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Swipe left is a pop culture term that means to reject someone. It’s used in the dating app Tinder to say “no thanks” to a potential date. (For the record, I do not have a Tinder account or app. I’m getting this information from the internet. Honest.) Anyway, over the course of time, swipe left has become the term for rejecting someone or something.
Today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos reminds us that employees have choices when it comes to their work environment. And if they’re not engaged then they might decide to swipe left and leave. Or even worse, swipe left and stay.
Companies need to connect the candidate and employee experience. Because recruiting is so tough, organizations are very focused on the candidate experience. Keep in mind that once you hire that candidate, the job is to keep them. Creating a smooth transition from candidate to employee is key. Activities like preboarding, orientation, and onboarding can facilitate the transition.
Employee check-ins keep little issues from becoming big issues. In my experience, organizations know the big things that bother employees. The hard part is finding out about the little annoyances. Employees don’t want to bring them up personally because they might seem petty, but they can quickly become big challenges. Use pulse surveys and one-on-one meetings to find out (and fix!) the little stuff.
Technology can enhance the employee experience. Since we are talking about a technology term, it’s only fitting to remember all of the wonderful things that technology can do for us – both personally and professionally. Today’s technology allows employees to have experiences that are similar to what they have access to in their personal lives.
When it comes to their careers, employees don’t want to swipe left. It’s up to organizations to create a work environment that makes employees want to swipe right.23