You love your business but it turns out, your employees might not be as passionate about seeing you succeed. It’s understandable too. They’re the ones who deal with the stress of daily customer interactions. Although they love what they do, they’re not invested in the company’s overall growth in the same way you are.
For a manager, this thought is frightening. What would you do without your best employees? What would you do if someone (or a handful of people) quit?
The key is to understand the signs your employees are thinking of quitting before they leave. Here are five things to monitor to make it harder for your best team members to turn in a resignation letter.
They Don’t Get Along With The Manager
If your team members don’t get along with the manager, their job will be miserable. This is a person they must work under most shifts. If tensions run high between the manager and team, it adds unnecessary stress to the workplace.
Mediating employee and managerial concerns is tough but necessary. It requires listening to both sides, gathering facts instead of rants and finding a healthy middle ground where everyone can be happy.
They Don’t Feel Their Concerns Are Heard
You never want your employees to feel underappreciated. It’s vital these people know how much you value their support. One way to show this is by being an active listener.
Holding regular performance reviews with your employees is one way to show you’re interested in their success and want to hear their feedback. Keep these meetings open ended. Allow your employee the freedom to express concern or give reasons for poor performance without risk of reprimand.
Their Schedules Are Being Ignored
To your employees, time away from your workplace is just as important, if not more so. They have families and commitments away from work that cannot (and should not) be ignored. If they feel your scheduling practices don’t respect their free time, they’re more likely to find an employer who will give them the work/life balance they’re seeking.
Using a scheduling app like ScheduleBase offers your employees transparency while making it easier for your team to juggle shifts. It’s a win-win way to keep your employees invested.
They Don’t Feel Like They Can Take Time Off
How easy is it for an employee to request time off from work? If it’s a struggle to get the free time your employee needs to unwind or focus on other important aspects of his life, he’s more likely to quit.
Make time off requests easier and more fluid by either using an online scheduling app or managing them yourself. This shows your employee you respect his time.
They Don’t See Opportunities for Personal Growth
Ultimately, everyone wants to grow. If your employee doesn’t see an opportunity for advancement with your company, he’s more likely to go somewhere else.
Offer options for personal development, such as courses at a local college, certifications, or promotions (when possible). This will keep your team motivated to stick with your company for the long-run.
Have you struggled to keep employees invested in your company? What tips have helped you with retention?
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.