Most employers are familiar with the term “FOMO,” or the “fear of missing out.” This refers to the anxiety that comes from feeling like you’re not a part of something important or valuable. For example, if all your friends are going to a party but you’re not invited, you may feel left out and anxious that you’re missing out on something fun.
The same principle can apply to your employees. If they feel like they’re not a part of something important at work, they may start to look for new opportunities elsewhere. This is a problem that many employers face when trying to keep their best employees.
There are a few things you can do to keep your employees engaged:
Make sure they understand the company’s overall mission and how their work contributes to it.
Making sure your employees understand the company’s overall mission and how their work contributes to it is a great way to keep them engaged. You can do this by regularly communicating the company’s goals and objectives and highlighting individual achievements that contribute to meeting those goals. Additionally, you can create opportunities for employees to get involved in decision-making and problem-solving, so they feel like their voices are heard and that their work is meaningful.
Keep them updated on company news and developments.
One way to keep your employees engaged is to keep them updated on company news and developments. If they feel like they’re in the loop, they’ll be less likely to feel left out and more likely to stick around. You can do this by sending regular updates through email or an intranet system, holding town hall-style meetings, or even just having an open-door policy where employees feel like they can come to you with questions or concerns.
Encourage open communication and collaboration among employees.
Modeling open communication and collaboration among employees is one of the best ways to keep them engaged and avoiding FOMO in the workplace. Encourage your employees to share their ideas and concerns, and make sure that they feel safe in doing so. Encourage them to give feedback, both positive and negative. When employees feel like they are a part of something “bigger” at work, they are less likely to look for new opportunities elsewhere.
Offer opportunities for professional development and growth.
Your best employees will be looking for ways to further their careers. Offer them opportunities to contribute at a meaningful level within your company. This could include training and development programs, mentorship opportunities, or even simply cross-functional projects that allow them to develop new skills. If they feel like they’re stuck in a rut, they’ll be more likely to start looking for new opportunities elsewhere.
Overall, engaging your employees is one of the best ways to stop FOMO in its tracks. To keep them engaged and informed, you need make sure they understand what makes up their workday as well as how it all fits into company goals or plans. Keeping them updated on company news and developments is also important.
Maintaining open communication between coworkers and offering creative ways to contribute also helps by making everyone feel included. By taking these steps, you can help create a positive and engaged workforce that will stay with your company.