Having been in recruitment for almost 10 years, we have heard the many reasons why people love and stay at their organisations and the reasons why people decide to move on.
You will be amazed at how much we hear, so I wanted to share some of the reasons why people stay at companies.
I hope the reasons I share with you can be implemented by your organisation, and if not by your organisation as a whole, than you!
And yes, believe it or not, we all have the power to make small changes, whether it be to the whole organisation or the person you sit next to daily.
Here are the top reasons why:
There is clear direction and vision. And strategy does not change daily.
The best companies we have seen are constantly speaking the truth about the direction they are headed and the reasons behind those decisions.
When teams know where the business is headed and the strategies that are in place to get there, it is much easier for each member to execute on their tasks and make decisions daily.
Leaders trust people to do their jobs.
We have seen leaders wanting to know what their employees are doing every second of the day. We have also seen leaders allocate tasks and then just take over and do the task for them (because they don’t really trust that they will do it to their standard). Then we have seen the leaders who give tasks with little and sometimes no instructions at all.
The best leaders set clear instructions and expectations, they give people the space to do their job , they don’t suffocate them and they don’t leave them guessing.
Leaders are responsible for the people doing the job, so focus your energy and time developing them.
Advice and ideas from others internally (no matter the level of seniority) is not ignored and implemented.
You will be amazed at how much talent and ideas one single person might have. If you stop and listen of course.
If you have a good team they will fill you with new ideas to enhance the business. The only thing you need to bring to your meetings and conversations is your judgement.
People are treated fairly, recognised and are well respected.
Great companies see the best in people and treat them with respect. And the best leaders are spectacular, they take care of their people and they help people reach their goals.
There is constant communication - face to face! (No hiding behind keyboards).
How quickly can something be misinterpreted from an email or a text message.
Over communicate with your team because if you don’t it may just create rumors and a bad culture.
Face time is important, so leave your work area when you need to speak to someone. You gain so much more in building deep relationships with your team and there is no miscommunication with face to face conversations.
In today’s competitive market, building deep relationships and creating a trusting environment is key.
Mentoring, coaching and learning is constant at all levels.
Grow people, care for them and nurture them constantly, because people are the most important element to a business.
Genuine development simply occurs through meaningful conversations, not long lengthy development plans. And the best leaders we have meet are constantly learning and finding new mentors to grow from.
Leaders take responsibility when things don't work out.
People often get stuck into the trap of blaming others when things don’t go to plan instead of taking responsibility and owning the problem. Blaming others does not solve the problem or fix it going forward. It just creates a culture of fear and blame, so how does anything ever getting resolved if there is only finger pointing.
Three words could have a world of difference “I am responsible.”
Example: I am responsible if my team under perform. Have I not given them enough training, do they need more one on one coaching, have the expectations I have set for them too high, are they going through something personal which I don’t know about, have I hired incorrectly.
Everyone in the company is working together to get the best result for each other and the client.
Everyone in the team is clear on the ultimate goal, right from the micro to the macro levels and everyone understands how important their role is in achieving that goal. When teams don’t work together and take a more selfish approach that’s when things fall down.
Ego's and arrogance are put aside and people remain humble.
The best leaders we have seen put their ego’s and arrogance aside and certainly don’t take all the credit. Their approach is “we” instead of “I” and they don’t focus on how a task/project will benefit them but rather how it will benefit the company as a whole.