Worker Retention: Why It Matters Most
by: Joe Beahm, Account Manager, Graphtech
It’s no secret that over the past two years the workforce has declined. More and more workers are finding reasons to move on to another company, industry, or to not return to work at all. Finding ways to hold on to employees and workers is yet another negative coming out of a global pandemic.
I was fortunate enough to make a transition in industries prior to the pandemic. One of the most important things to me, for which I wasn’t even aware or looking, was a solid work-life balance. This has not only allowed me to spend more time with my growing family but appreciate and respect the company for which I now work. Discovering your employees’ priorities can not only retain workers, but it also makes your company a destination for other high-qualified candidates.
One of the most important factors in my decision to switch into an unknown industry was the clear expectations that were set from my first initial meeting. I did not leave second-guessing what was discussed or what was to be expected of me. Communication with current or potential workers is a huge component when looking to continue to grow your organization.
What I’ve found is that many workers believe the old phrase, “The grass is greener on the other side.” Show your workers why you’re the best place for their talents. Appreciate that they are helping you accomplish your overall goal and recognize their efforts. Don’t take it for granted, as it may take months before a solid replacement can be found. Ensure the employee knows and understands they are part of a team and that their opinions are taken into consideration when collaborating with other members within the organization.
I’m certainly not an expert on retention. I have, however, learned what’s been best for me and have not taken it for granted. Get on a personal level with them, ask about their day outside of work, etc. Listen to your workers and show them why they’re appreciated!
Posted March 22, 2022