For most worker bees, the feelings of frustration and unhappiness at the office are all too familiar. Whether someone was fed up at their previous job, or unhappy in their current role, many employees get the occasional urge to bolt.
After all, they’re only human!
And while most employees may be more comfortable taking the “tip-toe” approach when job hunting, including secret interviews and low-key online resume updates, there’s a simple solution to retaining these workers: honest communication AND follow-through.
While the thought of having these blunt conversations with employees regarding job dissatisfaction may seem daunting, wouldn’t you rather have these explicit talks now, before an employee checks out emotionally or hands you their resignation letter?
Sure, it may be uncomfortable, but it’s an effective method to keeping your top staff members.
As a manager, your job is to ensure that your employees are continuously being challenged, learning new skills, and moving upward in the workplace. By encouraging your workers to come to you prior to seeking jobs elsewhere, you have the chance to reshape their roles and responsibilities in order to meet their professional goals.
Not only do employees want to be heard, they also want their concerns validated and corrective action to follow. By having an open door policy where your team can feel secure in sharing what’s bothering them, you can effectively come up with solutions that will benefit everyone involved—keeping your employees happy and your organization moving forward.