To keep good staff; first understand why they leave
If you are a business owner, or if you’ve been in the same job for years, perhaps you have forgotten what makes a good job, a good job! Perhaps you have also forgotten (or not thought about for a while) the reasons you left previous employment.
If you are frustrated by a seemingly revolving door of hiring, inducting, training and rehiring; then it may be time to stop and consider what your workplace is not providing. Furthermore, if your primary point of attraction to potential employees is the amount you will pay them, then also consider this.
If money is the only reason they join you, it will be the first reason they leave you for someone else offering more.
To put this to a not-so scientific test (but a test nonetheless) click on the link below and take a short self assessment. There are 2 sets of 11 questions – the same questions repeated in each set. The first 11 will have you consider the best job you ever had (it may be the one you are in now). The same questions are then asked with you considering them in context of the worst job you’ve ever had (and yes, it could be the one you’re in now!) When you have finished, use the scoring system to add your responses for both sets of questions. It makes for an interesting comparison.
How do your scores compare? Is there a gap or perhaps a crater between the scores? What can you take from the results?
Occasionally, people who have taken the assessment told me that they had scored the final question, regarding income, higher on the ‘Worst job’ assessment – but it was overall by far their worst job. That adds further weight to the argument that income matters little (or for a little time) if the other aspects that create a good place to work, do not exist.
A final short quiz. Take another look over the assessment questions and then answer Yes or No to these.
- Do the areas highlighted in the assessment matter when it comes to creating a good work environment?
- Were some or all of the areas factors in you leaving or staying on in previous employment?
- Do you provide these workplace benefits in your current business / position?
- Could you provide them? (What is stopping you?)
- Would the cost of implementing these into your business / workplace be minimal? (and far cheaper than the cost of rehiring?!)
If you already have these in place and functioning, then well done – do more of that!. If you don’t and you are not sure where to start in getting them in, then please consider this.
Designing, installing and monitoring quality business systems and processes to create enjoyable and productive workplace environments is what we do best – and this is what ultimately helps you hang onto those great people!
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