Aug 17, 2012

Take a Hike

Employee_Engagement_Dashboard.jpgAccording to research by, the top 10 reasons employees leave their jobs are all related to the inability of managers to provide a work environment that meets their employees’ needs. To retain talent, managers must find ways to provide a workplace culture that promotes productivity while keeping employees challenged, stimulated and fulfilled. Here are a few strategies to help you do that:
  • Make work challenging. People tend to enjoy their work more when there is some sort of challenge involved. Solving problems invigorates people and makes them feel good about what they do.
  • Empower your employees. Employees who have some say in how they do their jobs tend to be happier and more fulfilled. Empower empoyees by giving them the latitude to make decisions related to their jobs, even if that means allowing them to make mistakes now and then.
  • Don’t overwork your employees. One of the biggest reasons employees leave is because they are expected to do more work than they can handle. If you lay off several employees and distribute their work to those who are left behind, you are going to end up with overworked and stressed out employees who can’t wait to leave. Keep employees’ workloads fair.
  • Ask them what they want. You don’t have to wait until someone quits to find out what needs are not being met. Ask questions to determine potential problem areas and take steps to eliminate them.
  • Show appreciation. A common complaint among employees is the lack of appreciation. Too many times, employees are expected to give everything they have without getting anything for their efforts but a paycheck. People love to hear that they’ve done a good job. Give praise freely when it is merited; it costs nothing and does far more to keep employees happy and motivated than most tangible benefits.


  1. Oddly enough, my new job really adheres to this process. It is a wonderful environment!!

  2. Great advice, but once in D.C. I had some employees that it was hard to come up with things to show appreciation, mainly because they did not .... oh well. LOL

  3. Probably the most discouraging thing to me in my job was being faced with more and more work. Some could handle it and some couldn't. Even when we could handle it, it was mentally exhausting and downright depressing.

  4. I would say you highlighted the reasons my daughter has left her jobs in the past. So far she's been at this one for 7 months. Fingers crossed. PS) Her boss has changed and she feels more comfortable with this one's expectations. GOOD advice you offered here.


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