After Hours Recap: Retention and Engagement, the Antidote to The Quiet Quitting Storm

In our recent After Hours event co-organized with The Recursive, we brought together a panel of experts to explore the critical topic of “Retention and Engagement: The Antidote to The Quiet Quitting Storm.” The esteemed panel included Radka Chamova, Chief People & Culture Officer at Despark; Mihail Stefanov, founder of Culture & People; Elena Radeva, Lecturer at the American University in Bulgaria; and Boris Kolev, co-founder of nPloy.

These thought leaders shared their insights on the current challenges businesses face in retaining talent and maintaining employee engagement, an issue that has become even more pressing in the era of remote work and shifting workplace dynamics. Through their diverse experiences and perspectives, they provided valuable strategies to help businesses navigate this “quiet quitting storm” and build a committed, engaged workforce.

Importance of Listening to Employees

Active listening is a vital part of communication and management that goes beyond simply hearing the words spoken by employees. It involves understanding the meaning behind the words, interpreting the emotions attached to them, and responding appropriately. It’s not just about solving problems; it’s about empathy, understanding, and building trust. When employees feel heard and understood, they’re more likely to feel valued and committed to their work. This, in turn, promotes a sense of belonging and loyalty, which can significantly boost retention and engagement rates. 

Moreover, a culture that encourages open and honest communication can inspire innovation and creativity, as employees feel safe and encouraged to share their ideas and perspectives. This can lead to better problem-solving, decision-making, and overall business performance.

Transparency and Engagement

Transparency in a workplace context refers to openness and honesty in communication. It’s about sharing information, whether it’s about business goals, financials, mission, vision, or the challenges the company is facing. Transparency helps employees feel included, valued, and trusted, which can, in turn, foster a sense of commitment and engagement. 

Involving employees in decision-making processes can empower them, giving them a sense of ownership and responsibility over their work. This active involvement can lead to higher job satisfaction, stronger commitment, and ultimately, improved performance and lower turnover rates. Furthermore, transparency can build trust, improve communication, and foster a stronger, more unified team.

Managing Expectations

From the moment a new employee joins the company, clear and open communication is vital. This includes providing realistic job previews, clearly defining roles and responsibilities, and communicating expectations. It’s important to be transparent about the potential challenges and opportunities in their roles, as well as career growth possibilities. 

Regular discussions about their progress, goals, and aspirations can provide clarity and direction. This ongoing communication helps manage expectations, avoid misunderstandings, and maintain a high level of job satisfaction. Furthermore, employees who have a clear understanding of their career path and how they can grow within the company are more likely to stay engaged, perform better, and stay with the company longer.

Shared Vision for the Future

Having a shared vision for the future is a powerful tool for keeping employees engaged and motivated. This vision should be more than a statement; it should resonate with the employees, aligning with their values and aspirations. When employees understand and believe in the direction the company is heading, they are more likely to invest their efforts and commitment toward achieving these goals. 

This shared vision creates a sense of purpose and meaning in their work, making them feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves. A sense of purpose can significantly enhance motivation, productivity, and retention rates. Furthermore, it can foster a strong sense of community and collaboration within the company, as everyone works towards a common goal.

Two-Way Feedback

A culture that encourages open, two-way feedback is crucial for continuous learning, improvement, and growth. This includes recognizing and rewarding good work and providing constructive criticism. Both praise and constructive criticism are essential for personal and professional growth. Recognizing achievements and good work boosts morale, motivation, and job satisfaction. 

At the same time, constructive feedback helps employees understand where they can improve and how they can develop their skills further. Regular feedback can also promote open communication, improve relationships between managers and employees, and contribute to a supportive and collaborative work environment. This kind of environment can significantly enhance employee engagement, performance, and retention.


The insights gleaned from our After Hours event clearly highlight the importance of retention and engagement strategies in the modern workplace. Managers and leaders have a crucial role to play in fostering a work environment that encourages active listening, transparency, realistic expectations, a shared vision, and two-way feedback. By focusing on these areas, businesses can navigate the “quiet quitting storm” and build a committed, engaged workforce.

In our next After Hours event, we will delve deeper into these topics, exploring practical strategies and innovative ideas to help businesses and talent excel in this new era of work. Stay tuned for more insights, discussions, and solutions.

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