Retain Your Best Employees

by Sylvie Surette on Thursday 26 May 2011, 8:52 AM | Category: Employee Retention| View: 2322 views

Retaining employees is very important when it comes to running a good business. If you have a big turnaround of employees you will constantly be training new people thus losing on the productivity. If you get some good workers who benefit your company you need to take the necessary steps to keep them. It will be up to you to make sure you do what you have to do, as these people will eventually try to find a job where they feel more valued. Although there is no way to keep all your employees as some will end up leaving eventually, may it be for health reasons or to further pursue their education whether or not you try to retain them; it is a fact when it comes to running a business.

First of all, there are warning signs that you need to watch for when it comes to good employees leaving their job. This particular person may be missing more work or appear to not be working as hard. Someone who is normally happy and does not have problems with others may start having issues with others or even with management. You may even see this person withdraw themselves from the social aspect of work. As soon as you notice some of these signs, as a person in charge you need to find out what's up and have a chat with this person.

If you notice any of these signs and have ample reason to believe that a certain person, who you view as valuable for the company, is trying to find a new job, sit with them and ask them straight out if they are looking for another job. Usually when confronted with the direct question the person will be honest and tell you they are in fact looking for something else. In this case, you can examine with them the reasons why and take the necessary measures to keep them.

You will also need to look at things at an organizational level and not just individual. Take a look at the most important reasons people have for leaving your company and maybe these are things you need to work on to prevent from losing a good employee in the future. If possible try having an exit interview with everyone who resigns in order to find out exactly why they are leaving and what they believe could change at the management level or in their jobs to make things better.

Another important thing to do is to make sure your employees have enough instruction and that they truly understand what is expected of them. Regular meetings with them will ensure that they are satisfied with the way things are going as well as confirm that they know exactly what is expected of them. There is nothing worst then when as an employee; you need to guess what your boss wants from you. That being said, it is also important to train them well from the beginning. Make sure you take ample time as well as the right person to train new employees so they understand clearly how to do the job.

All in all, when you have someone worth keeping, you want to do all that is possible to keep them. Great employees don't come knocking on your door every day, so as a manager ensure that your recognise when someone good is thinking of leaving or is looking for another job and try to fix this, and most of all start retaining them as soon as their first day of working for your company by providing great training and making them feel valued. 

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