We Didn’t Say Pizza

Ever since the start of the pandemic, there have been numerous articles, social media posts, and podcasts regarding employee retention. Many articles I read offered great advice and tips companies can immediately put into practice.

What disappointed me, however, were the recommendations that companies add entertainment to their offices. Ideas included weekly pizza parties at lunch, a foosball table, a basketball hoop out back – you get the idea.

Let me be very clear – ordering lunch for the entire team, playing foosball, or shooting hoops on a sunny day are great ways to de-stress and provide folks an opportunity to take a break at work. I do not, however, agree that such events prompt employee commitment and retention.

So how do we impact employee engagement? I’m so glad you asked. Here are some ideas for your consideration:

  • Identifying and sharing a company purpose that inspires people
  • Challenging employees to grow and develop
  • Mentoring and coaching employees to achieve their goals
  • Recognizing and appreciating employees’ contributions
  • Showing people they are valued
  • Setting clear expectations and giving employees the necessary authority to achieve the expectations
  • Building vulnerability-based trust

I could go on, but I think you get the point. Notice, not one time did I mention pizza.

Wondering how you can improve employee retention more concretely than just offering a pizza lunch? That’s where I come in. Please take a moment to fill out the consult form below. During our complimentary call, we can brainstorm together an employee retention plan that works for your business.