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The Great Resignation, Employee Disengagement & Organizational Behavior

The Great Resignation, Employee Disengagement & Organizational Behavior

If you are active on social media, you will have seen the term 'The Great Resignation'.

Is it a flash in the pan or should you be concerned by how it will impact you, and your company?

We conducted some analysis within our client network, the results showed "an 89% employee retention rate (based on voluntary turnover) throughout the pandemic, compared to the market average (UK, Europe and US combined) which averages 71%.

The 3rd party external analysis paints a similar picture, and overall impact begins to form when you look closer at organizational behavior, workplace culture and cross-functional alignment.

Our view is that people and organizations who are being impacted by 'The Great Resignation' have a combination of alignment and culture issues, which could, and should have been fixed before the impacts on our working lives created by the pandemic.

If you care about your employees, the environment you create for them to work in and focus on creating and maintaining a positive workplace culture, then you should have nothing to worry.

On the other hand, if you are part of a company which have neglected your organizational culture and cross-functional alignment for too long, you might be facing the cliff of 'employee disengagement' or worse still, your team are already completely disengaged.

Press Release: Flowtrace Launches Team Collaboration Partner Program

Press Release: Flowtrace Launches Team Collaboration Partner Program

The Flowtrace Partner Program is designed for organizations who want to help their clients gain greater business benefits from in-depth team collaboration analytics.

In the last two years, the relationship between employer and employee has changed. We have all had to adapt the way we work, how we communicate with colleagues and how we effectively collaborate within our teams.

With the launch of the Flowtrace Partner Program, the company is looking forward to building new strategic partnerships to help more organizations utilize the power of Team Collaboration Analytics, Slack Channel Analytics and Google Meeting Analytics.

Cross-Team Collaboration Assessment Tool

Cross-Team Collaboration Assessment Tool

If you’ve ever tried searching Google for “team collaboration tools” or “team collaboration assessment tools”, I’m sure you have already discovered that the results are varied and cover many different areas of cross-function collaboration, employee engagement, employee productivity, HR software and even employee performance management.

Our ‘Company Collaboration Health Check’ assessment tool is designed to help you gain more understanding about key aspects or your organisation, employees, culture and technology which influence your team collaboration effectiveness.

Why is cross-functional collaboration so important?

No two companies, even if they’re both startups competing in the same market, are exactly the same.

What makes companies different, what evolves their culture, what gives them competitive advantage - Is their people, and those people which make all these difference are super-charged when they can collaborate effectively with one another.

Quarterly Roundup: Best Team Collaboration software for startups

Quarterly Roundup: Best Team Collaboration software for startups

Even before our working lives were interrupted by a global pandemic, a movement has been growing for a long time, where email is becoming less important for organisations and internal communications, and the rise of digital communication and startup team collaboration software tools are becoming the focus.

When you combine this with recent research that shows ‘unproductive internal meetings are cited as useless’ it is no wonder, and for good reason, remote collaboration software is on the rise.

From effective hybrid work team collaboration to project management, from employee productive metrics to team collaboration analytics, collaboration software providers offer an abundance of options.

The best team collaboration software makes it simple and easy for teams to work together on day-to-day tasks as well as specific strategic projects.

Collaboration is fast becoming the new normal in the workplace, and an integral part of startup culture. Employees are no longer expected to work in silo from one another. This growing focus on effective team collaboration brings many benefits from improved efficiency, organic innovation, customer-obsessed focus, talent retention, increased productivity and a highly engaged team ethos.

Best startup tools: A guide for UK Startup Founders

Best startup tools: A guide for UK Startup Founders

Building a startup is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do in business. With so many tools and SaaS platforms available, it can be daunting to know where to start and understand the best startup software tools which are right for you to support your growth.

In this guide we take a comprehensive look at some of the best startup software tools, free plans and cool software to help you launch, run, manage, market, collaborate, scale and measure the success of your startup.

We have pulled on the experience of 100s of startups in this guide and asked for their feedback on software tools they have used when building their startups.

8 ways collaboration among employees can reduce startup failure risk

8 ways collaboration among employees can reduce startup failure risk

Startup failure. It cannot be eradicated. It is part of the startup ecosystem. Getting out-competed, no market need, team disharmony and running out of cash are just some of the common startup failure reasons within a long list. 

When you begin to look closer at the common startup failure reasons, a few things become clear:

  1. Startups will always fail. There are uncontrollable factors. Covid highlights this fact, for some companies Covid has sparked amazing innovation and technology breakthroughs, where for others a global impact event has meant startups have had to pivot fast and many have found their market and revenue completely grind to a halt.
  2. The real root cause of startup failure is rarely a single common reason. Multiple factors usually combine to cause a startup to fail.
  3. It has almost become fashionable within startup circles that failure is seen as a badge of honor - “Failure is just part of the journey to success”. Where I agree in part, and in some instances we can learn more from failure than success, success is only ever created by understanding the real root cause failure. The common startup failure reasons addresses somewhat the strategic reasons for startup failure, but they do not address the tactical or operational reasons for failure, which typically are the real root cause.

10 Ways of Improving Cross-Team Collaboration and Alignment

10 Ways of Improving Cross-Team Collaboration and Alignment

Cross-team collaboration (also known as inter-team collaboration) is a key component to growing and scaling businesses successfully.

Yet, so few organisations strive for improving it and even less achieve it. What the data tells us is alarming:

  • Organisations with ~50 employees stand to leave over $125,000 on the table per year when they don’t collaborate. (Upchain + Deloitte)
  • While 89% of people believe that effective communication is extremely important, 8 out of 10 people rate their own business’ communication as either average or poor. (Communication Statistics 2020 by Project.co)
  • The biggest struggle while working remotely is collaboration and communication (20%), followed by loneliness (20%), and not being able to unplug (18%). (State of Remote Work 2020 by Buffer)

And even if your employees do end up talking with members from other teams, it doesn't mean that they're communicating about the challenges that matter.

Sadly, as pleasant as casual chats are, a discussion about favourite pastimes doesn't quite compare to discussing the real problems you're having and how you should come together to solve them.

It takes a lot of work to achieve fruitful cross-functional collaboration.

But if you don't put in the effort, you risk creating misalignment in goals, information silos, and a lack of clarity that will frustrate even the most loyal and skilful employees.

Read on to better understand how you can make a meaningful improvement in how your teams collaborate with each other, not just individual contributors.

When you're ready, action those same steps to skyrocket productivity across your whole organisation - following through with just one can make a significant impact!

5 Employee Engagement Strategies to Help Retention in Tech

5 Employee Engagement Strategies to Help Retention in Tech

The tech industry can be a demanding place.

While we're drawn in by the ability to work virtually from anywhere with not much else than a laptop and good internet speed, the drawback is the constant need to stay engaged and switched on as an employee.

It's a fast-moving industry where new software, trends, and methods crop up regularly, far removing it from the regular 9-5 office job.

Employee turnover rates are high, too.

Back in 2018, LinkedIn surveyed over a half-a-billion professionals who ranked Technology (software) as the industry with the highest turnover rates (13.2%), closely followed by Retail and Consumer Products (13%) and Media Entertainment (11.4%).

While the rate is mostly linked to increase in demand and opportunities in the space, UX/UI Designers, Data Analysts, and Engineers are even more likely to jump ship to pursue fairer compensation.

But not all companies, especially startups, can afford to pay industry-leading salaries and provide dreamlike perks and benefits.

So what can you do? Improve your employee engagement.

Companies that invest heavily in engaging their employees and improving their overall experience see lower turnover rates, reduction in costs linked to re-hiring, and less wasted efforts overall.

And while the Human Resources (HR) team can help, the leadership team is the one that needs to contribute the most.

In our guide, we cover the essentials and the five strategies for increasing employee engagement, so that you can retain your staff for longer and help them feel more fulfilled in their roles.

Let's dig in!

How to Measure Productivity For Your Team in 2021

How to Measure Productivity For Your Team in 2021

In an ideal world, we want our teams to be more productive, but how would we know they were if we didn't measure it? Merely seeing an increase in the output of work doesn't mean more valuable work is actually being done.

Truth is, discovering how to measure productivity of your teams can be a mammoth task, especially in an increasingly remote workspace. Given the abundance of tools knowledge workers use every day, it can be hard to find where to begin!

In our short guide, we go through the five different methods of measuring productivity for teams, so that you can evaluate if there are any issues with processes and empower them to do their best work in the future.

Slack Channel Statistics to Understand Team Collaboration

Slack Channel Statistics to Understand Team Collaboration

Slack's internal share of public channel messaging is a whopping 70 per cent. I don't recall seeing a company with this high level of communication transparency. Usually, when I join a company as a leader I find the public channel messaging hovers anywhere between 10-30% of the total messaging volume. Could it be one of the reasons so many of us set the wrong Slack transparency culture across the startups is that Slack channel statistics is a mere afterthought for them? This becomes a huge hurdle as teams grow and taking corrective action is near impossible with the statistics slack provides out-of-the-box.