Beamery study shows staff exodus

New research from Beamery (https://beamery.com) reveals that almost half (48%) of UK office workers are leaving or planning to leave their job by the end of 2021, and over a third (39%) believe that they have regressed in their roles since the start of the pandemic.

According to the latest Beamery Talent Index that looked at the impact of COVID-19 on working life, is mass exodus of staff is directly related to bad leadership, poor employee support and stagnant growth opportunities during the pandemic.

Over 50% of those surveyed say working from home as had a significantly negative impact on their personal development and progression at work, and a further 43% say that the lack of ‘face time’ or one-to-one engagement with managers has seriously hindered their promotion prospects.  

“Now more than ever, if you want to ensure you attract and retain the best talent in your industry, employee communication is key,” says 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.”

“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.”

Another key issue leading to the impending job departures, is lack of contact.  Over 60% (62%) say they felt frustrated due to little or no support from their managers over the last year.  A quarter (24%) also felt undervalued as employees.  Almost half (48%) 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.