5 reasons your employees are just not that into you

not that into youEver wondered why you’re grasping at straws to keep your employees engaged or from moving on for something better? 89% of employers believe their people leave because of unsatisfactory salary, but the reality is almost 90% of them resign because of things other than money.

Every company wants a workforce that’s productive and invested in the long term. Understanding why your employees aren’t that into you is a starting point to getting to where you need to be.

Stop being a try hard
Let’s face it; we can’t all be the cool-kid like Google, nor do we want to be. A grand piano and a beer fridge is not the answer to an engaged workforce. You already have a culture that’s great; you just need to uncover it. Keep it simple by focusing on the achievements of your people and find a way to share and celebrate their successes. You’ll stop forcing something that doesn’t exist and start exposing your own story instead.

You don’t understand your people
Your employees aren’t the same, no surprises there. The demographic differences between Millennials, Gen X and Boomers are vast, as are your employee’s individual likes and what motivates them to perform. Take the time to find out what gets them out of bed in the morning and then play into these quirks. It will result in people that feel individually valued and inspired to work harder for you.

Your employees don’t see the point
One of the number one motivators for any employee is meaningful work. If you haven’t communicated and established clear goals, how does anyone know where they’re going? You need to ensure your employees feel connected to your business’ mission and way of ‘doing things’, then reward their behaviours that live by these values. Your people can start to feel more invested and strive for a common purpose.

The future isn’t looking very bright
Your employees’ career is important to them, so they need opportunities to grow and develop. This rings true for Millennial workers who identify this aspect of a job as one of their top priorities. Provide them with more responsibility and offer further training to grow their skills. You’re not only giving them an opportunity to add more value but to be promoted to new positions within your team.

There’s no reason to be loyal
The number one reason people leave their jobs is lack of appreciation. Anyone can offer a competitive salary, so you’ve got to look to other things to make your employees feel loved. Research has proven that companies with a ‘recognition-rich culture’ have a 31% lower voluntary turnover rate. Saying thanks for a job well done is a no brainer and doesn’t cost a thing. And the reality is, if you’re not giving it to them – then someone else will.

Sources:  WorldatWork®, Social Media Today, TLNT

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