In the last couple of years, “employee experience” has become this ubiquitous term that is a catch all for pretty much everything related to employees in the workplace. But I love getting more specific and concrete, because vague terms and theory don’t lead to better results and impact.

Recently I had a chance to talk with Ramesh Murugan and Adella Bell from PayPal about how they design and create better employee experiences, and I came away with three actions employers must take if they want to create better experiences for their people within an agile organization.

3 Keys to Mapping the Employee Experience

“We map the employee journey and experiences that an employee has. We do things where we can really hear, learn, and better understand the employee sentiment, directly from employees. We have feedback mechanisms built in that allow us to continually evolve, and we really look at that feedback that we get on our experiences as a gift. We welcome it. We want to hear ‘what did we do’ and ‘how did it land’ and ‘how can we make it better?’”

Adella Bell, PayPal

Within that one statement we see three things that PayPal does that every organization can do as well:

  1. Listen.Bell, Murugan, and the People team at PayPal spend intense amounts of time gathering insights from employees using advanced tools for employee sentiment analysis and more traditional focus groups to understand what the individual journeys look like at different stages of the employee lifecycle.
  2. Adapt.Using that information collected from those various methods, the People team at PayPal adapts its approach to meet the needs of its people at key points where they are needed most. Maybe it’s taking leave as a new parent, getting onboarded as a new remote employee, or taking on a new role as a manager. Whatever the case, adapting the experience to be intuitive and supportive creates the best impact for the people.
  3. Revisit.Finally, this is an iterative process. It incorporates a feedback loop that enables PayPal to see where it hit the mark and where it missed. In Bell’s words, “We want to hear ‘what did we do’ and ‘how did it land’ and ‘how can we make it better?’” That review after the fact helps to bring about a continuous improvement mindset and leads to better results over time.

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If you want to dig deeper into the case study of how PayPal is doing this great work, check out the podcast interview below.

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