You may have heard the saying, “Employees don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.” This sentiment can’t be closer to the truth. People who feel valued in the workplace are much less likely to jump ship and work anywhere else. Generally speaking, people appreciate routine and stability so, if all is going well, they are much less likely to leave their jobs on a whim.
As a supervisor, there are things you can actively do to ensure that your employees don’t just stay in their positions, simply for a paycheck, but that they actually enjoy coming to work and being part of the team.
If you identify talented employees that want to grow the business, then give them opportunities to do so. On-going training and opportunity for growth are precisely what most people want out of their position. Forcing them to stagnate will only make them consider going elsewhere to get the opportunities that they desperately want. Reach out to them on a regular basis and encourage them to discuss their long-term goals with you.
Don’t Treat Mistakes as Failure
When you work with people, mistakes are a given. We are only human, after all. When they make a mistake (even costly ones), try to make it a positive learning experience for them and the rest of the team. Constantly making your employees terrified to make a mistake will only lead to tension within the workplace. Being open and honest with them about mistakes can lead to trust-building and even more confidence in the workplace.
Give Your Employees Freedom
It can be tempting for supervisors to micro-manage their employees. However, when you hire professionals to get the job done, then you must treat them as such. Creating more policies and procedures is not only stifling, but it also sends the message that you don’t trust your team. Give your employees the freedom and you’ll increase motivation and results.
Keeping quality employees should be the goal within any company. While there’s no fool-proof way to ensure that people will stay with your company forever, you can reduce the retention rate by believing in your people and giving them room to grow.