Strategies for Reducing Employee Turnover

Dec 18, 2014


People quit their jobs for a variety of reasons: they don't get along with the manager, they aren't happy with their wages, or sometimes, it's because they feel they aren't given opportunities to develop as a professional.

Many factors come into play when workers decide to give their notice, and many of these issues can be addressed by employers to retain their talented workers.

If you have a high employee turnover rate, or want to avoid mistakes that can cause one, consider these factors:

Communication: Consider how often you talk with each of your employees one on one. If you haven't sat down with your workers in months, or ever, schedule these meetings right away. One-on-one meetings are a great way to discover your workers' goals and needs.

Management Style: Micromanaging workers can lead to distrust, stress, and overall lower morale in the work environment. If you or your managers appear too unable to let go when they assign a task, work on developing a more trust-based management style. A lack of management is also a problem. If you don't have a consistent leader, find someone to help manage and work closely with your employees.

Gossip: Do your best to discourage workplace gossip. What may appear innocent will turn into employees airing their personal dilemmas at work or creating workplace drama.

Engagement: Employee engagement may seem like a modern buzzword, but it's an important aspect of every company's success. Keeping your workers engaged and interested in their work is critical to keeping productivity up.

Recognition: Are you telling your employees when they've done a good job? Don't keep your workers in the dark when things are going well. Recognizing an individual's successes can boost morale.

Competition: Competitions at work can increase your worker's stress levels. Most of the time, coworkers don't want to compete against each other. What may sound like a fun plan to boost sales or motivate employees can quickly backfire.

Training: Be available to guide and provide training for your employees. Workers want to gain skills to be better at their jobs as well as advice on how to move up within the business.

A business can't reduce employee turnover to zero - there will always be workers who take new jobs elsewhere, move to new regions, or leave for personal reasons. But you can keep your turnover rate from becoming troublesome and negatively affecting your business. Focus on creating a safe and positive environment where your workers know they can trust you and come to you for support. 

For more insights, check out the offerings in CEDIA's training library, including the eCourse HR When You Don't Have an HR Department (ESB0026).




CEDIA blog posts are intended to provide general information and should not be regarded as legal opinions or advice.

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