Understanding the Basics: What is the Employee Experience?

Learn about the employee experience and the seven main stages, why it's important, and how you can design the best experience for your employees.

Understanding the Basics: What is the Employee Experience?
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What is the employee experience? ๐Ÿค”

The employee experience is like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and unexpected surprises. It's a journey that's unique to each individual, but ultimately shapes the way they view their work and the organization they work for.

Why is it so important to get the employee experience right? ๐Ÿง

Getting the employee experience right is important because happy employees make for a happy workplace, and a happy workplace leads to better business outcomes. Plus, let's face it, who doesn't want to enjoy coming to work every day?

When you get the employee experience right, youโ€™ll see:

  • Improved employee engagement and job satisfaction, which can lead to lower turnover rates and higher retention of top talent. ๐Ÿ™Œ
  • Increased productivity and better quality of work from employees who feel valued, supported, and motivated. ๐Ÿ’ช
  • A positive workplace culture that attracts and retains high-quality talent, as well as increases employee referrals and positive word-of-mouth. ๐Ÿคฉ
  • Enhanced collaboration and teamwork, as employees feel more connected to their coworkers and are more likely to work together towards common goals. ๐Ÿ‘ฏ
  • Greater innovation and creativity, as employees are more willing to take risks and come up with new ideas when they feel empowered and supported by their organization.๐Ÿ’ก

The 7 main stages of the employee experience โœ…

7 Key Milestones of the Employee Experience


The employee experience is a journey, and like any journey, it has different stops along the way. From recruitment to retirement, each stage presents its own unique challenges and opportunities for both the employee and the organization.ย 

Hereโ€™s what that journey looks like:

  • Attract: This stage involves creating a compelling employer brand to attract potential candidates, which can include a strong online presence and clear job descriptions. ๐Ÿ”
  • Hire: During this stage, the focus is on selecting the best candidate for the position through a fair and rigorous selection process that includes interviews, assessments, and reference checks. ๐Ÿค
  • Onboard: This stage involves helping new hires assimilate to the company culture, familiarize themselves with their roles and responsibilities, and begin building relationships with colleagues. ๐Ÿ“š
  • Engagement: In this stage, the focus is on fostering a positive work environment and improving job satisfaction through recognition programs, opportunities for career growth, and employee wellness initiatives. ๐Ÿ‘€
  • Retention: During this stage, companies work to keep their employees engaged and motivated through ongoing training and development, competitive compensation and benefits, and a positive work-life balance. ๐Ÿ”„
  • Development: This stage focuses on helping employees grow and develop in their roles through ongoing learning opportunities, performance feedback, and mentorship programs. ๐Ÿง 
  • Exit: This stage involves managing the departure of an employee in a positive and constructive way, which can include exit interviews, providing feedback, and offering support during the transition period. ๐Ÿ‘‹
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3 main factors contributing to a positive employee experience ๐Ÿค”

Creating a positive employee experience isn't rocket science, but it does require effort and attention from employers! Letโ€™s take a look at the 3 main factors that shape a positive employee experience.ย 

Inclusive leadership ๐Ÿค

Inclusive leadership is crucial for creating a positive employee experience. It ensures that all employees feel valued, respected, and supported. It promotes a culture of belonging and encourages employees to bring their whole selves to work. This, in turn, leads to increased engagement, productivity, and job satisfaction.

Here are two ways to gauge if your company is prioritizing inclusive leadership:

  • Analyze your companyโ€™s demographics data, especially among leadership. What percentage of leadership positions are held by underrepresented communities? Does it reflect the demographics of your staff?ย 
  • Seek out feedback from your employees about their experiences with inclusivity in the workplace. Smaller companies can take a company-wide approach with this feedback, while larger companies may want to do it by each department.ย 

Support for hybrid & remote workers ๐Ÿ™Œ

Support for remote and hybrid teams allows employees to have more flexibility and autonomy in their work. It also ensures that all employees, regardless of location or schedule, have equal opportunities to succeed and contribute to the organization. This, in turn, leads to higher employee engagement, productivity, and job satisfaction!ย 

Here are three ways to gauge if your company is properly supporting hybrid and remote workers:

  • Examine policies and guidelines around remote work, including expectations around availability, communication, and work hours.
  • Check if the company provides employees with the necessary tools and technology to work remotely, such as laptops, internet access, and collaboration software.
  • Seek out feedback from your remote and hybrid workers about their experiences, including any challenges they faced and how the company supported them.

Focus on well-being ๐Ÿง˜

Focusing on employee well-being shows that the company cares about the whole person, not just their productivity. It also promotes a culture of respect and compassion, which helps employees feel supported and motivated.ย 

So, how can you gauge how your company handles employee well-being? You already know weโ€™ve got three tips for you:ย 

  • Examine your company's leadership and management practices to see if they prioritize employee well-being, such as encouraging breaks and vacations, modeling work-life balance, and providing resources and support for mental health.
  • Evaluate the company's approach to work-life balance. Does the company encourage employees to take breaks, disconnect from work during non-work hours, and prioritize their personal lives?ย 
  • Source feedback from employees on your current wellness initiatives. Do they feel supported? Do they think your company is missing anything, like a gym membership or access to mental health counseling? Do they think their managers are equipped to handle mental health crises?ย 
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5 tips for designing the best employee experience strategy

5 tips for your employee experience strategy


1. Pinpoint your problem areas ๐Ÿ“Œ

The only way you can improve your employee experience strategy is by knowing your problem areas. Without understanding where issues lie, it's difficult to identify and implement effective solutions.ย 

When examining the companyโ€™s weak points, try asking:

  • Are there specific departments or teams with consistently low engagement scores or high turnover rates? What feedback comes from this department, and are managers addressing employee concerns? ๐Ÿค”
  • What feedback have employees given about the company's culture, policies, and practices, and are there any common themes or concerns? Has the company made efforts to implement employee feedback? ๐Ÿคจ
  • Have there been any recent incidents or events that have negatively impacted employee morale or trust in the company? What were they, and did the company respond appropriately? ๐Ÿง


2. Ask your employees for their feedback ๐Ÿ’ฌ

In order to improve the employee experience, employee feedback is absolutely essential. In addition to helping you hone in on company-wide problem areas, youโ€™ll also show your commitment to your employees.ย 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but if youโ€™re wondering what to ask for feedback on, here are three examples:ย 

  • Onboarding feedback: This can include questions about the onboarding process, including the quality of training and support provided, and suggestions for improvement. ๐Ÿ“š
  • Benefits feedback: This can include questions about the company's benefits package, including healthcare, retirement, and paid time off, and suggestions for additional benefits or changes to existing benefits. ๐Ÿ†
  • Engagement feedback: This can include questions about the employee's satisfaction with their job, including workload, work-life balance, communication, and opportunities for growth and development. ๐Ÿ‘€


3. Make the employee experience a key part of your company culture ๐Ÿคฉ

Prioritizing the employee experience in company culture is crucial for attracting and retaining top talent, boosting productivity and innovation, and fostering a positive workplace environment. A strong focus on the employee experience demonstrates that the company values its employees and is committed to their growth and well-being.

But how can you measure employee experience in company culture? Try these 3 metrics:ย 

  • Employee engagement on company content: Companies can measure employee engagement with internal communications, such as newsletters, intranet pages, and social media platforms, to see how invested employees are in the company's culture and values. ๐Ÿ—ฃ
  • Employee response to key company initiatives: Companies can track how employees respond to company-wide initiatives, such as diversity and inclusion programs, wellness initiatives, and training programs, to see how well the initiatives are aligned with employee needs and values. ๐Ÿ“
  • Usage of company tools: Companies can measure how frequently employees use company-provided tools and resources, like collaboration tools, to see how useful employees find the tools. ๐Ÿ› 


4. Cater the employee experience to individuals ๐Ÿง

Catering the employee experience to individual team members is crucial because everyone has unique needs, preferences, and goals. By understanding and accommodating these differences, companies can create a more inclusive and supportive work environment where everyone can thrive.

Here are three scenarios where the employee experience might differ across individuals:

  • Work styles: Some employees may prefer more collaborative work environments, while others may prefer to work independently. Companies can provide options for both by offering different workspaces or allowing for flexible work arrangements. โœ๏ธ
  • Life stages: Employees at different life stages may have different priorities and needs. For example, employees with young children may appreciate flexible work arrangements or child care support, while older employees may value retirement planning or work-life balance. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ต
  • Career paths: Employees may have different goals and aspirations, and companies can support them by offering opportunities for growth and development that align with their individual career paths. For example, some employees may want to move up the ranks in management, while others may prefer to specialize in a certain area or pursue a creative passion. ๐Ÿ”€


5. Create moments of connection ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

Giving employees moments to personally connect with one another is important for the employee experience because it helps to build relationships and foster a sense of community in the workplace.ย 

But donโ€™t just take our word for it โ€” take a look at the data:ย 


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For more tips and ideas on how to improve the employee experience, check out our ultimate employee experience guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of employee experience?

The employee experience is the sum of all interactions an employee has with their employer, from the initial job search to their departure from the company. It encompasses everything from the company culture, work environment, and benefits to the opportunities for growth, relationships with colleagues and managers, and overall job satisfaction.

What is the purpose of employee experience?

The purpose of the employee experience is to create a positive and supportive workplace environment that enables employees to do their best work and achieve their goals.

What is most important in the employee experience?

What's most important in the employee experience is making sure employees feel valued and supported. This includes providing opportunities for growth and development, fostering a positive work culture, and ensuring employees have the tools and resources they need to succeed.

What determines employee experience?

The employee experience is determined by a combination of factors, including the company culture, leadership style, work environment, and employee benefits. It's important for companies to prioritize these factors and continuously evaluate and improve the employee experience to create a supportive and engaging workplace.

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