With one of the lowest unemployment rates we have seen in recent history, the availability of jobs is quite high. Those who put their heart and soul into their jobs are at a premium and should be treated as such. Why do we still have employees who do not like their jobs? Well, for one, not every employee's work is recognized regularly. A research done by Mercer, pointed out that 2 out of 5 employees are making plans to leave their jobs within the next year.
There are numerous other reasons why employees may want to leave their jobs, for example:
- Relationships with their colleagues.
- To find new challenges.
- They fail to see their contribution to the organization.
- Low compensation.
- Working conditions.
These are just some of those reasons and we have barely scratched the surface. All these, mostly boil down to the management. It is the management which is responsible to ensure that employees feel challenged, ensure the working conditions are suitable and even organize team building exercises to curb boredom.
So how exactly should managers better manage their employees?
- Communicate and interact. If you're one of those managers who's always cooped up in his/her office, then it is time to change that. We understand that getting too close to employees may not be good for superiors but you should at least interact with them once in a while. Do not keep them in the dark about projects that involve them and always seek feedback from them about the work and how they think it can be done better.
- Recognize good work. Recognize even the small accomplishments that occur during the work week. Don't wait until the annual appraisal! You should recognize good work and reward an employee as soon as possible to keep that momentum going.
- Lead by example. Your employees look up to you to guide them. You gain their respect by setting a good example for them to follow. If you follow company policies, are on time for work and meetings, and have a strong work ethic, chances are likely that they will as well.
- Get them more involved. As mentioned earlier, many employees quit because they do not feel appreciated enough. As a manager, you should involve even the interns or learning employees in certain important tasks even if it is under a supervisor or mentor. This helps build their spirits.
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