When you decide to hire new employees or increase the size of your work staff, the hiring process is only the beginning of a long road of building and establishing relationships. While you can’t expect your staff to stick around for the rest of their lives, it makes sense for you to try and keep them on staff as long as possible, since it could cost you up to 22% of an employee’s salary to replace them.
There are many tangible and intangible ways of motivating your employees, showing that you value them and making them stick around for the long run.
1. Take the Time to Get to Know Your Employees
When you take the time to get to know your employees on a deeper level, you begin to learn what’s important to them. Many of your employees have obligations in their personal lives they must work around, and it is important for the employer to learn these obligations and accommodate to the best of his or her ability. When an employee knows their employer is looking out for them, they will feel valued. When an employee feels valued, they will be happier, and a happy employee is a hard-working employee.
2. Be Intentional in What You Say
Think about the way you approach daily conversations with your employees. Do you give them explanations, reasonings or a purpose behind the tasks you assign them? Simply telling your employee you’re assigning them to a certain client may not be enough.
Next time, go above and beyond and remind them that they’re getting a certain assignment for a reason, whether it is the detail-oriented nature of their work, their previous performances or their exceptional customer service skills. Remind them about their specific contributions to the team and they’ll feel like they are irreplaceable.
3. Challenge Your Employees
Every job has some responsibilities that are not ideal. These responsibilities are bottom-of-the-barrel stuff that anybody with two arms, two legs and a brain can accomplish. When you assign only mindless, repetitive tasks, or assignments that are well beneath an employee’s skill level, you’re conveying to that person that you don’t value his or her specific skills.
It’s important to balance out this undesirable work with assignments that are more challenging. Entrusting challenging assignments to an employee tells them that you believe in them and that you trust they will do a good job.
4. Cultivate a Healthy Work Environment
Show your employees you value them by not overworking them or putting them in harm’s way. There are many tangible and intangible ways of cultivating a healthy work environment. This includes following state and federal laws in regards to breaks and workplace standards.
Treating your employees like human beings instead of replaceable laborers by giving them time off their feet, time to eat, a clean break room to use and a workspace filled with natural light are just a few ways show you value your employees’ health and happiness.
5. Thank Your Employees
It’s easy to shrug it off and say that a paycheck is the employer’s way of thanking his or her employees, but nothing goes so far as genuinely telling your employee, “thank you for your hard work.” Thanking your employees every day is an easy and effective way of conveying their value and showing them you appreciate their contribution.
When you look at your workplace, think about ways to make your employees’ lives a little bit easier. What do they value? What can you do, at little to no cost to your business, that will increase motivation and make your employees feel important? It might be more than free coffee.