We all agree the workplace is very different than it was in 2020. We may be working at home, some or all of the time. We’re working in casual clothing and may even participate in meetings with pets or children on our laps or at our feet. Employee priorities of what is expected of their organizations have fundamentally shifted. If one thing is for sure, it’s that workplace culture is changing.
Studying Workplace Culture in 2021 and Beyond
In April 2021, Wiley surveyed 4,500 respondents, including working professionals from various industries. The objective was to learn more about what could be done to help employees maintain a healthy work/life balance and ultimately keep stress at bay to avoid losing top talent.
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When asked what impacted their organization’s success:
- 44% said the organization’s employees
- 33% said the organization’s leadership
- 12% said the organization’s products or services
- 8% said the organization’s reputation
Stress levels in the workplace
When asked what stress levels were, currently, with hybrid or work-from-home status, respondents said:
- 42% high-stress levels
- 36% moderate stress levels
- 22% low-stress levels
And then, when asked what the organization could do to lower stress levels, respondents said:
- Additional personal time off (PTO) or mental health days
- Greater work hours flexibility
- Non-work time to connect with colleagues (even if virtually)
- Listening sessions with leadership
- Training opportunities (Read this post to learn about investing in your employees and protecting your employee training budget.)
Making employees feel valued
Next, respondents were also asked what the employer could do, and the response was, “Make me feel more valued.” And if so, I will feel more:
- Valued and appreciated
- Connected with the organization
- Happier to collaborate
- Myself if there is a culture of inclusion
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Workplace Culture is Changing
According to Wiley,
“Things have changed. Your organization has changed. You have changed. The old you who protected your privacy and considered what to share at work is now being interrupted in the middle of meetings by one of your kids who just wants a hug. The old you that spent an hour getting ready in the morning is now rolling out of bed with five minutes to spare, only to throw on a quick top, keeping your pyjama bottoms firmly intact.”
“If you are a leader, we urge you to put your people first. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because keeping your people and reducing turnover is better for your bottom line. And if you’re a people, consider sharing this information with your leaders, so they have the right insight they need to take a people-centred approach to business, ensuring you (and other amazing talent like you) stay on board. Whatever the future brings, we know people are going to be at the core.”
What is important now is for organizations to ensure they have a “people-centred workplace culture” that suggests a kinder and more empathetic workplace where everyone cares a little more, especially about the people behind the scenes.
Ultimately, employers need to create a win-win environment that serves the organization’s best interest and its people. Everything DiSC® Workplace offers training to do just that. Click here to learn more.
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