Consider major organizational changes and the havoc they wreak on employees. Major change naturally results in uncertainty and fear, and eventually in folks starting to look for new jobs. If you think your job is on the chopping block, you’d start brushing up your resume too.
If your organization is undergoing a massive change, you need to anticipate this fear. Fear stifles productivity and innovation, and it’s terrible for retention. But if your finger is on the pulse of employee sentiment, you can turn this situation around.
This is the exact scenario Jesse Proudman, Founder & CTO of cloud-computing company Blue Box, faced. When Blue Box leaders decided it was time for a business pivot, employees became alarmed. Thankfully, as Jesse explains, his team was using TINYpulse, and employee engagement survey. They received feedback about these very fears, empowering management to embrace open communication and save critical members of their team.
If your company is on the brink of any of these situations, or about to embark on them, make sure you have your finger on the pulse of employee sentiment:
No matter the situation, the end goal is the same: keep your best employees. If proactively gauge their sentiment via an anonymous survey tool, they’ll tell you their fears. It’s then up to you to act on that feedback before these give you that dreaded two weeks notice.