How to Engage and Retain Top Talent by Combating the ‘Reality Slump’

By: Christina Zurek
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Today’s Human Resources professionals are being challenged to find more and more inventive ways to keep employees invigorated and engaged. And yet, since January 2019, three and a half million Americans have quit their jobs.
Most of us are used to taking a bottom-line look at the issue, where we measure the cost of developing and retaining talent only in terms of time and money spent. But when we did a little digging to find out who’s leaving, why and what you can do about it, the results were surprising.
The ‘reality slump’—the term we’ve dubbed to describe the time in employment years one and two when engagement, satisfaction and advocacy levels fall, and the job search fires up again—is a pervasive and concerning trend that increases the likelihood of losing top talent. This trend was uncovered through a landmark study that explores how psychology drives employee engagement and retention.
After watching the webcast, you will:
  • Understand the influence and impact of social psychology on employee engagement
  • Have working knowledge of the psychological benefits supporting engagement and retention, including how organizations can nurture each of the psychological benefits within their talent
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the ‘reality slump’ and how it manifests in organizations
  • Explore practical applications of how organizations can proactively combat the negative impact of the ‘reality slump’ by offering consistent and targeted support throughout the employee experience
  • See the factors that actually predict employee engagement
Watch this webcast to learn more about the research and how you can mitigate the impact of ‘reality slump’ on your talent.

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Christina Zurek
Christina Zurek

Christina is an experienced leader with a passion for improving the employee experience, employee engagement and workplace culture. Few things excite her as much as an opportunity to try something unfamiliar (be that a project, development opportunity, travel destination, food, drink or otherwise), though digging in to a research project is a close second.