The majority of us find our job 💼to be the focal point of our pursuits, serving as a gateway for our passions and means to create an impact in the world 🌍 Life is not a spectator sport 🚫 If you’re going to watch, then participate, if you’re going to sit on the sidelines, then get off the field. As I reflect on my 12-year journey in the profession, having worked across diverse industries, one undeniable truth remains: in the grand scheme of things, it all boils down to the power of human connection ❤️
I’ve been immersed in a whirlwind of news lately, witnessing a phenomenon unfolding before our eyes—the rise of a paradigm-shift movement in the world of work 🌊 It’s a wave of change that’s been dubbed the ‘Great Resignation,’ where individuals are stepping away from their jobs and embarking on new paths of self-discovery 👩💼 According to reports, there has been a significant increase in the number of employees resigning from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in recent months. The company’s head of HR has acknowledged that there has been a higher number of resignations from female employees since the company ended its work-from-home (WFH) policy (Varma, S., 2023).
TCS is one of the largest IT services companies in the world. However, the company has been facing an increase in employee resignations in recent months🚪This is likely due to a number of factors, including the Great Resignation, the rise of remote work, and the desire for more flexibility. TCS is not the only company that is experiencing an increase in resignations. Many other companies are also seeing a similar trend (Srivastava, S., 2023).
One way that organizations can address the issue of employee resignations is to improve engagement and literally focus on delivering a better experience that builds a connection👥 Even with GenAI in play, this particular element still demands an elevated status through additional advancements. Employee experience (EX) talks about the extent to which employees are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work. It is a key factor in employee retention, as engaged employees are more likely to stay with their company.
💡Presented here are a few quick wins that businesses can exploit to begin delivering a more remarkable employee experience (EX)
Regularly communicating with employees: Communication is the key 🗝️Irrespective of how much you underplay it, proper, timely, and engaging communication is just what you need to build a cohesive team. This includes providing updates on the company’s progress, as well as listening to employee feedback. Employees appreciate keeping them informed and empowered to contribute their ideas.
Giving employees a voice: This includes creating avenues for employees to share their feedback and allow them to unveil the blindspots. This way you also offer opportunities for employees to participate in decision-making and take them along the way on this journey to enhance the overall EX ✨
Recognizing employee contributions: This is perhaps the most used or misused aspect which may have lost its charm 😵💫 However, it is essential to devise initiatives that can identify individuals who have gone above and beyond in cultivating team stability, developing others, enhancing team synergy, and consistently achieving their objectives. Either, you recognize such employees or you may prepare to watch them go 👀
Providing opportunities for professional development: Understanding the impact of market-driven L&D, organizations can enhance employees’ job satisfaction by offering tailored learning opportunities that support their growth and skill development 🧠
By implementing these initiatives, organizations can improve employee engagement and retention. This can lead to a number of benefits for the business, including increased productivity, reduced turnover, improved morale, and increased innovation are just the tip of the iceberg 🧊
However, it is important to note that employee engagement is not a silver bullet. It is one of many factors that can contribute to employee retention, but it is not the only factor. Companies need to focus on all aspects of employee satisfaction in order to retain their best employees. Ultimately, the best way to retain employees is to create a workplace where they feel valued, respected, and engaged. By doing so, one can ensure that its best employees continue to contribute to the company’s success ⚡
But it’s not all left to the organization, you have a role to play too…
If you are an employee at an organization, you can help to improve employee engagement by 🌟
- Providing feedback to your manager about your work experience 💬📝
- Participating in company events and activities 🙌
- Recognizing the contributions of your colleagues 👥
- Suggesting ways to improve the company’s work environment 💡
- By taking these actions, you can help to create a more engaging workplace for everyone 🤝
Happy to hear your thoughts on this!
Varma, S. (June, 14, 2023). More women TCS staff quitting is ‘unusual’, says HR Head. Retrieved from https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/are-women-quitting-tcs-because-of-return-to-office-policy-what-the-hr-head-said-10790301.html
Srivastava, S. (June, 14, 2023). TCS, largest employer of women, faces female resignations surge as WFH ends. Retrieved from https://www.peoplematters.in/news/life-at-work/tcs-largest-employer-of-women-faces-female-resignations-surge-as-wfh-ends-38152