I don’t particularly know why, but I came across an article out of Australia last week that caught my eye and got me thinking about working at our “passion” jobs. The reason I headed in that direction mentally was the description of what life is like for these various politicians after they lose an election….
Now, the shortage of people leading to overworked stressed, and burned-out workers is the headline, but if you look at the reasons given in the article below, it’s not “just” that. It’s where that situation leads. When you’re short-staffed and constantly putting out fires, you don’t really take the time to think about showing appreciation, helping employees grow their skills and careers, or creating a diverse workplace.
Yet those are the exact things that employees are looking for elsewhere.
Appreciating and growing your employees is not something that is “nice to have” anymore. It’s a requirement.
So often, I see people sitting and doing the same job, the same way, year after year. Some people are OK with that, and it becomes difficult to help them grow because they are resistant to change. Most people, however, do not want that to be their career, and so they leave to find a place that allows them to grow. If you aren’t the place that supports their growth, you are at risk of losing them to a place that will. It’s really that simple.
Ask yourself a simple question, if the best way to grow your own career in a remote environment is to intentionally identify the culture and then deliberately try to use your time to network internally, learn new skills, etc. why would we, as leaders, not do what we can to make that easier? Why put all the burden on a new hire to learn the ropes and find the best people to connect with or the best places to learn when that is information that we have and can share with them?
What intentionality can we include as part of bringing in new people, or connecting the people and knowledge that already exists within the team?
Leaving it up to chance is not the way to go. It was never really the best way to go but in an office, it might have been a little harder to notice. Everything must be intentionally created with remote teams—communication, connection, knowledge-sharing, etc.