Law of Attraction

How can you attract employees? What can you do to retain employees? What can you do to increase employee performance? It’s the people and their attitudes that make the difference.

In other words, you cannot attract good employees if you do not have the right attitude towards your existing employees and provide a good working atmosphere and growth opportunities.

Retaining employees:

  • Keep your promises
  • Build employees’ self-esteem
  • Good access to management
  • Training and cross-training
  • Staff events/team-building
  • Incentives – recognition and rewards
  • Full-time employment for key people
  • Added responsibility, empowerment
  • Good working environment
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Hire the right people
  • Communication
  • React on employee suggestions
  • Regular staff meetings, parties
  • Flexible hours, rotating shifts
  • Clear policies and expectations
  • Everyone is equal
  • Partner with other businesses for off-season employment

Increasing employee performance:

  • Ongoing staff training
  • Keep employees informed of status
  • Frequent/consistent rewards and recognition for performance
  • Set goals, review, evaluate, feedback
  • Integrity, ethics, conduct, praise
  • Empowerment, creative input
  • Proper systems, good equipment and safe working conditions
  • Good management
  • Include employees in problem-solving
  • Lead by example
  • Bonus – by hour
  • Discounts, family and friends
  • Mentoring programmes
  • Be sensitive to personal issues

What you do to increase performance also retains employees and vice-versa. Some of the main areas that are commonly overlooked are orientation training, the establishment of tea and individual goals, having ongoing reviews and providing constructive feedback.

Without these elements, employees do their work without getting any feedback on their performance. What motivates employees the most and what keeps them loyal?

1) Full appreciation of work done

The full appreciation of work done is recognition. Recognition is positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement of actions gets those actions repeated. It help to make you think you are better than you may have thought you were. It builds your self-esteem.

If you feel good about yourself and you believe others feel good about you, you perform better than you would when you see the opposite side of the coin. So, the key is to help people build their self-esteem. You cannot motivate other person, but have opportunity to create the environment which means others can motivate themselves.

2) Feeling of being involved

By bringing all employees together in a room for a meeting, you create a team environment. By including them and sharing information with them, you are giving your employees an opportunity to share your perspective. By sharing the results of the period with them and asking them what went well and what areas could use some improvement.

3) Help in personal problem

Do take the time to listen yo your employees’ personal problems, understand and show them that you care as it’s often interfere with work performance. In turn, they will perform better because of your concern. People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Your employees will go out of their way to do a great job because you took the time to include them, empower them, thank them and show them that you care. Well, if you have happy employees, you will have happy customers. Happy employees and happy customers lead to loyalty.