It can be frustrating as an employer when you spend the time, effort and resources to sift through hundreds of applicants and invest so much into a new employee, only to have them leave at the next great opportunity. Sometimes it might only be six months thereafter, or a year or two after the individual’s initial hiring. Nevertheless, it is a costly problem that many companies experience.
How can you cut down on turnover? Better opportunities will always be there, so aside from offering more pay than you can afford, what are some ways companies can keep employees happier longer?
You’ve heard me talk about traditions, and perhaps you’ve even watched my TedX talk from May of 2015 in Boca Raton. Traditions are definitely a great way to beat the boredom and make employees want to stick around longer, but what are some other ways to get them to remain loyal?
Studies done over the last decade have revealed startling statistics about boredom in the workplace, which can lead to complacency, resentment and eventually the employees seeking jobs elsewhere. You may not even know what they are up to. They are quietly keeping their options open, subscribing to updates on Indeed.com or Career websites.
In case you missed my blog on 11 Fun Traditions you can bring into the workplace, you can go back and look at it here. Aside from these tactful rituals, there are other ways you can beat boredom if you just put on your creative hats and think about what the employees want. If you’re not sure, ask them!
For example, more and more companies are developing a company culture that is run more like a family atmosphere. You would be less likely to leave your family to go work elsewhere, so it’s a great philosophy. Another strategy is to bring more amenities and FUN into the workplace. Can work be fun? Yes, and it should be!
How about a “Funny Hat Friday” or weekly lunch picnic? How about putting a tiki bar in the breakroom and stocking it up full of free beverages and snacks? Or decorating the office with a great theme? Paint it to look like the ocean and let the employees help to draw the fish. It could be one, big mural that everyone participates in. If you work in a retail setting, you could even make the menial, boring tasks fun. For example, have a timed relay to get employees to race against one another to make the place look nice again after a mad rush of traffic has destroyed it. This works especially well for bookstores or apparel stores, when there is plenty of folding and restocking left to do.
The ideas are endless, but by brainstorming and asking employees what it would take to make the work environment more fun, you are also creating a company culture that embraces and encourages their creativity. If a worker enjoys being there, they are less likely to keep searching for a new job. Just by implementing a few things like this, you can start some new traditions in the workplace and also beat the odds of having to go through the hiring process again and again.