These Are The 10 Powerful Tips That Will Lower Employee Turnover Rates and Increase Employee Retention (From A Worker)
I have worked well over 15 DIFFERENT jobs and positions so far in my life. And all of my working life not once has a job ever considered that maybe they’re the issue. Not the people “not working” or “not wanting to work”. Accountability is all it would take to change their turnover rates. But in case that’s not an option, I’ve provided…
10 Powerful Tips That Will Lower Employee Turnover Rates:
One of the major things I despised most about 90% of my jobs was being forced to train somebody who would then take on a role above me despite me being there much longer than someone fresh into the job market. Even more so when that person hasn’t even been there a week.
The workers there now would be much more adept at taking those higher paying roles than someone you pulled in off the streets. This creates conflict in the workplace, plus A HIGH TURNOVER RATE. Because no one wants to work at a job who constantly overlooks them and basically uses them for manager roles stuck at minimum wage.
STOP PROMOTING FROM OUTSIDE THE BUSINESS.
Don’t try to be sly when it comes to this. Yes, we’re all aware of the basic discrimination laws concerning race, gender, religion, and sexuality. But we’re onto the jobs who thought they could work around this and it’s only a matter of time before more is added to that list.
Jobs do IN FACT discriminate against those who appear poor, despite their best efforts, and those without vehicles. I’m just gonna say this as plainly as possible. Not everyone has cash to spend at American Eagle, or have access to Mommy and Daddy’s bank to buy a fancy new car. Hence the filled in job application. And so what if the person you hired rides a bike to work? They probably either was never taught how to drive a car or lost their license to a prior bad decision they most likely learned from.
People with bikes are more likely to at least show up for work regardless of weather, because they could also walk. Which I’m pretty sure most do anyways on nice days or when it’s too slick for a bike. You won’t ever hear them call in and say “my car got snowed in” or “my engine gave out on me” just to see them drive through town later with all their friends.
STOP JUDGING EMPLOYEES WHO SAY THEY NEED THE JOB TO PAY THEIR BILLS. THATS THE ENTIRE WORKFORCE RIGHT NOW!!
No More Bait & Switch
This one happens every single time. Doesn’t matter what job you’re applying to and it has got to stop.
When putting in application, applicants are often bombarded with poster boards, interviewers, and glass door reviews bragging about the company’s current offering wage or “competitive wages”. Yet when they get the job, all of sudden, it’s “oh well we’re starting you at minimum wage and will talk about an increase after your first 90 days here”.
Another tactic jobs do, that I know is fact because one had previously admitted it to me, is a job position bait and switch. When an employee sees an ad for a manager role somewhere and applies to it, that job is only going to give you a low paying position instead.
Their reasoning behind this is because they’re looking for qualified workers they won’t have to train or give out anymore higher positions. All with the false promise of “you can work up to it”. Have a better chance playing the lottery when they say that.
BE UPFRONT WITH YOUR WAGES, OR GUESS WHAT? THEY QUIT. AND GUESS WHAT ELSE? A HIGH TURNOVER RATE.
3 Phrases To Stop Saying
Every job I have ever been at has said these things to me more than once. And now, anytime I hear them it’s an automatic red flag that that job is toxic.
“We’re like a family here” Yeah, okay. If by family you mean the Manson Family then sure.
“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” Sort of like how the pyramids were built, right? Pretty much.
“Nobody Wants to Work” Yeah, okay. Keep saying that. But I can go on Facebook right now and point out at least 50 people right now looking for work that you’ve probably ignored.
RED FLAGS TO ALL OF THESE. ABOUT TO START PASSING THOSE OUT TO JOBS WHO SAY THESE.
Nature Vs. Nurture
Most jobs on the market do not feel safe or comfortable to work in. Most of the reasons are on this list as to why. I’m not saying to cater to everyone’s personal whims and needs, but jobs shouldn’t make their workplace feel like slave work either. Provide wages that equal the amount of work.
And if jobs are going to require a doctor’s note for being excused from work then they better start paying for that employees medical bills. Because I know what it’s like to have a 104 temp, unable to stand and zero insurance to go to the doctor. So guess what? I got fired for missing work. Because I was physically incapable of doing so. And I definitely wasn’t about to go to the hospital just to rack up a $4000 bill for using the ER. Can’t make an appointment without a copay, and most doctors offices will tell you to go to the ER if you don’t have insurance BECAUSE of that copay. So unless jobs wanna start paying those bills, or providing insurance, they can shove those doctor note requests up their ass.
And about the whole phones at work mess, stop taking them. Those phones are not company property. And I know for a fact all jobs will say “they can have their phones” but it’s usually underlined with “but it has to be put up in our lockers/safes” or “they can keep their phones… if they don’t want to work anymore”.
STOP FIRING PEOPLE OVER PETTY SHIT. SOME THINGS CANNOT BE CONTROLLED, LIKE A SICKNESS. AND SOME PEOPLE NEED THEIR PHONES IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION IS GONNA HAVE TIME TO GOOGLE YOUR BUSINESSES PHONE NUMBER. ESPECIALLY IF IT AIN’T EVEN LISTED ON GOOGLE.
Customers Are (Not) Always Right
This one is self explanatory. And one thing I know for a fact, most employees don’t have a reason to lie when it comes to a customers complaint.
I have, on many occasions, recieved false complaints. Usually they were from people who heard rumors of me and didn’t like me because of those rumors. And other times it was my GM’s friends who were trying to get me in trouble simply because I wouldn’t give them free stuff. I’ve even had customers lie and say I never gave them their items even tho they never ordered them. Which, inevitably, got me in trouble and got them free product.
TRUST YOUR WORKERS. CUSTOMERS ARE TRAINED TO OBTAIN FREE ITEMS.
Pay Wage Gap
We’re all aware of certain industries doing this in regards to gender(looking at you Hollywood) but there’s another issue no one is noticing. But I am. Because I’ve been there.
Talking about your pay is not illegal to do so amongst your fellow workers. Don’t let them lie to you. And jobs need to stop paying new hires more than their veteran workers.
PAY A PROPER WAGE, JOBS!
Freedom of Expression
This is another way jobs discriminate. And they get away with it, too. Last I checked, funny colored hair and tattoos does not keep a person from doing their job effectively.
As a customer, I prefer if my cashier had a unique style about them. Because I’m more likely to feel comfortable there and more likely to return. And LESS likely to ever try to return a damn thing to them.
IT’S 2022. GROW UP! PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONALITY. RESPECT IT!
“Don’t Minimize Me!”
If a worker is having a bad day, don’t tell them to get over it or whatever. Acknowledge it, and provide some insightful feedback. Stop responding with “oh I’ve dealt with that before, just gotta brush it off” or “oh, yeah I’ve been there before, it sucks”.
Instead: Give the advice you wish you could have heard at the time. And if you haven’t been in their shoes before about certain situations, then say something motivational and allow them to vent. Because an angry worker is one that will quit if ignored or told to “go away” or “suck it up”.
AGAIN, RESPECT THE WORKERS. HAVE JOBS LEARNED NOTHING FROM THE PANDEMIC?
Constructive Criticism Vs. Being An Ass
From my experience, most employers have zero clue the difference between the two. I’d say, look it up and learn it. Because there’s a difference between saying “how do you propose your idea will benefit the company” versus “that idea is lame, let’s talk about how you can change to benefit the company.”
IN OTHER WORDS: DON’T BE A NARCISSISTIC EMPLOYER. SIMPLE.
Hopefully this list provides a mindful enough answer to lowering high employee turnover rates. Feel free to share this with anyone you feel may benefit from it’s insight. Peace out, stay vocal!