Build a Community
Managing employees’ mental health is a large part of retention. Oftentimes we hear about a company culture. This involves the workplace environment and the feeling employees have towards each other, their superiors, and their employer. While culture is important, creating a strong local community can be just as important.
Younger generations are more geared toward social interactions, community and experiences than ever before. To build a strong community, companies should build ties with other local businesses. For example, company ABC can create a partnership with the coffeeshop two doors down. By encouraging employees to work at the local coffee shop, the coffee shop can offer a 25% discount to employees at company ABC. This is a win-win for both businesses. The coffeeshop receives loyal, recurring customers while employees at company ABC have a place to get away for a little bit while still working.
Another example would be for company ABC to partner with the gym on the corner. Now employees have a place to go let off steam when they’re having a rough day.
All in all, the goal is to create an environment where employees feel safe and valued. They have freedom and flexibility to socialize in the local community, while still working for their employer. This enhances employees’ mental health and appreciation for their place of employment – thereby, helping with employee retention.