Beamery, the leading Talent Operating System, today released the results of its survey into the impact of COVID-19 on working life. The Beamery Talent Index has found that bad leadership, poor employee support and stagnant growth opportunities during the pandemic is driving enormous employee churn in the UK workplace. According to the data, almost half (48 percent) of UK office workers have specified that they have either found a new role, are actively looking or will be leaving their jobs this year.
53 percent specifically cite working from home as having a significantly negative impact on their personal development and progression at work, with over a third (39%) of Brits stating that skills have grown stale or they have, in fact, regressed in their roles over the course of the pandemic. Alongside this, a further 43 percent of those surveyed believe that the lack of ‘face time’ or one-to-one engagement with managers has seriously hindered their promotion prospects. Almost half (48 percent) commented that their employer has not offered them any opportunities to learn or develop new skills since the globally enforced COVID-19 working from home patterns emerged.
Why aren’t we valued and where is the employer support?
The lack of contact has been cited as another key issue leading to the impending job departures, with 62 percent of office workers frustrated due to little or no support from their managers over the last year. A quarter (24 percent) also felt undervalued as employees. In many cases, progression and promotion were only discussed once in the last year, with 1 in 10 office workers stating this was the case.
“Now more than ever, if you want to ensure you attract and retain the best talent in your industry, employee communication is key,” said Abakar Saidov, Co-Founder and CEO at Beamery. “Workers want a clear, objective way of understanding the skills they need to learn to progress in their career, and employers must provide the right training and mentorship opportunities to help them improve.”
Saidov continued: “Employers need to embrace more efficient ways to track employee happiness to remain competitive in the hiring landscape and put specific markers across career journeys to ensure employees are consistently learning, progressing and, most importantly, enjoying the work they do. Adding efficiency to this process will in many cases transform the company’s approach to spotting, nurturing and retaining talent.”