2012 Predictions…Retention Challenges

Part One of Our Three-Part Series…

Most companies that hired employees in 2011 put significant time and energy into interviewing and hiring qualified people for their jobs.

Hiring can be a lot like dating – you have to kiss a few frogs before finding your prince.  But once you do find your prince, it’s storybook magic.

With 2011 fading into the background, the buzz is that 2012 will present a unique challenge for companies to retain those employees they worked so hard to hire.  This will be the year to pay close attention to not only hiring practices, but strategies to keep people engaged in the workplace. After all, you didn’t go through all that work to find a prince to have him hop away.

So why are some companies failing to retain their best talent?

According to a recent Forbes.com article, companies, especially large ones, may lose valuable talent due to company bureaucracy, lack of career development and the ability to understand what motivates their employees.

So what steps can a manager take to engage their team?

  • Be sure to align an employee’s strengths with the job at hand to ensure that they are the best person for the job.  Trying to “fit” someone into a position is not a good idea. An employee should be challenged in a good way, engaging their strengths to the fullest potential. Forcing a “fit” that is not meant to be could lead to issues in the work being produced as well as the dynamics of the team.
  • Connect with your team through regular communication, lead by example and find creative ways to motivate your team. If you rarely communicate with your employees, they are not going to connect with you or the company. Speak with your staff to determine where they envision their careers in the future. Discussing this can help you to guide and motivate team members.
  • Create an upbeat environment. From the physical workspace to the office vibe, employees want to work in a positive, cool environment. Let’s face it, no one wants to come into the office each day dreading negativity and a boring atmosphere.

Remember that teams are comprised of people who are doing jobs to ensure a company’s success.  The company won’t thrive without engaged, accomplished employees.

Stay tuned for our next prediction –“2012’s Must-Have Skills”

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