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With resignations at an all time high, Laura Walters our Recruitment Board Director explains what 'The Great Resignation' is and how your business can take steps to hold on to good staff.

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When speaking to clients about this very issue I recommend the following:

Ask their employees what is important to them.

Take stock of what you have in your business, what are your business objectives, values and culture. Has this changed since the pandemic and have you asked your people? Ask them what they love about the business, what they love about their job, where they see opportunities, what they would do differently? These can be difficult conversations and to be honest at times you might not want to hear the answers but understanding this is really important as these people are your biggest asset so you need to make sure they are on the same page as you and reaching their potential.

 

Ask them what would make them leave.

We never do this, are we too scared to hear the answer, but why would we not want to know this? As a recruiter I ask this every day, what will make you move? Is it a £10 grand pay rise, is it a shorter commute, more flexibility? As soon as you understand this about your current employees, then you will better understand where they fit into your business and how to retain them.

 

Make it happen.

Let’s make sure that if we ask our staff these questions that we act on them and if we don’t communicate why. It can be difficult to be clear and transparent about our intentions so once an employee has taken the time and sometimes courage to have a difficult conversation it is so important that we let them know we are listening. Do a survey, publish the findings, and make sure that the people on your payroll understand what you are doing and where they fit into that plan.

 

Review this regularly.

Our needs change regularly, we are fluid, and we need to keep stock of what is important for our people right here, right now. Don’t waste your time doing a massive in-depth study and spend the next five years rolling it out. Keep on top of employees needs, have focus groups, comments boxes, easy ways to test the temperature of your workforce.

 

You won’t regret the time you put into your people, I promise.

 

Laura Walters specialises in Executive Level Recruitment, if you would like a chat about your career or recruitment for your business get in touch with her or any of our team by emailing [email protected] or call 0161 833 1044.

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