Happy hours help
In today’s economy, it’s a job seeker's market and employers are feeling the burden of finding and retaining quality people. With that said, recruiting is a huge struggle for a lot of companies, especially here in Seattle. There’s been a lot of discussion about how to find above average people and how to win them over… i.e. competitive pay, vacation perks, having a foosball table in the office. A lot of these strategies are very successful when selling a prospect on a job, but once that “newness” wears off and your new hire has been in a role for a few months, how can you, as an employer, ensure their loyalty and keep them from becoming disconnected?
Invest in training.
I have had multiple conversations with friends and even co-workers that started in a job that they were extremely excited about, then ended up leaving shortly after. It seems like most common reason they left was that they felt like they weren’t learning anything. If you have hired a quality person, the best way you can keep them interested is by providing them with opportunities to fine tune or grow their skillset. By doing this, you’re not only providing them with a challenge that will keep them interested, but you're also giving them an opportunity to add greater value to the company.
Make your expectations clear.
If you're honest about what you're expecting from a new individual, they will do what they can to achieve results for you. Nothing is worse than being new at a company and constantly looking for more work to do. If a new employee has to start asking for more to do, they might make the assumption that you don’t think they’re capable of responsibility. By creating benchmarks for a new hire, you are going to give them the confidence in knowing they are achieving results.
To sum it up, employees want to know that they're spending their time in a place where they're valued. That value goes beyond spoiling them with PTO and team happy hours (not saying those are bad things!!). As a manager, if you’re able to communicate the value you have in your new hires, you will gain their loyalty, every time.