If there’s one thing you should keep an eye on as an employer is employee retention. I’m sure you are fully aware that your employees can make you or break you, which is why you would never hire an unqualified individual to work for your business. Similarly, you should make sure that the employees you hire never want to leave you.
However, retaining employees is not an easy task to undertake -especially now that millennials are the biggest generation in the workforce. Millennials are known to be job-hoppers, and they are always after something better and bigger in their careers, which is exactly why retaining them becomes a task that is not for the faint-hearted.
It’s not always clear what employees desire from a workplace and that’s because no employee is identical to another. Google seems to be doing a great job but we are not going to suggest you add slides to your office to make your employees happy.
Here are some suggestions of what you can do to wow your employees and make their workplace a place to love.
1. Promote Purpose
The key to creating a workplace your employees will love is to create one where they feel optimistic. And in order to do that you need to make your employees feel that their work is purposeful. Make sure that you share your goals and targets with your employees and explain to them how their work fits in the greater scheme of things. Be open about your business plans and your employees will feel that they are working for the same cause as you.
2. Free Food
If you truly want to impress your employees then give them free food. Depending on your company’s size and the expenses you can afford, you can spread out a buffet that any five star hotel would envy to offer free Friday morning breakfasts. Or, you could have some pastries and sweets delivered to the office on a monthly basis. Your employees won’t stop telling their friends about what a great boss you are.
3. Spend Time in the Field
Being the boss means that you probably need a lot of alone management time to make the calls and have the meetings, but if you’ve been hiding in your office, under the pretence of meetings, then you are distancing yourself from your employees and their work. Get out of the office and join them in their workspace, tell a joke, ask them about their work and show them that you care.
4. Have a Fun Break Room
If you’ve ever had lunch in the break room with your employees you will have probably noticed that misery is dominant there. That’s because employees are stuck for an hour in a room with nothing to do but dread the moment they have to get back to work. But, if you offer them a break room with comfortable armchairs and sofas, books, video games and perhaps a ping pong table they’ll spend their lunch break having fun. And having fun makes people productive, so even if you need to go a bit over your budget for this one, you are going to reap the rewards in improved employee productivity.
5. Create a Community
We spend so much of our time at work that it’s simply absurd to waste our time being competitive with our colleagues. By helping your employees understand that they can and should rely on another, you are creating a community. You should help your employees understand that supporting each other is a must in the company and that success can only be achieved through collective effort.
6. Make Work Meaningful
To take a page out of Google’s book, make sure that your employees strive for something truly meaningful. It’s not just the free haircuts at work and the free shuttles that get them to work that make Google a great place to work, it’s also the fact that their employees are truly enthusiastic about creating innovations in the world of technology. And although we don’t expect that all businesses out there to create safe self-driving cars, it’s important that you encourage your employees’ passion about their work. And the way to do that? Be passionate about your work as well.
It’s essential to remember that employees need to feel valued and appreciated in the workplace, add in a few perks and you have their undying loyalty.
What about you? What would help keep you happy in a workplace? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.