The following post came in my email a few days ago and I wanted to share it with you (especially those of you who are responsible for hiring or you lead/own a small business). It was written by Bill Murphy Jr. for Inc.com; Check it out:
That’s a good thing from a national economic perspective, but it’s pretty darn frightening if you’re an employer trying to hold onto your best workers. So, what’s the solution? Fair pay and good treatment matter, of course. Benefits and commuting time matter, too. In fact, 42 percent of those surveyed said if their employer offered Summer Fridays, they’d be more likely to stick around.
There’s an additional area of focus that you should consider. The same survey found that 50 percent of U.S. employees feel like they’re just putting in time at a job — and not really building a career. Day after day, week after week, month after month, that grates on them. Among the things that they say make them feel that way:
- Just 32 percent of employees say they’re satisfied with opportunities for career advancement;
- Only 37 percent say they’re happy with the level of “training and learning opportunities” at work;
- Another 58 percent say they don’t think their company offers the kind of learning opportunities they need to advance their careers;
- And 73 percent say they wish their companies would offer “educational opportunities or workshops outside of work hours.”
Do half of your employees really feel like you’re not invested properly in their advancement? Are a third of them really planning to leave before New Year’s Day? For both your sake and theirs, I hope not.
It’s also worth noting that these statements are exactly the results you should expect to see when bosses don’t lead effectively. It comes down to respecting people’s time:
- Articulating a goal that they agree is worth their efforts.
- Working to remove obstacles and ensuring that they have the tools they need.
- Recognizing that personal growth and security are important.
Give your employees ways to pursue the opportunities they want, or stay in a perpetual recruiting mode, constantly replacing top staffers who walk out the door.
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