Three new ways of work to engage today's employees

Tech savvy, upwardly mobile and highly discerning employees today have higher expectations of what their working day should look like. Here are three tips on how to attract and retain these savvy workers.

The profile of today’s employee may well be a female, dual-income earner or a senior – all of whom are technologically savvy and digitally connected globally. Expectations have also changed and work-life balance is now a top concern for these employees.

How then, can employers attract, manage and retain talent in an evolving employment landscape – one with shorter business cycles and longer work hours?

Here are three simple strategies.

1.   Offer Flexible Work Options

When employees can manage and fulfil their personal commitments, they are happier and tend to be more productive at work. Employers can offer flexible work options like telecommuting, hot-desking, home-based work and even include places with professional office support like Smart Work Centres (SWCs). One such provider is Regus. They can be found in selected public libraries (e.g. Jurong, Geylang and Toa Payoh) across Singapore, and are equipped with Wi-Fi, video conferencing, printing and photocopying resources.

2.  Cultivate Work-Life Harmony

Working females, dual-income earners and seniors have different priorities and perspectives at work. As an employer, you need to cultivate and enhance work-life harmony within this diversity. This could take the form of job redesign, offering a range of leave benefits such as sabbatical leave or paternity leave, offering flexible working hours, implementing best practices for re-employment or even getting mature and experienced employees to mentor younger ones. Outside of work, organise teambuilding activities which transcend age and gender to encourage employees to interact.

3.  Promote Workplace Health

Healthy employees are an organisation’s greatest asset. They are happier, more productive and are less absent from work – resulting in reduced costs. Implement programmes or activities to help your employees improve their general health, mental health or health knowledge. Some examples include healthy snacks in the pantry, subsidised health screenings and talks on aspects such as a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, smoking. You could also organise workplace sporting activities such as football and bowling teams, or encouraging staff to participate in five kilometre walks or marathons. Not only does physical activity improve mental and cognitive focus in the workplace, it also helps employees bond.  

The benefits of a flexible workplace

As James Dyson, founder of the bagless vacuum cleaner, once said: “As a modern employer, you have to treat people well.”

With government funding schemes available to enhance work-life harmony and promote workplace health, your organisation has nothing to lose. Instead, it has everything to gain from higher retention rates, increased employee loyalty and greater employee engagement levels.

Try out these strategies today, and who knows, your organisation may reap immense benefits!

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