Edison said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” In the office, when it comes to your best and brightest workers, watch out for stagnation and exasperation.
In a Deloitte poll of American workers, 77% reported experiencing burnout at their current job and 91% said having an unmanageable amount of stress or frustration negatively impacts the quality of their work. It was a prevalent feeling during the belt-tightening of the Great Recession, as companies shed workers and placed the burden on their smaller staffs to pick up the slack. As a result, workers solely had time for the essential work required to keep their businesses afloat.
Nowadays, employers can put their staffs in that position at their own peril. A far-improved job market means employees have plenty of other options and won’t hesitate to take advantage of them. This is especially true of young talent. Per the Deloitte survey, nearly half of millennials say they have left a job specifically because they felt burned out, a rate higher than any other age group.
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According to a Gallup poll of American workers, about 30% typically say they feel “engaged” in their jobs. The data shows a strong correlation between engaged workers – the ones who care most about whether the company thrives or fails — and the availability of professional development opportunities through their jobs.
Do These Things to Keep Your Best Employees:
A common thread between the leading workers in any industry is that they want to be the best. Don’t confine these high achievers to their cubicles. Help them reach the next level by getting them out of the office into environments that teach them something new and get their creative juices flowing. Here are five ways you can do it.
Conferences: The panel talks at trade shows and industry conferences offer a classroom-like experience that workers seldom see once their college days are over. Encourage them to attend these sessions to learn how to stay ahead of the curve in their industries. Conferences are also an outstanding networking opportunity. You may be a part of the best staff in the business, but there’s always something to learn from peers with different perspectives.
Skills Trainings: This is an item companies often treat as an unnecessary perk that they can’t afford to offer. In reality, they can’t afford not to. According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development. In an age when wildly popular technologies go extinct a year later, it is critical to keep workers at the fore of trends impacting how they do their jobs.
Tabling at Industry Events: There is perhaps no better way to learn about your company and feel more engaged than to talk about it nonstop for a few days. The answers you don’t know will force you to ask your co-workers questions and sharpen the blade for the next time you need to give a presentation or a sales pitch. The conversations you have will reveal invaluable insights on what your customers think about your services.
Work in Other Offices: See how the other half lives. If your company has offices in other places, give your employees opportunities to work in one of them every once in a while. Spending time with their colleagues is great for building company culture and working relationships that can yield greater success in the future.
Social Events: You’ll never break down the barriers between management and staff if they don’t get to know each other. Social events like happy hours or coffee klatches between members of different divisions give workers the chance to learn about each other’s passions and talents. These conversations may inform you that there’s no need to post an ad for external candidates when an opportunity for advancement opens up. There’s nothing quite as reinvigorating for an employee than seeing their work recognized with a promotion.
STOPit Solutions is working with industry leaders across the US to help support safe, healthy workplace cultures and encourage positive employee engagement.
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