Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

If retention of top performers and key talent is a priority for you, then one of the first places you should look for improvement is in the relationship between yourself and your employees.

Here are some reasons why Good employees walk

  • Negative Competition

Competition is good, gladiator wars aren’t. Pitting people and departments against each other does not encourage people to stay. Some people thrive in all stressful environments, most don’t. Why do you think there are so many articles about how to manage stress? People will leave a job if stress makes them ill.

  • Lack of Support

Do you communicate with your employees? Have you sat down and created a plan for their growth within the company? Has that plan been implemented after sign-off? If a manager doesn’t take the time to know his employee and foster growth, people will feel unappreciated. Do you know what unappreciated people do? They walk.


Employee needs….


  • Employees need meaningful workBusy work kills the spirit. Yes, some work tasks are menial, repetitive and just have to get done. But doesn’t mean they aren’t meaningful. Good managers help employees see the greater value of even the most menial, repetitive tasks. Help your employees see how their efforts help move the greater mission forward.
  • Employees need to make progress in meaningful work. But meaningful work isn’t enough. Employees also need to know they are getting somewhere. Good managers cast a vision for the future and help employees see where they are on the path to achieving that vision. Help employees see forward progress toward big goals by recognizing them for smaller achievements along the way.
  •  Employees need recognition of efforts and achievements that make an impact. All of this boils down to employees’ need for recognition. This is not a grab for another trophy or a gold star. Employees simply need to know what they do matters within a bigger picture. A spring 2012 Workforce Mood Tracker survey showed 78 percent of employees said they would work harder if their efforts were better recognized.

So be the Leader to give credit to your team for your restaurants success, and let the entire company see how much you all achieve together.

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