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Lauren’s RBJ Column: Employees are leaving. What’s a company to do?

DEI + Culture / 3.8.22 / By Lauren Dixon

In Lauren Dixon’s latest Rochester Business Journal column, “Employees are leaving left and right. What’s a company to do?” she addresses the “Great Resignation” (or the “Great Attrition” or “Great Renegotiation,” depending on how you look at it) and recent polls that have revealed that 23%-40% of employees plan to leave their job within the next year.

So what’s a company to do about it?

Lauren suggests building a culture of trust, staying in touch, re-evaluating your benefits, considering progressive time off, reviewing your core values, thinking about recognition, evaluating your communication, strengthening connections, prepping your team members for recruiters, and being proactive by conducting frequent pulse surveys, one-on-ones with supervisors and all levels of leadership, and a virtual anonymous suggestion box.

“’Doing something’ isn’t just raising pay,” Lauren says. “Money is only part of the picture. When a bigger salary includes more stress and longer hours in an office culture without trust, the nice bank account balance isn’t worth the unbearable work-life balance.”

Read her entire column in the RBJ here.

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Lauren Dixon

A culture champion, talent mentor and community advocate, Lauren is the heart and soul of DS+CO. She founded our agency in 1987 and built it into a team of go-getters 100 strong. But she’s most proud of the culture she’s cultivated—one that fosters creativity, collaboration and compassion. With Lauren’s unwavering dedication to putting people first, DS+CO has been recognized by Great Place to Work as the #1 marketing firm to work for in the country. Not once, but twice. And has made the list of the Best Small Companies to Work For 15 years running. Lauren’s contributions to her community are countless. She’s a Rochester Small Business Person of the Year, member of the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, ATHENA Award and Gaudette Community Award recipient, and was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for community leadership. She has served on the boards of United Way of Greater Rochester, Monroe Community College Foundation, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Thompson Health Foundation, Greater Rochester Enterprise, CMAC and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.