Top Ways to Retain Employees | Management Tips

December 21st, 2012

The darkness looming over unhappy employees can spread like a disease throughout your workplace. Once one individual is dissatisfied with their work and environment the attitude can permeate the office. When work performance slips below acceptable standards, it is up to the management to make the necessary steps toward improvement. While you could certainly fire the problem employee, it is much better for the overall morale of the office to try to make that employee happy and engaged again. Here are some ways to make improvements and retain employees.

  1. Try conducting “Stay Interviews.” Rather than waiting until someone quits to ask for feedback, start talking to your current employees about their jobs instead. Talk to them about what they like and what they don’t like about the company, their coworkers, and their bosses. Be sure they know their responses won’t jeopardize their job.  Use this information to make real changes in the office.
  2. Provide positive reinforcement. Unsatisfied employees often feel that way because they only hear negative feedback rather than positive. Employees will leave because they don’t feel respected or valued on the job. Provide recognition for employee accomplishments so they feel ownership in the success of the company.
  3. Ask for regular feedback. Employees should feel comfortable coming to management with their own concerns and questions. Let everyone know you have an open door policy and you welcome all kinds of feedback to make the company better. Also confirm that they understand their jobs won’t be negatively impacted if they come to you with issues they would like to discuss.
  4. Flexible schedules. Work/Life Balance is buzzword in corporate environments but it is an important concept for managers to take into consideration. Many dissatisfied employees are frustrated by spending more time with their coworkers than their families, even if they like each other. This can lead to burnout on the job. Offer flexible hours or ways to earn additional time off. Allow your employees to work from home all or part of the time if possible.

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