Keeping Productivity High with a Transitional Workforce

When employees leave on a regular basis, it’s usually for three basic reasons. The first deals with seasonal businesses that hire employees for short periods of time. The second has to do with jobs that attract younger individuals that only want to work part time and are not looking for a career. The last reason is simply because the workforce is treated poorly, so employees don’t stay long. The first two reasons can’t be helped, but the third certainly can. If you want to avoid this type of business scenario, try the following steps to encourage employees to stay on in the long run.

1. Find the Cause
Before you can fix a problem, you need to find the reason behind the problem. Why are you losing employees on a regular and ongoing basis? It may be difficult or awkward to do, but the best way to figure out why an employee left is to ask him/her. If possible, contact previous employees and ask them why they left, and if there were things you could have done differently to encourage them to stay.

2. Don’t Skimp on Technology
Younger workers have grown up in a technologically advanced world and expect to have modern tools at their disposal in the workplace. Invest some money in updating your phone system, get new computers, or redecorate your office to make it more appealing for potential workers. The more an employee enjoys their work atmosphere, the more likely they are to stay.

3. Limit Inefficiencies
It’s quite frustrating to be in a workplace that runs things inefficiently. Employees that recognize such inefficiencies are likely to be less satisfied with their work. We recommend you hold regular meeting with employees to get their advice on ways you could do things differently to lessen overlap or unnecessary busywork. This will make employees feel heard and appreciated, and help them become more invested in their work.

4. Train and Cross-train
Starting a new job is always stressful, especially when you’re working with a completely new system. When proper training is in place, employees can settle into their new position in a reasonable amount of time. Poor training can lead to extreme frustration, improper procedures, loss in profits, and high turnover rate. Set up a defined training system that can be used for all new employees. Make sure each new employee gets properly trained before increasing expected responsibilities. Cross-train employees to do a variety of tasks so the workload can be shared, and individual workers don’t tire of doing the same thing all the time.