A common concern with employers is the doubt that it is possible to create employees that are dedicated enough to stay around for more than a few years. In the long run, is employee loyalty really gone?

According to an article in Future Workplace, ninety-one percent of the Millennials or Gen Y generation (born between 1980 - 2000) are expected to stay in a job for less than 3 years.  That would mean they will have approximately 15-20 jobs over the course of their working life.

No wonder employers are concerned. The costs of investing in employees with the hope that they are going to be there for a long time doesn’t seem likely anymore.

Employers are realizing that the days of hiring someone for their lifetime are gone, even hoping for 5-10 is a stretch. 

Even with this reality in mind, there are a few things that employers can do to make sure they have employees more dedicated to their practice while they are employed. 

The checklist below, if used, will cause employees to appreciate their employer and become more dedicated to their job while employed.

  • Pleasant appearance of their workplace and space.
  • Get to know your employees more personally.
  • Take the time to listen to them.
  • Be available for them.
  • Handle mistakes fairly.
  • Implement ideas that they have.
  • Notice when they do something good.
  • Invest in training for them.

Along with trying to keep employees by doing the above, there are three main reasons that employees will leave an employer:

  1. Lack of faith in management or vision of the company.
  2. Concerns with the way the employer or management treat people.
  3. Lack of employer or management support in areas of performance reviews and employee development and education.

The time we are living in does present challenges for employers with longevity and dedication of employees. With an employer’s dedication to their employees and applying the people skills above they will have a better chance of creating loyal employees. And they possibly will create employees that will want to stay with them for a long time.

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