When a small business employer has found a gifted group of workers, the last thing they would want is to lose them. Outside of your customers, your employees are your company’s lifeline. They deal with the customers on a daily basis, and if they aren’t happy campers, it will effect the way they deal with your customers, and that can be detrimental to your business.
It is in the employer’s best interest that his/her employees are not only happy, but also loyal. If your employees are truly special to you, then you definitely are going to want them to stick around as long as possible. Here are 5 ways to keep your employees at your company…
1. Give them a sense of purpose. Your employees need to know why they are doing what they’re doing. They should feel like they are making a real contribution to your team, and making a difference in your customers’ lives. Never let them lose track of what your company stands for. They should always feel like they are making a difference in society by working for you.
2. Set specific objectives for your employees. If you hold your employees at high regard and expect great work from them, then great work you will receive! But first you must set high expectations (but not unreasonably high).Your employees must feel that you believe in them. They need to know that you see great potential in them and you really believe they can be the best.
3. Encourage employee input. Even if you never take your employees’ advice, it’s still a good idea to let them express their opinion time to time, just to let them know that you care about their thoughts. Having meetings with your employees, and giving them the chance to “have a say” is a great way to bond with your employees and include them in your decision making process. Remember: it’s all about making them feel that they are part of a team, which brings me to my next point…
4. Encourage them to help and lead one another. Just because everyone isn’t the manager doesn’t mean they are not capable of leading. Your employees should not only rely on you, but they should be able to rely on each other as well. This causes each employee to feel that they have support from all their co-workers, not just the owners of the business.
5. Have a clear set of company values. Notice that I said values, not rules. This means you must come up with a mission statement for your company. Your mission statement should include what your company represents, what your company wants to accomplish, and how you want to affect your customers and the market that you’re in. It’s a great idea to include your employees in the process of writing the mission statement, too.
To gain employee loyalty, you must make them feel like they are wanted, needed, and valued. They should never feel like they are in competition with other co-workers.They need to feel like they are part of a team effort, and that they have support all around them. To feel important and to feel like you matter is a game changer for any employee, and your company will be the one to benefit. Good luck with your business!