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Collaboration is key to employee retention – here's how to harness it

  • 7 mths ago

Flexibility might be at the top of an employee's list of reasons to stay in a company amid a pandemic – but a new research has shown that another factor could be key to retaining staff.

A study from workplace analytics provider Humanyze revealed that employees are also influenced by collaboration in the workplace.

According to the survey, employees are also considering access to their direct manager (27.9%), team or department colleagues (24.6%), and company leaders or mentorship (23%) as important factors in staying at a job.

The behavioural analysis of the report revealed two primary collaboration styles, namely "open door" and "closed door."

"Open-door" teams frequently communicate with colleagues of any hierarchy within the organisation. They are also more likely to stay than "closed-door" teams, which are siloed, interact mostly with the same groups, are disconnected from the broader company culture.

"Of course, salary and flexibility will remain important to workers, but our analysis shows why employee interactions must be a top priority for leaders," said Taemie Kim, Humanyze's co-founder and chief scientist, in a statement.

"There's a clear connection between retention and a company or team's collaboration culture. This is much harder to manage without physical proximity, so hybrid/remote organisations must be even more intentional about encouraging these connections.

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