November 2016 - Page 20

RETENTION STRATEGY - KEEPING GOOD STAFF WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY RECRUITING AND HIRING THE RIGHT EMPLOYEES FOR OUR EYECARE BUSINESS, SO RETAINING THEM SHOULD EQUALLY BE A TOP PRIORITY. DON’T BE BLINDSIDED WHEN YOUR BEST STAFF MEMBER GIVES YOU NOTICE BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T FEELING APPRECIATED OR GROWING IN THEIR CAREER. UNDERSTAND NOW WHAT YOU CAN DO TO KEEP YOUR BEST EMPLOYEES By Trudi Charest According to strategic planning consultant Leigh Branham, SPHR, 88 per cent of employees leave their jobs for reasons other than pay. However, 70 per cent of managers think employees leave mainly for pay-related reasons. Branham says there are seven main reasons why employees leave a company: - Employees feel the job or workplace is not what they expected. - There is a mismatch between the job and person. - There is too little coaching and feedback. - There are too few growth and advancement opportunities. - Employees feel devalued and unrecognized. - Employees feel stress from overwork and have a work/life imbalance. - There is a loss of trust and confidence in senior leaders. 20 Optical Prism | November 2016