The grass is NEVER greener…
Many New Zealand Managers at the start of a New Year encounter this problem with staff members.
Whilst we all enjoy the Xmas / New Year holiday season – that first week back at work always highlights how much we enjoy our work – or not! Recruiters will tell you there is a seasonal spike in employees looking for new roles at this time of year.
One thing is certain – staff members who leave believing their new job is “the job of their dreams” are frequently disappointed. Employers able to manage the exit process in a positive manner are rewarded by the staff member speaking well of their time with the company and even being re-employed!
Some of the more common reasons for leaving are:
- To work closer to home (most common in Auckland)
- Outgrown the current role – no longer stimulating enough
- Seeking career progression and professional growth
- Better remuneration
- Seeking better work / life balance
- Don’t enjoy the work culture (or the Boss’s management style!)
If you are facing these dilemmas – see below for strategies to help you retain your valuable staff:
- Consider the possibility of your staff member working from home 1 or 2 days per week
- Does the staff member have the ability to take on more responsibility in the business?
- Does the staff member possess supervisory / management potential?
- Is the company paying current market rates – or below market rates??
- Do your team members have to take work home?? Do you expect them to regularly work overtime??
- When was the last time you organised a staff function – for some team building and fun?
You won’t always be able to retain your staffer – but you will give yourself new solutions to old challenges – and possibly a more streamlined and effective business model.
Hope this is helpful!