Leaders face a series of challenges while navigating the post-COVID-19 return to work. They must retain star employees, attract new recruits, and maintain a healthy culture as the workforce adjusts to a new reality that will include more remote and hybrid work.
The 10 Elements of Culture That Matter Most to Employees
- Employees feel respected. Employees are treated with consideration, courtesy, and dignity, and their perspectives are taken seriously.
- Supportive leaders. Leaders help employees do their work, respond to requests, accommodate employees’ individual needs, offer encouragement, and have their backs.
- Leaders live core values. Leaders’ actions are consistent with the organization’s values.
- Toxic managers. Leaders create a poisonous work environment and are described in extremely negative terms.
- Unethical behavior. Managers and employees lack integrity and act in an unethical manner.
- Benefits. Employees’ assessment of all employer-provided benefits.
- Perks. Employees’ assessment of workplace amenities and perks.
- Learning and development. Employees’ assessment of opportunities for formal and informal learning.
- Job security. Perceived job security, including fear of layoffs, offshoring, and automation.
- Reorganizations. How employees view reorganizations, including frequency and quality.