Want to Keep Your People? Then Protect What they Care About!



When I was playing with the idea to make a move, I sat down and asked myself, "what is important to me?"

As I sat down, my little girl came up to me and said, “Mommy, I am hungry and I want a snack!” That’s when it hit me! This little girl means the world to me.

I made up my mind at that moment: My move will be based upon what is best for my family.

I have onboarded a couple hundred new employees and the question that I love to ask is, "What motivates you to come to work every day?"

The answers are always around: family, money and career advancement.

So protect these areas! If anything happens that places these at risk, tell them what happened and what you are doing to fix it.

They will understand. Never ever leave them in the dark!

Communication and trust is key!

So how do you protect your employee’s family?

  • Make sure they have a consistent schedule so they can spend time with them
  • Ensure that they have the right coverage during open enrollment because they can’t change it after
  • Make sure when it is time to go home that there are no obstructions like big trucks blocking the exit

How do you protect your people’s money?

  • Make sure they are getting paid for the job they are doing
  • Make sure their pay is fair compared to other companies
  • Make sure their pay is right
  • Use systems like Kronos to monitor that their hours are right

How do you protect their need to advance?

  • Always post and communicate your openings internally
  • Create a great on-the-job training to provide advancement opportunities
  • Ensure that your supervisors are constantly evaluating your employees to find the gems who can fill other opportunities
  • Provide opportunities for cross training

These are just three quick examples of how to protect what your people love! Don’t wait to do this when they are ready to walk out the door.

Take care of your people now!

Remember, that recruiting is expensive and can be a very stressful task for your recruiters and specially your Generalists who do it all!


Originally posted on HR2Serve blog.



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