You’ve likely heard and experienced this: Highly talented employees don’t quit companies; they quit their jobs because of their managers.
Managers and leaders can be guilty of making mistakes that could affect retaining good employees.
Being aware of these mistakes and knowing how to avoid them are critical to keeping current employees—especially when replacing them isn’t easy as stated in last week’s Leadership Tip. Your goal becomes keeping the people you have.
Identify and avoid making mistakes that affect employee retention.
In an upcoming webinar, I share what I think to be the three biggest employee retention mistakes and how to avoid them. Your complimentary registration is here.
Not covered in the webinar but shared here is this: The mistake of promoting people who aren’t ready to take on greater responsibilities.
What do I mean by “isn’t ready”?
Whether candidates are a jobsite foreman, a production supervisor, a director, or a senior level leader, they may not have fully developed the skills necessary to be effective in their new role. They may not have earned the respect of the employees they are assigned to lead. They may not have the experience or knowledge required to be a credible resource for those they serve. If that’s going on, then they are being set up to fail.
Plus promoting someone who isn’t qualified affects your credibility and employee retention success. Afterall, who wants to stay in an organization whose leaders make poor decisions?
You may not have anyone else available to take on that new position, but with so much at risk, be mindful of developing the required skills for some to advance. That includes identifying and accelerating the improvement of any shortcomings a candidate has before going to the next level.
Times today are different than they were pre-pandemic and personnel challenges greater than ever. They require adapting to these changes and challenges while avoiding mistakes so you can keep the employees you have. Attending this webinar will help.