As everyone knows, the pandemic brought on multiple canges that affected the workplace. Even though the worst of the pandemic seems to have passed, many of those changes are here to stay.
One of those changes is the popularity of hybrid working. Traveling to a specific location one or two days a week and working remotely for the rest of the work week offers employees many benefits.
Hybrid working drawbacks
But hybrid working can also have its’ drawbacks. Many managers still believe that remote workers are not as productive as on-site workers despite evidence that shows this is not the case.
There are also studies that show that on-site workers are more likely than their remote counterparts to be promoted.
This is a phenomenon called proximity bias.
What is proximity bias
Proximity bias is the belief that remote workers are less productive and therefore less valuable than on-site workers. A recent survey showed that of the supervisors surveyed 67% think remote workers are more replaceable than those who are working on site. Also 62% felt that remote work is detrimental to employee career goals.
But because flexible working has such tremendous appeal, it has become one of the primary job requirements for jobseekers today. Many organizations are considering remote working as a strategy to attract top talents.
The Great Resignation
But employers also need to be aware of some of the other drivers that make their companies more attractive to jobseekers.
Everyone is aware of ‘The Great Resignation’, the title used to describe the phenomenon that occurred at the end of the pandemic. Because of the restrictions created by the pandemic, many workers were forced to work from home. When those restrictions were lifted, a surprising number of workers opted to quit their jobs in favor of gig work. Others opted to find positions where remote working was a possibility.
Unfortunately, an additional response was “quiet quitting”. Those who are quiet quitting are not actually leaving their jobs. Quiet quitting is the trend where employees put in a minimal amount of effort just to get through the work day.
PEW research found that the main reasons for quiet quitting in 2021 included low pay, few opportunities for advancement, feeling disrespected at work, and not having good benefits.
You may be experiencing quiet quitting when your employees are cynical about everything, or projects are not finished on time or with low quality, there is a lack of clear communication, or they seem disengaged.
Employee engagement and retention
When employees become disengaged this can trigger a cascade of problems. Research has shown that when one employee quits or leaves there is a likelihood others will consider the idea and possibly follow. In today’s economy with more job openings than there are workers, this is a real concern.
At this time more than ever, it’s important to develop a strong personal relationship with the professional staffing agency.
Competent Staffing Agency
Your staffing agency will get to know your needs and what you are looking for when you are ready to hire. If your situation is an emergency, using the latest technology, a competent staffing agency will immediately be able to notify workers that have the skills and work experience that fit your requirements.
Cynthia Becker & Bill Weber
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