According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 75% of workers believe there is more on-the-job stress now than a generation ago, with 40% of that group placing themselves at the high end of the stress spectrum. In tumultuous times, leaders must know how to encourage employee resilience to combat the resistance that builds and hinders potential.
By this time in the year, your focus is likely set on how you’ll revamp and improve your internal communications strategy for 2020. You know the weight it has on your company’s success, and you need to make sure it’s primed for optimal employee engagement, direct and transparent, and unique to your organization's needs. But are you really planning for the long haul?
“Hi, Dr. Sharkey! I keep hearing about all of the trending employee experience tricks like natural light in offices, unlimited vacation, and many other perks. But do all of these tactics really increase productivity? I’m wondering what you feel is most important when it comes to creating an employee experience that increases productivity.”
It’s impossible for the employee experience not to be impacted by social issues and awareness. When companies are able to embrace the concerns that affect their teams and prove they care about the same causes, it breeds loyalty and positivity, even when the issues at hand are hard to swallow.
“We now have the youngest and brightest teaching the oldest,” Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, explained 20 years ago regarding the efficacy of reverse mentoring.
In his first project focused on reverse mentoring, Welch paired 500 junior and senior employees. He hoped it would result in the junior employees teaching senior employees about new technology and tools.
And it worked.
“Dr. Sharkey, as I’m sure you’ve heard, financial experts predict a recession in 2020. Understandably, this sends some employees into a panic. Panic often leads to a loss in productivity or even retention. What can I do to keep my team calm with the predicted recession?”
In every industry, people are looking for an improved employee experience through increased empathy in the workplace. In fact, 93 percent of employees say they are more likely to stay with an empathetic employer.
“Everything is changing, as you know, Dr. Sharkey. What we know as the future of work today could be different tomorrow. This intimidates many of my employees. They fear a robot will take over or a better-trained candidate will move in to claim their role. I’ve heard a lot about lifetime learning mindsets, but I don’t know how to make it a true part of my employees’ experiences. Can you guide me on this?”
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Creativity is an employee experience must-have for every organization. In fact, employees in all roles benefit from creative thinking. It opens the door for problem-solving and innovation for the company as a whole.