Most employers fool themselves into believing that the best way to maintain a loyal employee base is to pay top dollar. Employers then load their employees with a bundle of work, provide strict deadlines, and then threaten their employees with possible firing if certain requirements are not met.
This process does not ensure employee loyalty because it fails to touch the heart of why a person might work for a certain company. Yes, there is actually a ‘why’ that is attached to employee loyalty for any company that is consistent across the spectrum.
Here are just a few reasons why an employee might stick around, even if the money isn’t so great.
Employees are people too. They have feelings that can dictate whether or not they give their all when working for someone, or a company. Considering this fact, most managers crack the whip on their employees because they are only focused on the bottom line…instead of being focused on the people who help to strive to achieve that goal.
Treating employees with respect might seem obvious, but you would be surprised to see just how often managers fail to show mutual respect. When managers degrade their employees, talk to their employees as if they are less than intelligent, treat their employees like they are disposable, or act as if their employees are merely cogs in a wheel, then they are showing the employees that they are not important.
Feeling inadequate can hinder anyone from giving their all, which is why it is important to show respect to ensure that an employee gives their very best.
When an employee feels that their ideas and contributions are valued, they work that much harder. No employee wants to feel as if they can be replaced at the snap of a finger. It is important that employers meet with their employees and share with them the things that they are doing to help make the company grow. When employers show their workers that they appreciate their contribution, they begin to see more of an effort in return.
Guidance makes a world of difference
When employers provide guidance to their employees, they show that they care about the employee’s growth as an individual within the company. Constructive criticism falls within this sphere, but keep in mind that the criticism has to come from a place of respect and a desire to help the employee be their best self.
People know when others are coming from a negative place and they react accordingly. Employers must keep in mind that they have the power to control the energy of the workplace environment. This power can help to encourage loyalty in any company.
The job market continues to fluctuate and it doesn’t help that more and more people are feeling insecure about their financial future. Employers can help to alleviate this insecurity by showing their employees that they care about them and their future, both at the company and beyond.
Once an employee sees that they are truly valued, respected, and mentored in the workplace, they will show their loyalty through their work…not to mention through retention.