On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses what companies need to do to keep employees satisfied and loyal: implement hybrid working models.
Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to learn more about why hybrid working models will soon be dominating the business landscape:
“So, if you want to keep and attract the best personnel available, you better be prepared to get creative, become flexible and more accommodating than ever before.”
– Jeff Sloan
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Good morning, Paul!
Businesses, as we know, are focused on bringing back their workforces, and with that objective comes a lot of challenges: Should we do it? When to do it? How to do it safely? On top of it, some employees are not so sure they want to come back to working in the office as opposed to working from home or at least working remotely.
So as business owners, what to do? Well, now is the time to get creative about designing programs tailored specifically to your workforce’s needs and desires, your work environment and the needs of your business. The buzzword of the day: hybrid, as in hybrid working models may rule how we all work in the future.
Now, the spectrum for working models is vast. For some employers, allowing employees flexibility on which days they go to the office and which they work from home is a big enough shift. For others, though, it’s not nearly enough. They want to or perhaps, in some cases, have to, go a step further and tear up the old models entirely.
The last year has brought a complete shift in how people balance work and lifestyle to the point that requesting more flexibility is no longer a nice to have, but in many cases, a prerequisite for even staying with a job, staying with a company in the first place. There was so many people expected to quit their jobs this summer — a trend that’s been dubbed appropriately “the great resignation” — onus is on us as employers to make their work cultures attractive. Some companies are going as far as partnering with local bike shops, cafes and restaurants, even the microbreweries in community halls, about how to pair up to deliver a workspace model that suits employees’ specific needs and demands.
Look, no matter how far you’re willing to go, the fact is that there’s a shift of power going on right now, and it seems that employees are beginning to have more leverage than ever over where they’ll work and how they’ll work. So, if you want to keep and attract the best personnel available, you better be prepared to get creative, become flexible and more accommodating than ever before.
I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.