Six tips for building employee-employer relationships that endure.
These days employers may not be too concerned with whether or not their employees are content in their jobs. After all, where are they going to go? Across the country the number of new employee hires is at an all-time low. Yet ignoring employees now may cause you to lose top talent later, when chronically ignored and disgruntled workers have more job opportunities from which to choose.
So how do managers create loyalty in their employees now that will pay off later? Here are six tips.
• Routinely check-in with employees about how they are doing. One way to do this is with an anonymous questionnaire. Ask questions such as: Do you understand where the company is headed and how you fit into that picture? How loyal are you to co-workers and team projects? What do you like most about your job? What would you like to learn, and what are your aspirations?
• Give employees great jobs. A great job includes variety, fairness and a level of autonomy.
• Give employees great careers. Sitting down with employees periodically to map out a career plan can go a long way toward helping promote loyalty. Be open to anything during these discussions, even the idea that they may one day leave the company to pursue other opportunities.
• Avoid blame. Being quick to point the finger at employees is incredibly destructive. Good delegating involves sharing equally in successes and in failures.
• Reduce the quantity of mandatory meetings. Giving people the option of attending the meeting gives them more responsibility for their work, and it also creates more productive meetings because the people who are there feel like they have something to contribute.
• Recognize and acknowledge your employees. This includes simple things such as saying “good morning” or identifying people by name when praising their accomplishments.