You may not realize it, but there is a pretty good chance that at least one top performer on your administrative team is currently looking for a new job. Job dissatisfaction often goes unnoticed by management until it is too late. So what can you do to ensure you’re putting forth the effort to retain your top office talent? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Stagnation in a career is one of the biggest killers of motivation. If your administrative staff isn’t feeling challenged, they get bored. And once they get bored, they may begin looking for other opportunities. You can combat this by providing additional responsibilities as they prove their skills and demonstrate their specific interests and abilities.
Managers often fall into the trap of believing they maintain complete authority in the workplace. That employee are there to serve and they should simply do what they were hired to do and not cause problems. But this is a very old-fashioned way of thinking about it. Thank you team regularly for their contribution and show them respect in the workplace.
Of course, you should pay your team well for their work, but you may also want to consider additional profit sharing opportunities. Unlike sales, the administrative team isn’t on the front lines of generating profit, but their contribution is important. By giving them buy-in to the company’s success, they feel more ownership over the work they do.
When an administrative employee goes above and beyond the normal scope of their day to day job, it’s time to provide recognition. Make sure that they understand their contribution is valuable and that you appreciate what they do every day on the job. Provide incentives and rewards when things go well to reinforce positive action in the workplace.
Lastly, you also want to encourage your administrative staff to take breaks. This isn’t just reserved for getting out of the office during lunch or taking a 15 minute in break in the afternoon. Enforce your vacation policy and don’t allow your team to feel like a week out of the office will mean they come back to a pile of work or feel like they are replaceable. Time away is important to recharge the batteries.
Do you want to show appreciation to your administrative staff? Contact the team at Harvard Resource Solutions Staffing Agencies in Troy MI today.