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How to Retain Good Employees - 5 Tips Every Employer Needs

Yair Lehrer
July 2022
Today, both employees and employers realize that they need to find new ways to put the personal touch back into remote work.

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Remote Work Doesn’t Need to be Low Touch

Now that the pandemic is (hopefully) in our rear-view mirror, we’re starting to see businesses try to flip the switch back to ‘in-office’ from ‘remote’. But it’s not really working. The reason? Having had a taste of the comfort that goes hand-in-hand with remote work, employees are not in a rush to race back to the office 5 days a week.  So like it or not, employers need to accept that remote work is here to stay.

What’s interesting is that the employees who love remote, actually hate it a little, too. They miss the fun of face-to-face team interaction. They miss the thrill of in-person brainstorming. They miss the emotional satisfaction of being part of a team.

And whether employers embrace remote grudgingly or wholeheartedly, they’ve got a learning curve, too. They’re learning to measure productivity and output differently. They’re learning how to retain good employees. They’re learning to support remote staff alongside in-office workers. Mostly, they’re learning to swim upstream in a volatile hiring market, alongside the slowly reversing trends of The Great Resignation and the challenges of wage inflation.

Today, both employees and (specifically) employers realize that they need to find new ways to put the personal touch back into remote work.

Five ways bring your remote team together

There are tons of new ways to bring remote teams together – so you don’t need to try to duplicate the direct face-time that comes with the in-person office experience. If you’re wondering how to retain good employees – get creative. The things that remote employees crave from the face-to-face experience can be easily integrated into remote. How, you ask?

1.  Reinvent In-Person

Rethink binary workplace thinking. Consider local workspaces (enter anywell!) as an alternative to either fully-remote of fully on-premise work.

We have seen first hand that local coworking is a fantastic way to get employees together in a productive environment, somewhere different and inspiring. By working from local workspaces  remote work becomes an optimal solution, not a temporary fix. It shows team members that you value their productivity and task completion, rather than simply counting the hours logged in front of a computer at home. And it enables teams to get together and work outside the office, yet still close to home.

2.  Celebrate life events

Hallway birthday best wishes. A congrats on a child’s graduation. It’s the intersection of life events with office culture that creates community and belonging. When thinking how to retain good employees on remote teams, try:

- Sending remote team members party hats, DIY cocktail kits or other treats, then scheduling an online team party to celebrate larger life milestones like births or marriages.

- Sending a hand-written thank you note to each team member’s families, congratulating them on the milestone or event, and letting them know how much their loved one is valued and appreciated by the company.

- Finding a well-reviewed restaurant in the team member’s neighborhood and ordering a family take away in honor of their event.

3. Check on your team’s well being

Everyone needs personal recognition and a chance to be heard. Ensure that remote team members are getting the attention they need and deserve by:

Setting up regular one-on-one meetings with each team member. Make sure the meetings are long enough to facilitate open dialog, but not so long that they become burdensome. Schedule carefully and leave flexibility to extend meetings on the fly, if necessary.

  • Try having these meetings face to face and in a neutral space to make it more informal and break the norm. This will make it easier to share issues and allow the conversation to be flow naturally
  • Occasionally recognizing a team member’s accomplishments by inviting a senior leader to your team meeting to give employees a shoutout. 

4. Enable water cooler moments

Random meetings during the day (“water cooler moments”) spark the deepest personal connections and most innovative business and technical ideas. Being remote doesn’t mean missing out on these moments. Make them happen by:

- Taking a few minutes at the beginning of each formal meeting for general chatter

- Opening online meetings by asking each team member to share a personal milestone

- Have employees meet face-to-face at an offsite location, such as one of the variety of local workspaces  anywell has to offer. This is an awesome incentive to retain employees, and allows them to recreate the water cooler moments in diverse and compelling venues.

5. Get a look at each other’s lives

Sharing pictures and stories in the office is great, but actually experiencing a team member’s home space is powerful. For remote workers:

- Encourage team members to forego virtual backgrounds during group meetings, and show their surroundings

- Ask one team member per meeting to share a recent family or personal picture

The Bottom Line

Both employees and employers are still learning the ropes of our new hybrid work world. To stimulate productivity, offer incentives to retain employees, and enhance employee satisfaction – and more and more employers are turning to local and inspiring workspaces  model to get there. 

anywell has recognized the importance of having flexibility for both employers and employees. And that’s why we have a wide variety of local workspaces spread across New York City - from coworking spaces to restaurants and cafes, our locations are the perfect way to retain good employees. We know that coworking brings teams together, gets remote employees out of the house, and breathes new life into team creativity. To see what anywell can offer your employees, contact us today. 

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