Employers wanting to prevent employees from having a wandering eye better make sure they are keeping them interested in their work, new research shows.
More than 60 percent of workers admitted it's at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they felt their work wasn't captivating enough, a study from staffing services firm OfficeTeam revealed. In addition, more than a quarter of professionals feel their employer isn't effective at keeping their staff determined and ambitious.
"When workers are disengaged, retention shouldn't be a company's only concern — productivity and customer service levels also suffer," said OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking. "There are many factors that contribute to strong employee engagement — chief among them are the ability of staff to reach professional goals and understand how they contribute to the organization's big-picture objectives."
OfficeTeam offers five ways you're alienating your employees and :
- Keeping them in the dark. Instead: Whenever feasible, employers should give their staff updates on the company's financial performance and long- and short-term goals, and explain what this information means for them and their jobs. Sharing this will help them feel connected to the organization.
- Not asking for their input. Instead: Actively seek feedback from team members. Managers and company leaders should maintain an open-door policy, and an open mind, so that it's easy for individuals to approach them. They should also reach out to those who may be uncomfortable voicing their thoughts to ensure their ideas are heard.
- Keeping them boxed in. Instead: Businesses should encourage staff members to take on new responsibilities and projects. By giving workers a chance to try new things, they'll demonstrate their confidence in them and help them build new skills.
- Ignoring their goals. Instead: It's crucial for employees to set career goals so they feel they're working toward something and can see that the company supports their professional aspirations. Employers should talk to their staff about their ambitions and work with them on plans for meeting those objectives.
- Working them too hard. Instead: Leaders need to remind workers to take regular breaks to recharge, and set a good example by doing so themselves. When the team seems particularly stressed, organize a collective breather where snacks or a catered lunch are provided.