Providing competitive benefits packages and financial incentives are great ways to attract employees, but financial compensation can only go so far. To retain your employees you are going to have to create a positive working environment. Here are six tips to help you retain employees by being the best boss you can be.


1. don’t be an absentee boss

As important as it is to give your employees space, it is equally important to make sure that they are feeling challenged and productive. Follow up with them at least once a day to see how they are doing. This is a good way to ensure they have enough on their plate and to see if they have any questions. If they feel like you are never around they are going to start feeling neglected which can lead them to the wanted ads.

2. give them work

As obvious as it sounds, make sure you give your employees work to do. If you feel like your employees can take on more, chances are they can! Don’t overwhelm them with projects just make sure they have enough to keep them busy. All jobs will have their expected  lulls  but ensuring that  your employees have a few  projects on the go will keep them from losing  interest  in their job. The only thing worse than being too busy at work is not being busy at all.

3. let them be your boss (by encouraging feedback)

Comments, suggestions or complaints should not be left for the HR department. Encouraging  your employees to give you feedback is another way that can help create a positive work  environment. It is important that your employee feels like they can talk with you about any issue that affects the workplace. Keeping an open dialogue with your employees will help earn their trust which will make them feel more secure and content in their job.

4. mind your P’s and Q’s

Your mom was right; manners DO go a long way! How you present yourself to your employees will affect how they feel about you and the company. Use please and thank you with every encounter you make. People respond to good manners and will work harder and faster for you if they are being asked courteously to do something. This is also true for bad manners. If you bark orders at your employees or send them blunt, rude emails they will feel less valued and unappreciated, and making sure there is value put to a person and their position will not only help retain your employees but it will ensure that they are giving their all when it comes to their work.

5. how flexible can you be?

It is also important to realize that your employees may have needs that require their hours to be a bit more lenient. Allowing flexible hours outside of the rigid 9-5 can help. Say you have an expectant mother or a single father. Allowing them to work alternative hours or from home is a way to reduce their stress and lighten their loads a bit. Creating arrangements like this will make your employees grateful for having such an accommodating boss.

6. be their biggest fan

Encourage your employees to take ownership of tasks or to take on projects outside of their role. This will help them further develop their skills and expand their resumes. It is also important to give them credit where it is due. Even if it is just a shout-out to them in a meeting they will see that their efforts are appreciated which will motivate them to take on more responsibilities. Forgetting to praise an employee or not calling them out on their hard work can cause resentment which can lead to a disgruntled employee. 

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