There was a time when people got a job and stayed with the company until they retired. While there are still instances when that occurs, it’s no longer the norm. In fact, the average employment term is approximately 4.5 years and that number seems to be dropping. If you own a business, you understand how expensive it is to replace an employee, which is why loyalty means a lot. Let’s delve into different ways you can go about inspiring employees to be loyal.
Acknowledging when someone has done a good job is something that should not be undervalued. Sometimes inspiring loyalty simply requires you to be expressive when an employee has done well. However, it should be a meaningful expression of your appreciation. For instance, you can identify exactly what they did and communicate why you appreciate it. This lets the employee know that you are genuine and have been paying attention to their efforts.
Believe in the Employee
If you have hired an employee that you want to stay around, it means they’re doing good work. If this is the case, you should demonstrate that you believe in their ability to get the job done. When you let someone know that you believe in them, they are usually eager to prove you right. It’s common for most people to have some level of insecurity. This is the case across all levels, abilities and industries. You can actually champion an employee’s success by telling them that you are in their corner.
The best kind of work environment is one that’s collaborative, where everyone offers support to their coworkers. An employee is more likely to stay if they feel supported. This doesn’t mean you’ll do their work for them, just that you are willing to work together to get the job done. It’s beneficial for employees to feel like help is available when needed. A great way to offer support is by letting them know that you share ownership of outcomes.
Encouragement is a small act that can make a big difference. It’s usually required when things are not going well. If there’s a task or project that wasn’t completed with the best possible outcome, it’s helpful to be honest, yet encouraging. Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Whatever the situation, it’s helpful to let the employee know that you will get through the problem. It’s about having an “onward” philosophy.
Loyalty isn’t only about how long someone stays on the job, it’s also about their commitment while in the position. That’s why it’s always important to inspire loyalty. It’s good for everyone involved.