According to pollster Morning Consult, 55 percent of American workers say they would consider leaving their job if they were asked back to the office before they felt safe.
This news has extraordinary ramifications for employers, who are already suffering due to millions of employees calling out sick, retiring early, and choosing to take a break from work thanks to childcare issues and a change in personal priorities.
In order to have any chance of keeping the employees you have and attracting new talent, organizations must bend over backward to meet people’s needs and give them what they want. But unfortunately, companies are not very good at this.
Historically, leaders have created work environments based on their preferences and then expected employees to like it, deal with it, and be grateful to have a job. How times have changed.
The organizations that are going to come out on top in our new world of work are the ones which converse with employees, understand their needs, and build a culture that meets or exceeds people’s desires. ‘Safety’ can now be added to the list.
Jill, What Can I Do? Create and disseminate a ‘Return to Work’ survey. The results will enable you to check up on your employees and their readiness to get back to work in view of the pandemic situation. Because if you order employees back to work before THEY are prepared, YOU may not be prepared to handle the potential fallout (crippling resignations). Snap Surveys has an excellent list of questions to help you understand how your employees are feeling about returning to work, which you can access here. Thanks for getting it.