Resignations aren’t particularly wonderful for anyone, are they? It’s never nice to receive a letter of resignation from a staff member. After all, you are losing a member of your team. However, it also means you have to go through the process of finding a replacement and training them to take over the now vacant role. It’s not fun, it’s not good for the team and it’s not good for the business.
What’s even worse than this, is when multiple staff start to leave, or you find yourself going through more new staff than most companies each year. In short, you are right to be concerned. Something is wrong and you need to try and fix it. They may be leaving, but there are ways to stop them.
- A Lack of Communication
This one isn’t as obvious as it sounds. A number of employees for various companies note that there is not a great deal of communication between them and their employers. This can be damaging as issues are not heard, and therefore cannot be addressed.
This results in frustration from employees, and ultimately to them leaving the workplace. It is possible to fix this, however. Many companies implement weekly 1-1 sessions so that they can discuss potential problems with employees.
Some have group meetings for this, or instigate an open door policy where they can come in and chat at any time. It works well, and it will fix any communication issues that your company might be facing. Here’s a smorgasbord of tips from CIO.
- Money Isn’t Everything
Cash reward for good work or meeting specific goals is great, and it certainly offers incentive. However, it only goes so far. Employees working hard for a cash reward will only work for so long before they become used to it, and even a little tired of it.
Most employees are looking for a company with a good reputation and benefits like child care, free lunches, and telecommuting. As the employer, it is quite easy to find out what your employees would like to see in terms of benefits from work. Diversifying the rewards you hand out not only boost incentive and productivity, but they can also encourage them to stay with you.
- You Have to Care
Your employees want to know you care, and this can be applied to a range of situations. They want you to care about their concerns in the workplace, as well as the suggestions they have for improvement.
Over half of the people who leave their jobs do so because they have a poor relationship with their employer. You need to step up and show them that you do – both in terms of their work life and personal life. If an employee feels cared for they are more likely to say with you.
This is completely underrated by the majority of employers. Your employees want to be recognised for their good work. They don’t even need a physical reward, just for you to acknowledge their good work and let them know that you are appreciative of it.
It’s natural for people to want some form of recognition, and by letting them know that you see them as an individual that has produced good results, they are likely to stay with you where they know they are appreciated.
- Challenge Them
People want a challenge, and your employees are no different. Those that are intelligent are going to become bored of easy and seemingly mundane work. Bored employees who are not having their intelligence challenged are more likely to leave and find a place that gives them what they need. Instead of letting them go on their way, nip it in the bud and provide them with something a little more on their level. They will definitely appreciate it.
Your staff will appreciate these little tips and changes in your attitude towards them and the work that they do. By implementing these into the workplace, you will notice a decline in the number of staff leaving and a boost in their general satisfaction.