Are your employees in crisis? And are you looking for ways to boost engagement and productivity, while retaining top talent? A new study reveals the secret: ditch dark age practices and step into the 21st century. Workplace Analysis Firm Time is Ltd. only published the conclusions from a survey of 255 HR leaders from major US companies, sharing their insights on how to improve employee engagement, productivity and retention in the modern workplace.

These new findings show rapidly changing workplaces facing new workforce challenges and the rise of collaboration technology. Faced with competing priorities and a rapidly changing workplace, HR leaders across industries report widespread challenges and serious issues with meetings, employee engagement, productivity and tool overload digital. Research suggests that one immediate thing managers can do to increase employee satisfaction and productivity is to let employees decide whether or not they need to attend certain meetings.

Main results of the study

  • 63% of HR managers strongly agree that employee productivity would improve if employees were empowered to decide for themselves whether or not to attend a particular meeting.
  • 41% of HR leaders believe that meeting culture, defined by aspects such as their frequency, duration and purpose, is a major challenge in the workplace, and this has become significantly worse as the pandemic was progressing.
  • When it comes to the top productivity challenges, 48% of HR managers say meeting length is a top challenge, 47% point to the number of meetings, 34% point to no agenda, and 28% report the number of participants.
  • HR managers in remote organizations report that their staff struggle more with the length and number of meetings, while those in predominantly on-site companies report that their staff struggles more with meeting focus.
  • 93% say insights into collaboration and communication would help leaders in their organization improve their workforce productivity, suggesting that access to data will be key to addressing these issues.

Todd Lebo, CEO and Executive Partner at Up2, who collaborated on the research, said, “This research study comes at a critical time for organizations as they seek data to guide their strategy for adapting to fundamental changes in the employee experience and its impact on retention, productivity and culture. Our analysts have found surprising results in datasets that compare the early and mid-pandemic, the five-year view of remote, hybrid and in-person offices, and the perspective of leaders on topics such as the effectiveness of meetings and how to improve retention.

6 takeaways from the study

  1. Even as the big quit persists, many companies aren’t prioritizing retention despite the fact that 76% of HR leaders reported higher staff turnover in the past year, and 61% don’t. do not plan to improve retention.
  2. Overall, HR leaders identify attrition as a problem, but they don’t measure contributing factors, such as poor onboarding or sources of employee disengagement.
  3. HR leaders have the ability to immediately improve employee experience and productivity by empowering them to say no to meetings and measuring data that illustrates the effectiveness of meetings.
  4. Digital tools are essential, but measuring, evaluating and managing their implementation is essential for productivity, collaboration and the employee experience.
  5. Remote, hybrid, and on-premises setups each face unique challenges, and remote majority organizations are less likely to believe their current workplace dynamics are sustainable for the next three to five years, forcing managers HR to turn to data and not take one. “size for all” approach.
  6. HR has little infrastructure in place to understand its workforce, which creates a serious measurement problem and exacerbates catastrophic workforce issues.

At a time when the country is experiencing historic workforce issues, the research shows a fundamental disconnect between what HR leaders say they prioritize and the realities of a workforce that has changed dramatically over the past few years. last two years. The findings suggest an identity crisis over the role of HR in the business and illustrate the many challenges HR leaders face amid changing employee expectations, shifting workplace cultures and changing workforce technologies.

“The way we meet, how we collaborate and how we stay engaged have all been rapidly changing as we increasingly turn to tools like Slack, Google Workspace and Zoom, and with these monumental changes come critical business challenges,” said Jan Rezab, CEO and Founder of Time Is Ltd. “There is a huge gap between the data HR leaders have and the data they need to effectively address these changes in the workforce – and they have bridged that gap with assumptions and approaches traditional, which no longer applies.