Offer employees opportunities, and provide them with good managers and a sense of community to keep them sticking around.

One of the major challenges for a business is to hire highly skilled employees who will be committed to the company and keep their responsibilities in mind. However, what many businesses do not realize is that a much more difficult task is keeping those employees, especially considering the availability of numerous jobs that might offer your skilled employees a good salary. But the offer of a better salary is not the only reason your employees may be lured away. In fact, they might be leaving due to issues present in the company itself, which will end up costing the company a lot of revenue and, ultimately, profit.

When you notice a couple of employees resigning, rather than panicking, you should design a plan that will help retain the remaining employees.

A lot of people may leave the company if they feel that the role they are in is not helping them grow and offers no better opportunities in the near future. Every employee wants to grow and wishes to be working in a company that will present them with opportunities to learn new things. Hence, you will need to devise or look for opportunities that your employees can take advantage of.

Your managers are among the biggest factors that may help retain an employee or push them to look for a different job. They will have to learn to manage your employees in a more proactive manner by showing employee appreciation through their effective use of emotional intelligence.

When you talk to your own employees or those of other companies, one complaint that will likely stand out is that management does not interact with them or ask for their opinions. You will have to open the lines of communication with your employees and ask their opinions on any move that the firm might be making that directly impacts them. It might help you figure out some serious underlying problems within your business that might have gone beyond your notice.

When you open the lines of communication be sure to ask your employees what their goals are, and then let them know what the company’s goals are. Relay the goals of the company in such a way that it will help you link the goals of the employee with those of the company. Explain how doing certain tasks for the company will help them achieve specific goals as well.

A lot of employees enjoy the psychological and mental peace that they might get in their company, which may be one reason they stay. When a person feels that they have a good boss, good colleagues and everyone supports each other, they might not want to lose that for another company even if it offers them an opportunity for a better salary. This sense of togetherness is not available in a lot of companies, so many people might not want to let that go.

Maria Sampalis, OD, of Sampalis Eyecare in Cranston, RI, is founder of Corporate Optometry on Facebook, and the Corporate OD blog. She offers strategic planning services through Corporate Optometry Consulting.


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