In 2021, everything is not about money.
Employees, especially the younger lot, look for other perks like flexible working hours, mental health care, permanent remote work, and generous vacation time.
The current job market is in the favour of the new empowered employee, and companies should offer more than just a high salary package to get the best talent.
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Many organizations are forcing employees to be back to offices simply because it is easier to command, control and hustle when people are physically present in the office every day.
Remote working breaks the commanding leash that managers have on their employees and the constant surveillance that the employee goes through.
Post-pandemic, any mandatory requirement to be daily present in the office seems out of place and even obsolete, as employees show great results while working from home.
Most employees working overtime remotely proved that their job can be done while sitting at home, without compromising on quality or any deliverables.
Now, the pandemic has(seemingly) subsided, and vaccination efforts are ongoing, companies are recalling people to their physical offices, full time. They now face an unheard of reality: Employee's needs, working styles and preferences have undergone drastic changes over the past year.
People have experienced all kinds of losses in the past eighteen months. Job loss, loss of friends and loved ones, loss of freedom and human contact. This has made them realize what is truly important in life, creating a quest to find meaning and purpose.
The extreme circumstances have made people resilient and have opened their eyes to new possibilities and alternatives that were not on their mental radar before.
Many surveys indicate employees looking to quit their jobs, and data shows that in April 2021, 4 million people quit their jobs in the US.
The pandemic caused people to reflect over their lives, as their identities were suddenly switched. Instead of being in the office all day, they were at home taking care of the kids, shopping and doing office work.
There’s a very clear and current phenomenon of people experiencing a waning interest in their work.
Particularly at the beginning of the pandemic, people started spending a lot more time at home and that gave them a lot more downtime. When you’re in the office and it’s hectic, you don’t have as much space and time to think. Being at home made people start to question: how can I live a life or have a career that’s in line with what I’m actually interested in?
If and when you return to your office after the pandemic, you'll probably notice some changes.
Purpose matters more than ever. People who don’t feel their work contributes to their company’s mission are 630% more likely to quit their jobs than their peers who do.
The way to help employees rediscover the purpose in their work is to make every task and project mission driven. Managers can tie each team member’s work back to the bigger picture of why what they do matters to the world. When assigning tasks, managers should consistently outline answers to: Why is this project important? How will it impact others? How does it fit into the company’s broader mission?
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