5 steps to stop turnover in its tracks

Building a remote-friendly workplace

When surveying 326 executives in our 2022 State of Talent Optimization Report, we found that employees who are required to be fully on-site are more likely to leave their current company. Advancements in technology, ongoing health concerns, and the need for work-life balance are just a few reasons why people might look to more remote-friendly organizations. 

Unfortunately, the solution’s not as simple as just flipping a switch in your company and making everyone remote. Among the people we surveyed we also found that, surprisingly, the companies with the lowest turnover were those that have primarily on-site employees, with options for remote employees.

This finding suggests the answer isn’t just about working from home or from the office. Rather, it’s about flexibility and providing the right options when workers need them. In fact, the No. 1 factor that causes people to leave is inflexibility in their work options and schedule.

This is true for many decisions in the workplace, but especially so when it comes to how your employees do work. Don’t make that decision for them. Transparency goes a long way; if you take a shot in the dark with a decision without consulting your people, chances are you’ll miss. Instead, take the time to listen. Your employees might not want remote options, or they might all want remote options. You don’t know until you’ve surveyed your organization. 

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