For your construction firm to thrive, you need to find talent that will stay loyal. The last thing you want is for your best employee to leave for a rival company. How do you keep great employees from leaving? Keeping great employees from leaving requires an excellent retention plan. Here are some measure you can take to gain the trust and loyalty of your top talent.
Emphasize Transparency and Give Feedback
Employees want to know where they stand, so it’s no surprise that frequent communication and transparency are high on most employees’ wish list. Encourage them to come to your office with their questions and problems and provide them with consistent feedback. Employees want to know what they’re doing well, what they’re doing wrong, and how they can improve. If employees can see how they are making progress, they will become more engaged, and, thus, will be less likely to leave.
Provide Career Development and Training
If you show employees that you care about them as people and as professionals, you will have a much easier time gaining their loyalty and respect. One of the best ways to achieve this is to provide training and career development. This shows you care about their success. Help your best employees develop career plans that will allow them to learn on the job and progress on their career path. Too much talk of career advancement leaves some managers with worries that their best employees are going to jump ship to find better job opportunities, but you would rather your best talent develop and promote themselves within your company than seek validation elsewhere. So, you should do what you can to support them.
Accommodate Generational Strengths
The workplace has become quite diverse from a generational perspective. You have large numbers of baby boomers, millennials, and Generation Xers working alongside each other. It is always beneficial to have people with different point of views working together. However, if you don’t acknowledge generational difference and try to accommodate them, you’re going to end up losing great employees. If your work culture only caters to baby boomers, you’re going to isolate the millennials who you hire. Likewise, if you only try to appeal to millennials, you’ll lose your more established employees. Try to understand what each generation expects from their work environment and find a way to appeal to them.
One of the most important responsibilities of a leader is to create a culture that supports and engages their employees. This is the best way to attract and retain high-quality employees. Fostering career development, communication, and diversity will help you improve your company culture and keep the construction talent you worked so hard to land.
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