Has the Return to Office Led Employees To Quit?

The past few years have shown a major shift in the workplace environment. With so many jobs going fully remote during the pandemic, we’re now seeing pushback from employees who are being asked to return to the office full-time. People are referring to this as the “great resignation”, as so many employees are quitting their jobs that hashtags like #quittingmyjob #quitmyjob are trending on social media with hundreds of millions of views. Let’s consider this phenomenon called the great resignation, and how you can improve employee retention.

What Does The Great Resignation Mean?

More people than ever are voluntarily quitting their jobs as society seems to be rejecting the existing corporate model for the workplace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 2021 held 47.8 million voluntary job vacancies, and 2022 is not looking much better with 4.4 million people resigning from their jobs in February alone. These are the highest numbers that the Bureau has recorded since first tracking this data in 2001.

So, this trend is more than just a social media craze, and it’s happening all over the world, not just in the U.S.

But Why are People Quitting?

The influx in remote work over the past two years has given people time to reevaluate their priorities and see what’s possible when not tied to an office 40 hours a week. With companies now pushing for a return to the office, employees simply aren’t willing to give up the freedom that remote work provides. 

Many are Generation Z age group, who joined the workforce during the pandemic, have tried to come back to the office, and have found a significant drop in workplace satisfaction, resulting in resignation.

Some are parents who, after getting so much time with their children during work from home, are simply not willing to give that up to return to the office.

Others are dropping the corporate model altogether in favor of freelance work, which provides total time and location freedom to freelancers, allowing them to travel and choose their hours.

Whatever the specific reason is, we’re seeing a huge shift from the “climb the corporate ladder” mentality of the last decade or so. Employees are now prioritizing a healthy work/life balance and putting their personal needs in front of those of a company. 

How Can I Improve Employee Retention?

The companies that are not struggling with employee retention during this great resignation are the ones willing to meet their employee’s newfound needs. If you care about maintaining devoted, engaged, and productive staff, it’s proven crucial to offer them the flexibility and autonomy that they desire. This typically looks like offering fully remote or hybrid remote and in-office positions. 

AE Technology Group is here to help you put remote or hybrid practices in place with reliable technology solutions to support them. Give us a call at (516) 536-5006 to learn more.

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Using Smartphones for More than Instagram

On average, people spend 3 to 5 hours a day on their smartphones and mobile devices, and can we blame them? Today’s smartphones give users almost everything they could possibly need, technologically, in the palm of their hand. 

Many business owners are concerned with mobile device management because they don’t want employees wasting time at work, but is this truly what’s best for your business’s productivity? Today, we’ll establish what smartphones are most commonly used for and how to use mobile devices to your business’s advantage.

What Does the Average Smartphone Usage Look Like?

Everyone and their mother has a smartphone nowadays and, with all their capabilities, you may be surprised to discover that many people use their smartphones for the same basic functions, like texting and email. Let’s take a look at the top 10 most popular things people use their smartphones for and discuss what that could mean for your business.

  1. Texting – 88%
  2. Email – 70%
  3. Social Media – 68%
  4. Camera – 61%
  5. News – 58%
  6. Shopping – 56%
  7. Weather – 54%
  8. Banking – 45%
  9. Watching Video Content – 42%
  10. Gaming – 41%

Can you identify the one thing omitted from this list? 

That’s right: making phone calls. The study this data was taken from showed that only 35% of smartphone users actually make calls with their mobile devices. A quarter of respondents hadn’t made or received a call in a calendar week, and 33% of respondents said they would ignore a call that they weren’t expecting. 

How Can You Use this Information for your Business’s Mobile Productivity?

As we mentioned, smartphones can do so much nowadays that it’s easy to misuse them, or not use them in ways that benefit your business the most. Here are some points to take into consideration when implementing mobile device management policies.

Use Smartphone Usage to your Advantage in Sales and Marketing

If you’re having marketing or sales employees make hundreds of phone calls a day, you’re probably wasting their time and your money. Cold calling is an extremely outdated strategy as studies have shown, that most clients don’t answer unknown callers anyway. Try gearing your marketing and sales efforts towards smartphone features that your target audience actually uses like email, social media, and video content.

Increase Productivity by Implementing Employee Smartphones

According to several studies on work–smartphone correlation, nearly all businesses that allow employee devices, whether they are provided by the organization or through a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, see a 20% increase in overall profitability. And, as we all know, increased profitability means there’s been an increase in productivity. 

Rethink your Mobile Device Management Plan for the Office

Since people are so tied to their phones nowadays, it can cause contention when they’re told not to use them. Removing mobile device privileges at work makes employees feel belittled. While it’s understandable that you don’t want an office full of people playing Candy Crush, it’s important to trust that your employees are adults and should be capable of balancing their work duties while sending a text to a friend every now and then.

Smartphones equal happy employees, and happy employees equal more dedication to your business and less employee turnover.

Improve Customer Experience with Mobile Devices

By having company mobile devices where employees can better communicate with customers, you can greatly increase your overall customer experience and satisfaction. As we viewed in the study above on smartphone usage, many customers may prefer texting or messaging on social media with employees over more traditional methods like phone calls and emails. By having these options available, you’ll be able to gain more returning customers by improving their experience with your business.

A smartphone is an exceptional tool for business, despite what more traditional authoritarian office structures might want you to think. If you would like to talk to one of our experts on how to structure a mobile device management policy in your office, give us a call at (516) 536-5006

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