Companies spend a lot of their time and resources into hiring employees but don’t spend enough retaining them. If companies don’t treat their employees well and don’t make an effort to make them stay, their employees are likely to lose interest in the company and stop putting in their best possible efforts.
Job security goes without saying. Make sure you get business insurance not just for yourself but ensure your employees don’t go unemployed under your watch. While paying them competitive salaries and offering basic perks is a no-brainer, a lot more entails keeping your employees happy and making them feel appreciated.
Listed below are seven things you can do as a manager to treat your employees well and retain them:
Appreciating them more often
While this goes without saying, managers should appreciate their employees on a regular basis. When you feel like your employees have done a good job and put in effort, you should appreciate them to make sure they know their work is valued. This sense of being celebrated would make them work with even more vigor, zeal and passion in the future.
Organize monthly activities
As a manager you should make sure your employees enjoy themselves in the workplace – when they think of their office, they should think of synergy and enthusiasm rather than think about burnout and workload. Hence, you should make sure you include activities such as movie night, game night, in-office breakfast, etc. within the office premises or BBQs and lunches outside the office. This allows employees to interact with each other and let some steam out.
Have a monthly pet day
A monthly pet day is basically a day when all employees can bring their pets to work. There is absolutely no person who doesn’t love pets and if any of your employees don’t have any major allergies, you should hold at least one pet day on a monthly basis. This instills a feeling of belongingness in your employees towards their work environment and is a great way of allowing them to interact with each other.
Allow them to work from home
Sometimes your employees may want to work from home for various reasons – this could be because of a child they need to babysit, other responsibilities they have to fulfill or simply because they feel like it. You should make work for your employees as simple and flexible as it possibly can be, and allow them to work from home for at least one day in a week. Remote work coupled with office work actually makes your employees much more productive and efficient.
Listen to them
As a manager, you should actively be listening to your employees and taking their feedback. This includes taking their feedback on company operations, HR practices, office events, etc. Even if listening to your employees’ problems doesn’t solve all of their issues, it sure does satisfy them in terms of having someone who listens to them. However, merely listening on your part is not enough – you should actively make an effort into incorporating employee feedback whenever you look to redesign or change existing company policies.
Provide opportunities for growth
Whether it be their personal or professional growth, companies should actively make an effort to provide growth opportunities for their employees. This may be done by providing them with free training to enroll in which may concern personal health and habits or professional skills. This can also be done by allowing them to pursue higher education on a partly or fully funded basis by your firm. Not only does this help your employees grow, it also helps you professionally because this investment is likely to bring in profits for your firm in the long run. The new skills that your employees acquire are likely to help them work better and be more efficient in the workplace, and hence it’s a two-way win for your company in the long run.
Make them feel at home
If you treat your employees like mere employees, they are likely to treat your company as mere work. If you don’t treat your employees well, don’t expect them to put in extra effort and passion into their work. Making your employees feel at home and welcomed is an integral part of making them feel like they are wanted and treated well. This again is likely to benefit your company in return as them being treated well would likely affect their work in a positive manner. They would be eager to give their best for your company and their work.