January 9, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter where we share the latest tips, tools and insights to help you stay informed about the modern tech office. Today: The Stay interview, four-day workweek and pay transparency.
—Amber Burton, reporter (twitter | email)
If you want your tech workers to stay, ask them, “What would it take for you to leave?”
That may sound like the beginnings of an awkward conversation, but according to HR experts, it could be the key to retention in this wild era of resignations that we’re all living in.
I recently spoke to Amy Zimmerman, chief people officer at Relay Payments, about the stay interview, in her opinion the best retention tool when it comes to keeping tech workers happy and productive.
Here were my biggest takeaways:
Some example stay interview questions, according to Zimmerman:
I’m curious: What questions would you add to the list? Does your company do stay interviews?
Our team spends everyday talking to some of the top tech and workplace experts about the biggest questions in the workplace today. But we’ve also realized the best people to talk to are often tech workers themselves. My colleague Allison Levitsky is taking to the streets of San Francisco each week to ask tech workers our most burning questions about the state of the workplace. This week’s question: How are tech workers’ commutes changing in San Francisco? And let me tell you, the answers are good. For example, you might be surprised (or not surprised) to find that the workers interviewed who ride the BART to work were not largely concerned that it would expose them to COVID. “Everyone’s pretty much wearing their masks on the BART, so it doesn’t really change my commute too much,” said Sai Muktevi, who joined Salesforce in a support role during the pandemic.
Have tips for future questions for San Francisco tech workers? Send Allison an email at email@example.com. And if you see her out in the Financial District at lunchtime, don’t be shy.
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Thoughts, questions, tips? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day, see you Tuesday.