The Staffing Stream recently published an article about the importance of retaining your hardworking employees; because after the New Year 21% of those employees could be gone.

good-work-280x300According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, approximately 1 in 5 US full-time workers plan to change their jobs after January 2014.

Why is this?

Employees could be overworked or underworked, dissatisfied in general, underpaid, see no growth opportunities, seeking better benefits, seeking a better work/life balance, seeking a better job location, and many more reasons.

Because the economy has seen some positive changes, the job market has gotten better for employees. More opportunities are available, therefore curiosity is high.

Let’s face it; employees are pursuing job opportunities to see if the grass is greener on the other side. Can you blame them?

What can you do?

No, you can’t blame them. But as an employer you can make some strategic steps to ensure you employees that your grass is the greenest.

Take advantage of the spirit of the Christmas season, and show your employees just how much you appreciate them.

Be thankful.

You can never tell your employees enough how much you appreciate their hard work. Publically or privately tell each employee how appreciated and valuable they are to your company before leaving for a holiday break. Be sure to mention how you respect the employee’s dedication, work ethic, and time – give specific examples. Send a personalized card to the home of each employee and their family/significant other with genuine wishes for a wonderful holiday.

Be fun.

Create a work environment full of special surprises that SHOW your employees just how much you appreciate them.

Bring in lunch for your employees a few times before the holidays or surprise them with a special holiday dinner. Take your employees out for fun activities that are available in your area. Or do something simpler and cost efficient and host a game day in the office with charades, bingo, and other interactive games.

If you have the capital, give each employee a Christmas bonus (and be sure to tell them why they deserve it). Go above and beyond and give employees gifts, host an office gift raffle, and bring in baked goods each day.

It’s the little things that count. Regardless of the amount of money you have, there is something you can do outside of the box to surprise your employees for the holidays.

A prosperous business is the result of good management and good employees. These tips are the icing on the cake to keep employees happy. But be sure to evaluate the core of your business and that each employee feels worthy, successful, and content in his/her role.

Once 2015 rolls around, you may have to say farewell to some valuable employees that you don’t want to see leave. But not to fester; give your local Charleston A-team a call and we will be happy to help find the perfect employees for your company. At Alternative Staffing, we love it when a plan comes together!

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