellness initiatives, employees want the company to truly make an effort to create a culture of wellness in the workplace and expect leaders to lead by example. Other options that potential employees are drawn to include meditation programs, standing desks, and onsite workout facilities, Forbes reports. In addition to these initiatives, it should go without saying that employees are drawn to a safe working environment. But the workplace is failing. A survey from The American Working Conditions of more than 3,000 workers in the United States found that one in five Americans do not feel safe at work. Safety is critically important, whatever the industry may be. And policymakers are working hard to make American workplaces safer. You can take action, too, by implementing workplace surveillance in the form of wire-free security cameras, which can improve security around the working environment. This will lead to happier, more satisfied employees.
Today’s employees are seeking out meaningful work. You don’t want your employees to feel like they are just working for a paycheck and not something bigger. Employees don’t want that either. A Mercer Talent Trends study revealed that thriving employees are actually three times more likely to work for a company that has a robust sense of purpose. You can establish a greater purpose by developing a company vision. Other aspects such as showing recognition, expressing gratitude, discussing the meaning and value of the company often, sharing success stories both from employees and customers, and ditching a tunnel vision approach can all lead to a greater sense of purpose at work.
From offering permanent flexibility, focusing on health and well-being, and giving workers a sense of purpose on the job, your company can not only attract top talent but retain it, too.