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Effective Ways To Keep Employees From Leaving Your Business

The very best asset your business has is the people behind it. Without a strong, steady, and hard-working team, your venture couldn’t survive. After all, it’s the employees that allow you to handle the day to day workload. Without them, nothing would get done. When one of your top team members decides to leave, it can have a big impact on your venture as a whole. With that in mind, here are six things that you must do to keep employees from leaving your business.

Provide Accurate Job Descriptions

When people apply for a position in your business, they do so based on the job description that you provide them. This means that, before they even begin working, they build up an idea of what the job is going to be. When those presumptions don’t meet reality, it can cause a lot of frustration. The simplest solution for this is to write job descriptions that are completely accurate.

Watch The Growing Workload

Entrepreneurs hire staff to help lessen their workload. However, that doesn’t mean you should pile theirs high. There's only so much work that one person can take, after all. You can better manage your team’s workload by outsourcing tasks. A care home, for example, could leave it’s catering to those at caterplus.co.uk. You can also hire additional workers during busy work periods.

Allow Flexible Work Hours

Different people feel their best at different times of the day. While some of your staff will work best during traditional business hours, others feel more creative and energised much earlier or later. Because of this, you should try allowing your staff flexible work hours. You might want to let some of your employees work from home too, at least for part of the week.

Leave Them To Work

Few things are more irritating or insulting to an employee than a boss always looking over their shoulder. Although it can certainly be difficult to let go of the reins, you have to stop micromanaging your team. This wastes their time, as well as yours, and can make your staff not want to work at all. You hired those individuals for a reason, so trust them to do their jobs.

Show You Appreciate Them

Working for someone who shows no appreciation at all can be tough. In fact, it’s often so difficult that it pushes staff to move elsewhere. Rather than allow this, you need to tell and show your team how thankful you are. There are many ways to go about this, including giving extra vacation days or a cash bonus. Check out wheniwork.com for more ideas that won’t break the bank.

Give Them A Voice

As difficult as it is to admit, there are many ways you could be going wrong with your employees. Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to figure them out on your own. Because of this, you should make it easier for your staff to tell you. Some employers do so by introducing an open door policy, while others put out a suggestions box. You could try both and see which one works best.

A business is nothing without its staff, so keep yours from leaving by following the advice above.

About the author, Mark

Mark Asquith is a serial entrepreneur who has built globally successful design, marketing, software and digital businesses since he quit his real job in 2005.

A passionate podcaster, global keynote speaker and helpful bloke, Mark is the co-founder of Podcast Websites and the creator of Excellence Expected. He has a terribly embarrassing beard.

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