A recent Forbes article claimed that “Focusing on Creating a Compelling Employee Experience” was the Number One HR Trend for 2017.
The employee experience can be broken down into three distinct parts. First is the technological environment or the tools the employer is providing their employees to help them be successful. Are they using the best technology to get the job done? Second, is the physical environment, or the workplace in which employees work on a day to day basis. Does the workspace foster creativity? Comradery? Finally, the third part is the Cultural Environment, or how employees feel about their organization, the leadership and their compensation and benefits, etc.
A typical blind spot for employers, however, is the employee’s life outside of work, which must be considered part of the total employee experience. Can Employers also make a positive impact there? Absolutely. A Company that goes the extra mile for their employees and their families can dramatically increase employee satisfaction. Sure an ergonomic chair is nice, but what about my child’s education?
Executive decision makers often take a “set it and forget it” attitude toward corporate culture, but this is completely outdated tactic. Demographic and attitudinal shifts will be felt more this year than in any previous year. New political conditions and the flood of young people entering the workforce will put significant pressures on companies to change archaic workplace culture.
In 2017, companies will find they are faced with a workforce that is decreasingly willing to accept anything less than a deeply satisfying and stable work experience, as well as a satisfying work/life balance.
One way that companies can stay ahead of the curve is to invest more resources in reshaping their corporate relocation services. A company like Relocity can provide a “value-add” by going the extra mile to make certain that new employees and their families are settling into their new home life smoothly. The small investment can pay dividends down the line when you look at the employee’s overall productivity as well as the Company’s retention rates.