We’ve been talking about it for weeks: with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, many employers are having a hard time convincing their staff to come back to work.
In a similar light, many workers are currently thinking of changing career paths or aiming for something different. And that’s not even considering that a number of employers are currently hiring to fill empty spots in their teams. How can we keep some of our employees from leaving and exploring other options?
Here are five of our favourite tips to help you avoid the departure of your staff - whether it be in a context affected by the pandemic or not. Some of them might seem obvious, but they deserve a mention nonetheless!
A decision like this one depends on numerous factors, obviously. It’s easier said than done! We simply mean that it’s a solution that some employers have already put in place in the past few weeks to ensure their employees come back to work. Or to keep them from leaving.
A salary adjustment in this socio-economic context can have an important impact on retaining employees. It contributes to team loyalty and shows that you’re motivated to keep your staff on board. With the CERB, it’s also one more reason for them to come back to work.
Adjusting your employees’ schedules according to their needs can be done in many different ways, and is a pretty simple strategy to ensure your staff’s happiness.
On one hand, you can consider modifying the number of hours available to your employees, whether by increasing or diminishing them, or even by redistributing them through the week. If your employees have had the same schedule for a long time, ask them if they’re satisfied with it. Are they looking for a change? What could be improved?
On the other hand, consider revisiting your shifts - are they tailored to the current situation? Could they be optimized?
An adjusted schedule is definitely an important aspect of one’s job - one that weighs heavily when considering leaving your position or not.
You’re a good listener, right? Put that to good use! It’s our easiest strategy. Show your staff that you’re open to comments and suggestions, and that you want to improve and implement their requests.
A suggestion box, as simple a concept as it is, is an effective way to offer a communication platform that can help you reinforce your connection to your staff.
Take a few seconds to ask yourself “Who does what?” and then question yourself on the task distribution amongst your team. Is it optimal? Beneficial for everybody?
It might be time to consider redistributing tasks, even small or less significant ones, to avoid monotony. Adding a new fun task or removing a boring one from an employee’s To-Do list can help morale and change their outlook toward their job. Another easy way to ensure satisfaction within your team!
Increasing evaluations and feedback
We tend to forget how important evaluating employee performance is. Not only for ourselves, but for them, too.
Receiving frequent feedback is an important part of staying motivated at work. Having a clear idea of what one does well - and not so well - allows them to have precise goals in mind, which increases the feeling of belonging to a team.
Without feedback, it’s easy to feel left out or unimportant. Frequent evaluations shows employees that you’re paying attention to them and that their presence is valuable to the company.