The Beatings Won’t Stop
Until the Morale Improves
You can almost feel the anxiety and tension many people face in today’s workplace. People comment, “Am I going to have a job tomorrow?” “If my boss gives me another project, I’ll quit!” The present economic situation has forced many employees to work longer hours. Many downsized businesses expect their remaining workforce to work the jobs of 2-3 people. People can only take so much. Good employees who feel “burned” by their organizations will be the first to bail out when the economy turns around in the future. Productivity, profits and retention go hand-in-hand. Despite the economy, people today need a work environment that allows for maximum flexibility. A flexible work environment promotes greater productivity, increases retention and creates more dedicated workers. All this together should positively impact the bottom line. Consider the following:
Benefits have increased in importance to help counterbalance the complex needs and wants of the workforce. In 1960, businesses spent $23.7 billion on benefits. In 1980, they spent $266 billion and in 1994 businesses increased their spending on benefits to $747 billion. Smart employers are realizing that the plain vanilla, take-it-or-leave-it approach may diminish their ability to attract and keep good workers as well as place current employees in a position to question their loyalty and dedication to stay.
A survey from Randstad North America and Roper Research demonstrates the impact that “hard” and “soft” benefits have on people staying with their current job. When asked, “Would consider staying in current job rather than switch, if . . . “
Gregory P. Smith is a retention expert and shows businesses how to build productive work environments that attract, keep and motivate their workforce. He is the author of the book, Here Today Here Tomorrow: How to Transform Your Organization from High-Turnover to High-Retention. He speaks at conferences, conducts management training and is the President of a management consulting firm called Chart Your Course International located in Conyers, Georgia. Phone him at 770-860-9464 or visit http://www.chartcourse.com .
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