41% of employees considering leaving?
I received this article and link from PSMJ recently in their executive forum thread.
“A recent Microsoft study found that 61% of business leaders say they are thriving while 60+% of staff-level employees say they are struggling. What is even more striking is that 41% of those surveyed say they are mulling leaving their jobs.” You can find an article with more detail on the survey here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-22/bosses-are-clueless-that-workers-are-miserable-and-looking-to-leave
My commentary; this is a deep issue. So much of it involves the need for more “self awareness” for everyone. The physical, mental and emotional whiplash effect from transitioning, or trying to transition, out of COVID19 lockdown, in whatever form, is real. Working remotely stifles the full impact of social connectivity, culture, the more predictable and interactive environment of office life. Working remotely for specific reasons or for short sprints, is a great option. Staying remote indefinitely is not.
This is a deep well and I can’t do it justice in a short blog. But many people are tired. Many bosses are tired. Many think “they are ok” but they are not. My first question to everyone now is “how are you doing?” “Is there anything I can do for you to help?” Liberal use of calls from managers and ownership to staff via video chat really helps.
The number one predictor of long life in the top ten indicators is social connectivity and engagement. Think about it.
There’s turnover happening and it will continue to happen as people evaluate their life and options. We have been working to mitigate the side effects and rebuild connection and culture at my company but it’s all dynamic and an emerging picture for all of us.
I would love to hear from others on this topic. If you have story to share, please comment.
How are you doing?