Talent retention. That’s the word on everyone’s mind when it comes to HR and company culture conversations. And it’s a seismic problem.
- Loyalty is at an all time low.
- Mobility, all time high.
- Millennial mindset makes it exponentially harder.
And booze fests deemed “team building” don’t work. Even skills training are not effective long-term (he writes, when a large part of the business I run does just that).
So how do we work towards making our staff, team and compatriots feel happy, fulfilled and downright at peace with the work they are doing right now?
In short, it’s an inside job.
Step 1: Reduce Stress by Calming the Mind
We must remember it’s not within our reach to make others happy. Only individuals that can do that for themselves. What we can do is lead the horse to water and teach tools to quiet the mind, nourish the spirit and develop a path to a routine that will reduce stress.
Build a regular practice of no distractions. Cultivate clear minded thinking time. Learn non-reactive habits, like turning off ALL notifications from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and even text messaging. We get anxious and non-productive when we are constantly reacting to all this inane stimuli. It frays our mind and nerves, and we become disengaged with our work, and with our peers. It makes sense to set some time aside to enjoy that communication, in a mindful and focused way, but not at all moments of the day. A peaceful, purposeful mindset will do wonders for all, but especially our digitally native millennials.
Step 2: Avoid Burnout Through Acceptance Perspective
Provide perspective on how truly great it is to work in the industry. For my peers in Digital marketing, it’s easy. This is an ever-changing world that is dynamic and fresh with boundless opportunities for those willing to unlock the secrets of success.
Share perspectives, and support conversations, on the seemingly intangible – like how nice it is to work with great and smart people. Enjoy interactions with like-minded peers. Understand and discuss your work path and long-term goals. Think about the career journey, what the path might look like while allowing yourself to relish where you currently are. These small acts of reflection and gratefulness can do wonders to enliven the day and re-connect those in your organization to one another.
In the mindfulness world, it’s referred to simply as “acceptance.” To build a practice one person at a time, and to have that as part of a daily routine, truly is life changing.
Step 3: Make Training the Catalyst to Life Practice
Nearly all training initiatives in every topical area, including mindfulness, create moments of inspiration but then 2 days later, fall flat into oblivion. The goal is to create enduring motivation. To find a training program that starts with inspiration, and has the day-to-day tools in place to capture that momentum and turn it into a life practice. Daily audio podcasts, weekly video workshops, like-minded support groups and so on. If you want real results, this is where it’s at. Not one more training!
In summary, begin to think about one person. How you can help them or even how you, as that person, can help yourself. Then translate that into a meaningful dialogue about how the company can facilitate such. And finally, act with the long-term in mind and do it right v. getting a nice pat on back for bringing in that amazing speaker who gave a 2 hour lecture. The results to your organization will fade as quickly as those feelings of hubris. Call it a day.
Good luck and may you go forth mindfully in this cauldron of chaos we call life.
About the Author: Aaron Kahlow is revolutionizing life coaching & work skills learning as CEO of Popexpert, leading online video coaching platform & marketplace. As one of the most recognized thought-leaders in the eLearning and Digital/Social Media space, Kahlow is most known well for his tireless globe trotting delivering marquee keynote speeches to over 67 cities in 21 countries and part of his personal passion. Kahlow can be found in the great city of San Francisco, working on the global expansion of “Teaching the World How to Live & Work Better” through Popexpert and related Institutes for Digital Transformation (Online Marketing Institute) and Mindfulness (Mindful Living Institute).