2020 and 2021 have represented some of the most significant and sudden changes to work environments in recent memory. Many office workers found themselves working remotely either for the first time or more than ever before. As 2021 rolled around, many professionals considered radical changes to their work lives. This includes searching for new lines of work, finding remote opportunities and even retiring. Therefore, many organizations are facing an employment crisis. Microsoft offers some solutions to help maintain a low turnover rate.
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Why Maintaining a Low Turnover Rate Is a Priority
Research suggests that a major disruption of the workplace is underway. During 2020 and 2021, many professionals spent significantly less time in offices than ever before. Some went remote in early 2020 and didn’t return to in-person work for more than a year (if at all). There have been some serious impacts of this change:
- Desire for Hybrid Work: Many professionals have realized how much they can achieve when working remotely. While it is not uncommon to want some in-office time, many people are seeking environments that let them work remotely some of the time. Job seekers are increasingly reporting this as a high priority when selecting an opportunity. A surprisingly large number of professionals are willing to leave their jobs to find a more hybrid-friendly employer.
- Disconnectedness: Working remotely isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, many people report feeling more disconnected than ever before. Part of being a remote-ready employer is creating an environment that actively encourages and engages remote workers, rather than just allowing them.
- More Opportunities: With more employers being open to remote work, many professionals suddenly have access to opportunities that were previously unavailable due to geography. For example, a tech worker on the East Coast can get a job working with a Silicon Valley firm without having to uproot and move across the country.
These factors and more are creating a turnover crisis for many employers. The winners and losers of this disruption will be defined by who is ready to adapt to the new normal in which hybrid and remote work models are a priority for workers.
Key Concerns for Employees and Employers
If you want to maintain a low turnover rate during uncertain times, you need to start by focusing on employee happiness and engagement. For many professionals, flexibility is the top ask. People want to be able to structure their work around their lives more than they have in the past. They want to be trusted to get the job done while setting their hours more flexibly and working from home. This helps professionals get more family time and avoid the struggle of daily commutes.
Additionally, happy workers tend to be those who can engage well with their teams despite working remotely. One of the biggest losses when moving away from shared office space is the loss of casual, in-person interactions. With the right tools, employers can make sure that connection and engagement remain alive even in the hybrid era.
Promoting Remote Work and Hybrid Models With Microsoft Products
Fortunately, tools and technology are constantly improving to help with remote and hybrid work. For example, Microsoft Teams can blend virtual and in-person meetings cleanly. For most organizations, working in the office is an increasingly digital process anyway. Thus, having professionals use Teams to discuss, get organized, host meetings and record notes can be very effective. It also provides a great access point for remote workers.
Furthermore, tools such as Microsoft Viva and Yammer help organizations to improve their knowledge sharing and capturing. By digitizing many of the employee engagement experiences that have historically happened in-person, businesses can not only keep their remote workers happy but also build more robust organizational insights for the future.
Promoting wellbeing is also an important part of keeping people engaged in the hybrid era. While hybrid working theoretically allows more time for self-care, the reality is often that people have a hard time disconnecting. Viva offers functionality to help with this. For example, there is a feature that helps workers mark the end of the day by taking a moment to review personal insights and prepare for the next day.
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Ensure a Low Turnover Rate and Other Benefits Using Microsoft Cloud
With the right tools from Microsoft, you can achieve employee satisfaction and a low turnover rate. Cloudficient can help your business get there by helping you migrate to the Microsoft Cloud. Contact us today to learn how we can ensure a smooth and successful move from your legacy systems to Microsoft 365.
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