We make mistakes every day: setting our alarm for PM instead of AM, drinking decaf instead of the real stuff or thinking “It can’t be that bad,” before agreeing to a long term commitment. Be it romantic or professional, legally binding or simply understood: the very nature of entering into a partnership or employership with someone that you hardly know leaves a lot of room for error. Sure, you can get a good idea of what a potential employee has done, but what’s to stop them from doing a complete 180 in attitude and motivation a few months or years into it?
According to a Careerbuilder survey, 21% of full time employees are seriously planning to switch jobs in 2014. In the United States, a thin majority consisting of 59% of workers are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 66% in 2013. The largest dissatisfaction factors listed in the survey were that 66% of workers were unhappy with their salaries and 65% did not feel appreciated for their efforts. It’s pretty easy to tell who’s losing steam on your team. Take the extra time to check in with workers that have started to lag behind or have been for some time. Even if you can’t offer them a higher salary, just letting them know that their concerns are being listened to addresses one of the largest pain points of the workforce; a gesture sure to win over at least a few of them.