Why Do Workers Keep Leaving?

As an employer or manager, you may find yourself asking “why do workers keep leaving?” For some organizations, high turnover rates are a real issue. For others, retention is a lot better, but still leaves something to be desired. No matter where you are at with retention rates, it is important to ask yourself why employees are leaving. Do you offer enough benefits? Do you provide enough salary incentive? Is your managing style to blame? There are many factors to consider, but some of the top things to ask yourself include:

Am I paying my employees enough?

Unfortunately, as an employer, you may not be able to do much about this question. Sometimes, what you can afford to pay employees just won’t be enough. However, before you lose great employees because you cannot pay them what they want, you should sit down with them, explain the goals of the company, and how you see them fitting into your future. By including employees in your company goals, you can provide them with a real sense of value.

Do I provide enough benefits?

Benefits are another tricky issue when it comes to employees leaving. Like salary, your hands may be tied with what you can offer and you cannot really do more than what you provide. For things like insurance, that may be the case. However, you can offset that by offering non-traditional benefits like an extra personal day, lunch once a week, or even allowing some employees to work remotely. When it comes to benefits, think outside of the box.

What is the work environment like?

One thing to examine when it comes to why employees leave is the work environment. This includes things like culture, organization, and cleanliness. Do you provide a comfortable place for office workers to take their lunch? Are warehouse workers have access to a clean space wherein they can take breaks? These are the types of things you should consider when it comes to the work environment you provide for employees. You may be surprised just how many of your employees are leaving because of these issues.

Is my managing style working?

This one may be tough for many to face, but some employees just do not mesh well with certain managing styles. If you find that you have a high turnover rate, then maybe you need to examine the way you are managing. Are you to hands-off with your employees? Maybe you micro-manage your employees? While there are many different ways to manage, you also need to be adaptable to what your employees’ needs are.

Keeping Top Talent

As an employer, manager, or HR representative it can be a real struggle to find top talent, but more than that, it can be difficult to keep that top talent. As someone who oversees employees, part of your job is keeping top talent working for and with your company or organization. This issue goes beyond trying to retain your employees. The issue is retaining the right employees.

In the past, we’ve discussed how employee retention is crucial to your company’s success, but you also need to make sure that you’re keeping the right talent, not just all talent. Here are just a few tips on making sure you retain top talent:

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement goes beyond just internal communications. Yes, employees want to know what is going on at the company but they want more than that. Many employees, especially top talent employees, want to feel like they are a valued part of the company. This means taking the time to hear them, speak with them, and actually get to know them.

Benefits and Perks

In the past, offering employees more money or better benefits might have been enough to keep them around. However, benefits and perks, in today’s workforce go beyond money and basic employee benefits. For example, if your employees do most of their work online or independently, consider letting them work away from the office for at least part of the time. By offering less traditional benefits, you can keep top talent engaged in their work and happy working for you.

Company Culture

Employees want to work in an environment where they are comfortable, valued, and can feel like they belong. As a manager or business owner, part of your job is to create a company culture. You get to help steer your company into the right direction and into the culture you want for your office or work environment.

Training

If you really want to keep top talent around, then provide them with training opportunities. Whether it is leadership training or the opportunity to go to an industry-specific conference, these training opportunities allow employees to grow in their careers. Employees will improve which will in turn help your organization.

Keeping top talent around will not only improve your business, but it will increase productivity and decrease your costs of hiring new employees who may not be right for the job.

Improve Your Employee Communication Skills

We are almost an entire month into the new year, but that does not mean it is too late to start working on self-improvement. As a manager or employer, improving your employee communication skills should always be a goal. From interacting with employees on a daily basis to mass communication across the organization, communicating is crucial.
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Why You Need to Know Your Employees

Depending on what industry you’re in, you may find it difficult to find the right candidates or even to retain your best employees. From salaries, to commute times, all the way to employee engagement, there are several factors for employee retention rates. One way to help keep top talent in your workplace is to know your employees.

While there might be a traditional separation of executives and managers from their employees, there doesn’t need to be. By learning what employees like about their jobs, what they don’t like, what they spend their free time doing, and what their career goals are, you can better connect with them.

Here are three reasons why you need to know your employees and make better connections:

1. Improve Retention Rates

It’s no secret that retention rates can affect the activities of your business. From a loss of productivity to the costs of hiring a new employee, high turnover rates have a huge impact on your business functions. By taking the time to get to know employees, you increase engagement and can better satisfy employee needs. Don’t just say hi to employees. Instead, encourage them to communicate with you on ways to improve the work environment and other innovative ideas they may have. Open and honest communication between managers and employees can go a long way.

2. Accelerate Growth

You could have a star employee and not know it. You could lose that star employee and lose innovation, productivity, and opportunity to grow your company. If an employee isn’t comfortable or feels like they don’t matter at work, then they’ll keep their ideas to themselves. When this happens, it could mean losing out on opportunities to grow, expand, improve processes, and ultimately grow revenue. Instead, talk with your employees, establish communication channels, and put effort into making them understand you are interested in their ideas.

3. Increase Productivity

While it was mentioned earlier, opening up communication channels with your employees and getting to know their needs can increase and improve productivity. By knowing your employees, they are more likely to care about the work they are doing, which will increase their productivity. When productivity increases, oftentimes, profits increase. By taking a few minutes every day or every week to talk to employees, you have the potential to see dramatic rises in productivity.

How do you get to know your employees? What are some of the employee engagement success stories at your companies? Leave your stories and suggestions in the comments section below!

Retaining Your Employees

One of the most crucial things in business is keeping your top employees. Not only will your business be more successful with amazing employees, but your customers will be happier, production will increase, and your overhead costs will more than likely decrease. Retaining your employees is one of the best things for your company.

But sometimes that isn’t easy. Employees leave for several reasons. Commute times. Better pay. Disagree with management. The list for why employees leave goes on and on. However, with the right tools and strategies you can retain your employees and keep your business successful.

RecognitionEmployee Recognition

One of the things top employees look for in an employer is recognition. If they’re going to work hard for you, then they want to be recognized for that. For many employees, this isn’t a question of pay. Sure, raises go a long way, but most employees are looking for more than that. If they do a great job with a campaign, make a top sale, or cover for a coworker who is on vacation or sick, then do something to recognize your star employee’s job well done.

Engagement

Employees are looking for transparency and understanding when it comes to their roles and the company they are working for. Managers, supervisors, HR, CEOs, owners, anyone who is in charge of someone else should be in constant communication with those who work under them. When you successfully engage employees, you can better understand them, their points of views, and what changes they’d like to see at the company. Engaging your top employees can help you retain your employees.

DevelopmentEmployee Development

While retaining employees is important, you should also focus on developing your employees. Give them the tools they need in order to grow
as an employee and as an individual. For some, this may mean a continued education program, budgets to attend conferences, or even a community improvement day. By helping your employees develop, you’ll end up retaining them.

Benefits

It’s no secret that a lot of employees leave companies for better benefits. This doesn’t always mean more money, but sometimes it does. Benefits can mean money, insurance, PTO, holidays, flexible hours, flexible schedules, and a lot of other things. When you offer these benefits to employees, they are more likely going to stick around. All of these things further employee engagement, employee happiness, and overall productivity.

Retaining your employees comes down to a few key things: recognition, engagement, development, and benefits. In order to keep your star employees from jumping ship, you need to assess these things and make the necessary changes.

What do you do to retain your employees? Leave your tips and suggestions in the comments below!

 

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Why You Need an Onboarding Process

Making the decision to hire a new employee takes a lot of time and consideration. You have to determine what skills you’re looking for, how much you’re willing to pay, where they’re going to work, what type of benefits you are going to offer, and so much more. After all that time and preparation, you can still end up hiring a bad candidate, which is exactly why you need an onboarding process.

Having an onboarding process can help you determine if a candidate is right for the job. With an onboarding process in place, you can better engage with new hire, and create schedules for employee reviews. The onboarding process will help new hires better acclimate to their new work environment and in turn create a better work culture.

Onboarding is Cost Effective

No one likes to make a bad hire, but it happens from time to time. An onboarding process can help you in this situation a few ways. Through this process, you can determine early on if an employee is going to be a great fit. Rather than investing a few months’ worth of salary in a new hire, your engaging onboarding process, will help you determine if the new hire is a good fit. Another way you can save money is by having set plans in place. When you have set plans in place, each hire will go through the exact same steps, which means the process will become easier for you over time.

Onboarding Allows for Employee Engagement

Employee onboarding paperworkOne of the crucial steps often overlooked when a new hire starts is engagement. This step in the onboarding process goes beyond filling out paperwork and showing them to their desk. It involves making sure you’re prepared for them, helping them settle in, and introducing them to people in the office. By engaging employees during this process, you can help make them more comfortable in their new work environments. Check in with them a couple of time during their first day, and continue to check in with employees after 90 days.Employee Engagement

Onboarding Helps Create Culture

It’s no secret that company culture is hot topic these days, but many don’t understand that it’s really a result of the onboarding process because when you help ease people into your company, they can more easily become part of your culture. When they are comfortable, they can expand your culture, transform it, and even improve upon it, which will result in a better work place and create happier workers.

What does your onboarding process look like? Do you have any advice about onboarding new hires? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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4 Ways to Make Your Employee Onboarding Successful

Whether you want to admit it or accept it, your company has an employee onboarding process. While this process looks completely different from company to company, it is important for every company (no matter how large or small) to nurture and define their employee onboarding process. So how do you make sure your new hire onboarding process is going to be successful?

It really isn’t as complicated as it may sound. In fact, following four rules when it comes to onboarding can help increase your employee retention, improve your employee engagement, and boost office moral.

Here are four ways you can make your employee onboarding successful:

1. Prepare for the new hire.

When the new hire starts, you need to be there and ready with all the necessary forms and paperwork they need to fill out. Instead of waiting until you meet with the new hire to print off any forms they need to fill out, have that ready to go so they aren’t waiting on you. Anything you can do ahead of time is going to make the entire onboarding process go smoother and it’s going to let the new hire feel like you are excited and ready for them to start.

2. Be open and honest with the new hire.

When it comes to letting a new hire know what is expected of them, it’s crucial that you are open and honest. This part of the onboarding process actually needs to start long before you hire. You might consider writing a description of job duties and expectations for them. When you advertise a job opening, make sure you detail the job and inform potential candidates of what will be expected. But more than that, you need to make sure the expectations you have for the new hire align with the information you gave candidates at the beginning of the process.

3. Establish a calendar.

You may think the onboarding process starts with morning coffee and ends at the end of the first day, but the onboarding process can (and should) take months to fully complete. Your calendar should change depending on the role and how much direct contact you will have with the employee, but as a rule of thumb, you should establish a calendar that allows you to check in with the new hire. You need to at least check in at 90 days, 6 months, and 1 year, but you may want to check in even more often. No matter how you choose to establish your calendar, just be sure you share it with the new hire.

4. Explain the company culture in as much detail as possible.

When a new employee starts, you have to keep in mind that they are going to be nervous and have lots of questions. As the person walking them through the process, it’s your job to give them insights and details into the company culture. Introduce them to the people they will be working with, show them around the office, and help them establish their role and fit into the culture.

Your employee onboarding process is crucial to the success of your company and your employee retention. When you have a well-established process, you can more successfully engage and retain the people you are hiring.

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Finding and Keeping Top Talent

A lot of thoughts and theories exist out there when it comes to finding top talent for any industry. You have to choose from dozens of different online job boards. Then there are traditional postings like newspapers. And in today’s world, many companies are turning to social media to find talent. But at the end of the process, you need a specific type of talent. You need to find and keep top talent.

Wanting the best of the best is not enough to actually get you the best of the best. It takes time and effort to succeed at finding and keeping top talent. However, the efforts you make will be worth it in the end because you can reduce your costs and turnover rates by finding top talent in the first place.

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