As an employer, you could be facing lots of change this New Year — that is, of course, if employees stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Last year alone, 62 percent of workers had plans to make a significant change to their work-related lives, and those changes included both finding a new job and embarking on a new career.
With so many people looking to the future with fresh eyes, it might be time for your company to do the same, especially when it comes to your retention and recruitment efforts. Otherwise, you could find yourself struggling to fill some vacant seats in 2018.
Deciding where to start can be a challenge, but the following resolutions can help ensure that your company gets off to a good start this year:
1. Challenge employees.
Your best employees likely want to remain challenged by their work. Review the responsibilities of your most treasured associates and make sure you’re providing them enough opportunities to grow in their careers. When people begin to feel like they’re no longer moving upward, you run the risk of them moving onward. If you are not in a position to promote, look for opportunities to engage employees in task forces and other special projects.
2. Believe in their potential.
Your authority puts you in the unique position to influence how employees see themselves. And if you express your belief in their potential, they’ll often meet — if not exceed — your expectations. As you challenge your employees, make sure to remind them why
you believe they can do it.
3. Develop their potential.
People perform best in workplaces conducive to growth. In fact, your best employees will want to improve their knowledge and skills. Sit down with each member of your team to develop plans to help them to grow this year. Just make sure to always include them in the process, so they feel in control of their futures.
4. Offer your support.
Employees will go the extra mile for leaders who’ve got their backs. Make sure your staff understands that failure is inevitable and a necessary part of growth. If they make a mistake, don’t be overcritical. Instead, stress that it’s another opportunity to learn and that you still see great things for them in the future.
5. Share your mission.
Startups often have the luxury of a staff that’s not just connected to but inspired by the company’s mission. As an organization grows, that mission can get further removed from those who make it possible. Communicate to each team member how his or her role contributes to achieving the company’s goals.
6. Celebrate differences.
Diversity in the workplace is great, but it won’t do your company much good if everyone feels the need to conform to some arbitrary norm. Take a real look at what it takes to succeed in each role, and guarantee that success is about talent and skill — not the ability to just go with the flow.
7. Recognize and reward.
If you’re not in the habit of recognizing people for their efforts, now’s the year to start. Use a team meeting or group email to thank a team member for a job well done. But don’t stop there; reward those who succeed by giving more autonomy over how they get their jobs done.
Many employers operate under the assumption that pay doesn't matter — as long as the workplace offers their employees plenty of perks. Pay matters more today than ever. By keeping pay ranges competitive, you’ll put your company in a much stronger position to retain and attract prized talent.
Employees will come and go. There’s no changing that. But if you want talent to view your company in a positive light, resolve to make the workplace better year after year. Be the happy office that will see the potential in each team member, support their growth, and recognize their contributions. With this, your business will have yet another happy, healthy New Year.
Advantage Resourcing is here to help with any staffing-related New Year’s resolutions you may have. Connect with us today to see how we can help make 2018 your best year yet!