Tech, the Big Quit, and human connection

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When the COVID-19 epidemic forced millions of businesses to close their doors, remote work suddenly became commonplace for the world’s top corporations. Suddenly, the systems and processes on which corporations relied for decades were thrown out the window. But, this time of change also marked the beginning of technological advances and requirements that had not previously been seen or taken into account before capturing the trend of working from home.

Remote work before the epidemic was already on the rise; A Gallup study found that 33% of American workers worked from home in 2019 in certain capacities. Now, that number is up to 67% of Americans who work remotely. Currently, multiple trend reports, as well as anecdotal studies, show that most Americans expect their jobs to stay away from anyone in any form or fashion. Clearly, this is not a short-term trend and we should all start thinking about the importance of maintaining a connection with this new form of difference.

With this in mind, there is a major difference between a company that has closed its physical doors and moved everything into the online space, and a company that has truly embraced digital transformation and is working to make employee online experiences just as important and unique. . – The person did in past generations. All of these changes are consistent with one of the biggest events our country has witnessed in decades.

The Great Resignation or Great Rishfall is an economic trend where millions of American workers have voluntarily resigned from their jobs. The trend began largely in early 2021 amid concerns over wage stability, inflation, stimulus aid from the government, long-term job dissatisfaction and health and safety concerns surrounding the epidemic.

The companies that are working with technology solutions and advances that have been created for the upliftment and empowerment of employees are the ones that will come to the forefront in the minds of employees in this age of great resignation. Types of access to new forms of technology providers go beyond weekly video conferencing with your manager.

Collaboration and project management tools, direct chatting platforms, fresh and reliable HR access and time tracking are just a few examples of how to maintain a human connection in this new age. But what else?

So, the question on the mind of every business owner or operator is: How can I keep and retain employees in this time of uncertainty, inflation and technology? What do I need to do to ensure I provide and how can I support an ongoing employee engagement and positive work culture?

If your business is currently in remote-first capacity, I have a few thoughts about employee retention, experience, and motivation. The first is simple: identify what will make your employees happiest. Do a “stay” interview with your current employees and decide exactly what they are looking for. Ask questions like:

“Which work framework works best for you and your lifestyle?”

“How does our current work environment promote your growth? How can we improve it?”

“What do you want to see from the company in terms of employee development and engagement?”

That sounds like a simple answer to a complex question, but if you want to help the people you work with stay with the company, understanding their specific needs and desires is the first place you should start.

The second step, in my opinion, is to take stock of all the extraordinary virtual and digital experiences that can be used for human connection. We’re seeing them come into play with major organizations tapping into these metavers.

Some of the companies that have experimented with creating their own virtual worlds include Facebook’s Horizon and Microsoft’s workspace. These mega-corporations have taken into account the fact that employees are experiencing extreme zoom fatigue as a result of spending many hours a day in a flat, 2-D video conferencing experience.

So go to the side, zoom in… now we can be creative and make our team’s virtual meetings feel real, casually socialize through our own digital avatars and really create and collaborate as if we were face to face.

If companies embrace the idea of ​​using the power of tech and supplying their teams with headsets and software, it will allow people closest to you to have a more distinct voice where people farther away allow for more real connection and communication. . Like living in the same room, you can make one-on-one connections with a co-worker even when the environment is full of 30 other people!

By allowing employees space or experience in the virtual world, other opportunities also suddenly become available. Now, wheelchair-bound employees can join the company’s VR basketball team, or two teams from across the country working in the same “room” on the same virtual model. Productivity is essentially infinite.

Virtual experiences will only continue to enhance our world experience, and I believe that a huge arm of that experience is our work life. Depending on your industry, you spend between 50-90% of your day working somewhere or with your colleagues. It’s important that you enjoy the experiences while you’re there.

Li Yao is the head of people in the offbeat media,


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