As an employer, you may be hoping your employees’ New Year’s resolutions included goals like: exceed last year’s sales numbers, learn a new professional skill, or stop using office hours to check social media. While these certainly may have made the list, there’s another resolution that many of your employees have likely set for themselves.
If this year is anything like the last, 62 percent of workers have already made plans to change their work lives, and those changes include finding a new job and embarking on a new career. In other words, you need to make a concerted effort to retain talent by setting a few New Year’s resolutions of your own.
The following resolutions can help make the business and cultural shifts necessary to ensure that your company gets off to an even better start this New Year:
- 1. Challenge staff. Chances are, your best employees want to remain challenged by their work. Review the responsibilities of your most treasured associates and make sure you’re providing them enough opportunities to grow in their careers. When people begin to feel like they’re no longer moving upward, you run the risk of them moving onward. If promotions are not feasible, look for opportunities to engage employees in task forces and other special projects to broaden skill sets.
- 2. Believe in their potential. Your authority puts you in the unique position to influence how employees see themselves. And if you express your belief in the potential of their success, they’ll often meet — if not exceed — your expectations. As you challenge your employees, make sure you remind them why you believe they can do it.
- 3. Cultivate their potential. People perform best in workplaces that are conducive to growth. In fact, your best employees will want to improve their knowledge and skills. Sit down with each member of your team to develop plans to help them to grow this year. Just make sure to always include them in the process, so they feel in control of their futures.
- 4. Offer your support. Employees will go the extra mile for leaders who’ve got their backs. Make sure your staff understands that failure is inevitable and a necessary part of growth. If they make a mistake, don’t be overcritical. Instead, stress that it’s another opportunity to learn and that you still see great things for them in the future.
- 5. Invite staff to share your mission. Startups often have the luxury of a staff that’s not just connected to but inspired by a company’s mission. As an organization grows, that mission can become just words on the wall for employees. Regularly communicate with staff how their work contributes to the mission and achieving the company’s goals.
- 6. Embrace differences in your staff. Diversity in the workplace is great, but it won’t do your company much good if everyone feels the need to conform to some arbitrary norm. Take a real look at what it takes to succeed in each role, and guarantee that success is about talent and skill — not the ability to just go with the flow.
- 7. Recognize and reward. If you’re not in the habit of recognizing people for their efforts, now’s the year to start. Use a team meeting or group email to thank a team member for a job well done. But don’t stop there; reward those who succeed by giving more autonomy over how they get their jobs done.
- 8. Compensate. Many employers operate under the assumption that pay doesn't matter — as long as the workplace offers their employees plenty of perks. Pay matters more today than ever. By keeping pay ranges competitive, you’ll put your company in a much stronger position to attract and retain top talent.
Employers often underestimate the impact of the “little” things. If you want to attract and retain the best talent, make sure to recognize people’s potential, provide opportunities for growth, and give them enough room to learn from their successes and failures. In the end, it’ll give them more than one reason to stay.
Staffmark is here to help with any staffing-related New Year’s resolutions you may have. Connect with us today to see how we can help make 2018 your best year yet!