If you're a business owner, you know that your employees are your assets. Understanding how to keep them productive and happy, matters. Few things are more disruptive to a company than to have good employees leave.
It's well known that people don't quit jobs, they quit managers. SO how can you stem the flow of people walking out your door?
1. Don't overwork people. They need to have a work-life balance.
2. Reward good work and recognize employees' contributions. A pat on the back goes a long way.
3. Help develop people's skills. Good managers manage, no matter how talented the employee. They pay attention and are constantly listening and giving feedback.
4. Care about your employees. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human.
5. Keep to your word. Honor your commitments to employees or you will come off as slimy and untrustworthy.
6. Let people pursue their passions. Talented employees are passionate. Providing opportunities for them to pursue their passions improves their productivity and job satisfaction. But many managers want people to work within a little box.
7. Challenge and encourage people to step up. Good managers do everything in their power to help people succeed at a higher level than maybe perceived possible by the employee. Support is crucial.
8. Don't compete. Some managers literally compete with their employees, making them feel belittled and in conflict.
9. Don't imply you can do their job better than they can.
People need to WANT to work for you, so pay attention and you'll retain talent versus seeing a stream of people going for the exit sign.