Companies all over the world reel under the weight of heavy attrition. Ask any hassled HR manager and they would vouch for that. For most businesses, employees are assets but are just not treated that way. That causes an immense resentment, stress and frustration causing employees to scoot for the first job offer in hand — away from your company. As a business owner, this isn’t something you’ll want to see happening, do you? Here are some amazing tips to get your employees to stay:
Allow them Flexible timings, flexible work scopes, and flexible relocation options: One of the saddest things about job the much dreaded, inevitable commute. Not only plenty of time is wasted for the daily home-office-home commute, but also causes tremendous amount of stress and hardships for the employees. Not only that, all of this heavy movement makes the employees stay exposed to crime and accidents. As long as work has to be done on the computers , why not let them work for home? How about giving them the flexibility to choose whether they want to go home or come to office? Why not let them choose what they want to do and also allow them their own deadlines? Employees know that responsibility comes with freedom and are found to do better when given options.
Treat them with enviable respect: You must have heard it a thousand odd times but you wouldn’t have done anything about it at all. It’s easier said than done. It’s not easy to be a manager : to be a manager, you will have to worry about people, about their feelings, their relationships, and their life in general. It calls for attention to detail, empathizing but being firm when required and much more. If a manager has to do all this, not to mention manage their own problems — frustration and tension is bound to surface. That’s where respect stops; rage, corporate madness and politics begins. Start paying attention to them; call them by their first names; bring about a sense of livliness in the office and you will be amazed to see that your employees will not leave for petty things like money, career and fame.
Celebrate their success: When was the last time you treated an employee’s success as your own? When was it that you cut the cake for celebrating a recent sales manager’s target achievement? Do you take time out to wish your employees on their anniversaries, birthdays and other days of importance for them? Are too big a business owner for this? Doesn’t your ego allow you to mingle with people working for you? Go out there and celebrate their victory, their achievements, and all those little things they love so much. You’ll make for such a great boss that they will never want to leave you then.
Be one with them: Too many business owners, CEOs and corporate executives spend too much inside the cubicles. Cubicles are not where relationships, rapport and comraderie are developed. It’s in the common lounge, by the side of the employees’ desks, at the coffee shop, near the cooler room, or out in the porch. Are you one with them? Do you mix with your employees? At least, have you developed an atmosphere like this at office? Do your managers meet their teams this way?
Let them make mistakes: One of the other reasons why people leave is because too much is expected out of them for the peanuts that they are paid. People do mistakes and they learn from it. This is how our species evolved as a whole. If the members of your team or your employees make mistakes, just let it go. Think of the loss incurred ( if any) as an investment in training those employees. This is not to say that you can let your employees goof about on your money, but all this calls for a balance. Have a word with them; show them the way; lead by example.