In the world of business, buzz words like employee retention, employee engagement, and company culture are thrown around at alarming rates. There is great debate as to whether any of the above listed concepts carry much meaning. What is employee retention? Company culture? These seemingly nebulous concepts all really amount to one thing: the way your people feel when they are at work. So, who sets the metrics on good company culture and employee retention? If you fail to set clear parameters when it comes to company culture, you may realize that employee retention is more difficult and find yourself with a mutiny on your hands.
Before you start to read this article, we encourage you do some research on the startup lifestyle. It is a well agreed upon fact that starting, building, funding, and growing a startup or small business is intensely difficult. In fact, many sources suggest that at minimum, building a successful startup can require its people to work somewhere between seventy and one hundred hours a week for the first three to five years of a new company. If your startup is one of the few that has actually succeeded, you may find that you are still working around the clock to keep your vision alive. We list these facts and figures not to scare you or to deter you from chasing the entrepreneurial dream. We just want to ask one simple question: What if there were an easier way?
Let’s take a moment and do some simple math. The average employee is employed to work 40 hours a week from Monday to Friday. While that may seem like a simple 9am-5pm workweek, most employers have their people come in at 8:00am in order to accommodate for lunch breaks. According to the American Census Bureau, the average work commute is 26 minutes, and let’s give the average person 40 minutes to get ready for work in the morning. If you add all those things together: 40 mins for getting ready + 26 minute commute + 540 minute workday (including lunch) + 26 minute commute home = 632 minutes or 10.5 hours a day that the average person spends in or around work. If you get the doctor recommended eight hours of sleep a night, that leaves six out of the twenty-four hours in a work day that you have to spend with your family, friends, and loved ones. Most people spend over 60% of their lives in their place of work. That is an intense realization to have.
If you’ve been following the blog these past few weeks, you know that we’ve been focusing on employee health and wellness with wild abandon. Why are we doing this? Because the health, wellness, and general well-being of your staff is important to you and your business. On average, people spend more time at their place of work than they do at home with their own families. A massive value add to traditional benefits packages can be a comprehensive wellness program.
Whether it be a traditional nine-to-five workday or a more flex schedule, employees all have one thing in common: they get hungry.
The New Year has just kicked off and we hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. If you’re anything like us, you have already started your New Year’s resolutions and are two days strong, or two days failed. Either way, we reserve no judgement on whether or not you have been able to give up carbs. What we do encourage you to resolve to do in the New Year is consider your employees and their health.
Like it or not, your people are your business. No matter what service you sell or product you manufacture, the people you employ are what make your business run on a macro and micro level.
2017 is winding down in the way that most Decembers do: quickly and with too many things to do. Chances are that both your corporate and social calendars are full of things to do and people to see. Some of those people being in your employ, if you’re a small business or startup owner.
In your growing and changing small business, finding the time to focus on anything for longer than a few seconds may seem like a miracle. Chances are that your days are spent focusing on a host of different issues and problems that affect your daily operations and also your bottom line. While every business owner strives to make their business run like a well-oiled machine, chances are that there are metaphorical and literal “nails in your tires”: in your daily, monthly, and yearly operations that are causing them to leak air.
Lately, the news seems to be awash with more and more people coming forward with anecdotes involving sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. As more of these stories unfold, it is astonishing to see how many of them involve inappropriate workplace behavior.