During the pandemic, employers and their staff learned a lot about the way work could be, and changes were made. Now, as the pandemic begins to recede, employees are seeking new experiences and opportunities due to a number of factors.
For employers, this is leading to a shortage of workers across the country. The Great Resignation sees those working finding new careers and leaving where they’ve spent a lifetime of work.
Maybe you’ve already experienced this or you’re waiting for the bubble to burst at your company. Wherever you are, here’s how you can prepare for the Great Resignation of 2021.
Focus on retention
People are going to leave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. Understanding that people are looking for more flexible opportunities, you can adapt where possible to make your workplace the kind they want.
If you can, offer hybrid or remote options. Consider new benefits, like mental health days and additional office closures. Show you care about your employees beyond just their work to keep your team in place.
Still, you need to have a plan in place for exit interviews. This way, when people do leave, you can learn from them and work to improve your company.
Begin examining your workforce
You’re going to lose people, but the question may be, do you need those positions? Do those positions need to evolve? Before you jump into filling holes, really look at the work being done and how your company has changed over the last year and a half.
This is the perfect time to restructure because everyone is transitioning, out of a pandemic, back to the office, and into new roles. You’ve been in response mode all this time, and now it’s time to plan.
Make sure that you have the temporary coverage you will need
Even if you decide to restructure, it’s likely you’ll need some temporary help in the meantime. Understanding that the Great Resignation is going to reach you means you need to be prepared to bring on help.
Find an employment agency in your area that specializes in your field. Connect with them and begin to build your relationship so they know who you are and what you’re looking for in your workforce. This way, when the time comes, you can quickly bring on temporary coverage.
Use Sterling to quickly solve your hiring challenges
Whether you’re experiencing turnover from the Great Resignation or you simply have a role that’s hard to fill, Sterling will help you solve your staffing puzzle. Contact us to learn more about how we can help today!