This Leadership Question Gets to the Heart of Employee Turnover

The work-related puzzle that fascinates me most is how multifamily leaders and supervisors can make their workplaces work well for the teams they lead. What does it take to turn work from drudgery to satisfying? How can managers create a workplace culture where property management teams want to stick around and build a career?

Employee engagement influencer Jill Christensen has a stunningly simple technique for helping leaders understand what it’s like to work on their team. Do you want to know what your workplace culture is like? You won’t find the answer in your catchy corporate values statements or website marketing copy. The genuine, real-deal answer can be found in the response to this question:

“How do we do things around here?”

It’s a surprisingly straightforward question that gets to the heart of it all. For example: 




“How you do things around here” is your workplace culture in a nutshell. It’s the difference-maker for employee retention. Property management professionals want to work in an environment where they are supported, respected, and given the tools they need to succeed. They want to work where leaders have their backs.

If you’re struggling with employee retention, ask yourself: “How do we do things around here?” If the answer indicates that yours is not a culture where employees’ needs are met, you know what you need to do. Change how you do things around here.

Recommended resource: If Not You, Who? How To Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement, Jill Christensen