In this time of layoffs and dissatisfaction: tips for retaining team members

To keep their current workforce engaged, companies need to be more agile than ever before

July 11, 2022
Have you been thinking about changing jobs lately? All over the world, companies have struggled to retain their team members. In the Netherlands, 76 percent of the working population has considered applying for another job. Leaving an employee can affect team morale, productivity, and performance.

To keep their current workforce engaged, companies need to be more agile than ever before, as employees are intolerant of outdated business practices. Vista highlights four key areas to keep your team engaged and work-life balance.

Work from home and flexibility
The pandemic has put many things in perspective for the workers. They are no longer satisfied with too much work pressure and are no longer willing to sacrifice their mental health, privacy and family affairs for their jobs. Working from home has been shown to improve people’s quality of life and overall team performance. Cimpress and Vista have been contacted by 300 percent more applicants since the company moved to permanent home work in August 2020. Giving people the flexibility to work where and when they are most productive can significantly improve the team member’s experience and automatically expand employers’ reach to find the right people.

Special benefits for external team members
With the perks that companies offer, employees can put their well-being first. These factors also indirectly affect increased employee satisfaction, commitment, reduced revenue and stable team dynamics. Businesses should tailor their services and welfare resources to the needs of their home workers. For example, by providing access to mental health tools and resources, access to sports equipment, nutrition counseling and local forms of support.

Promote self-care to prevent burnout
Since companies have switched to working from home, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of burnt out. This is because the dividing line between work and private life is less clear. To address this, it is important to create an environment where team members feel safe speaking out when they are overwhelmed, promoting self-care and encouraging a healthy work-life balance. For example, by encouraging to take time off, whether it is on vacation or a day just to catch your breath.

Ask team members for feedback and respond to it
Team members want to actively contribute to achieving the organization’s goals, but they also want to be listened to and seen that their feedback is taken into account. If employers ask for feedback from team members through surveys, listening sessions and other input options, highly effective corporate policies can be developed. Team members’ feedback should be central to any decision, creating a deep-rooted sense of cooperation, support and responsibility while working from home and encouraging the sharing of different mindsets.
In general, employees want to be heard, have flexibility and put their well-being first. Nina Coopmans, Benelux Country Manager at Vista, says: “There’s a huge opportunity right now for companies to really listen to their employees, to build a new work structure that reflects what people really want, need, and that is viable in the new work from home paradigm.” The employees are clearly ready for major changes, and it is up to the companies themselves to implement these changes.

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