How to Develop and Retain Your Employees

Businesses are nothing without their employees. A business that’s not investing in the growth and development of its people is putting itself at a disadvantage before it even starts. The Society for Human Resource Management estimates replacing an employee costs between 6-9 months’ salary, meaning if you have someone working on your team who makes $50,000 per year they would need to be replaced by another person it would cost an additional $25,000 to $37,500 just to recruit and train your new employee!

In a recent CAP study, they found the average costs to replace an employee are:

  • 16% of annual salary for jobs earning under $30,000 a year. For example, the cost to replace an $11/hour retail employee would be $4800.
  • 20% of annual salary for positions earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year. That would cost an employer $10,000 to replace a manager making $50,000/year.
  • And Up to 213% of annual salary for executive positions.

Employers are beginning to see the many benefits of developing their employees instead of looking for outside talent.

Benefits Of Developing Employees

When an employer puts genuine effort into developing employees, there are immediate and long-term benefits. Benefits to both the employee and the employer.

It Increases Loyalty And Retention
An employee that is being developed is an employee that sees a future with your company. An employee that sees no opportunity for growth won’t stick around. This growth doesn’t have to be upward mobility either. It’s just them being engaged and growing in their skills and talents.

When you have an engaged and growing workforce, they enjoy their work and remain with businesses longer. This helps you to truly establish your culture and gives you the opportunity to observe the talent and possibly promote from within.

Improve this by offering training opportunities such as webinars and conferences. Give them the reigns to determine which are best for them and a budget + time off to make it happen.

It Improves Culture And Productivity
Employee development programs are about people. Your culture is your people. When your people enjoy the people they work with they become more productive. A more productive workforce is a better company.

“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.” Simon Sinek

Culture is a combination of an organization’s systems, values, compensation, attitudes, and behaviors. When an organization develops its employees, you are improving culture. Employees that are being developed build better systems, add value to customers and the bottom-line, have better attitudes, and function more efficiently.

All of which leads to better productivity, higher engagement, and a culture that the employees own. Ultimately, resulting in business growth.

Improve this by teaming with your employees to get their feedback on what works best on a day to day basis. Get their input and perspective consistently. Provide a weekly check-in meeting to make this possible.

It Makes Growing Your Business Easier
When your business is maturing but your workforce is not, get ready for disaster to happen. Hiring and developing people from the outside is much more challenging and expensive than promoting from within. Research shows keeping the spark alive for your employees can double your revenue. Employees that are valued by an organization will add value to an organization.

When employees are devalued, the organization will be devalued.

The best way to add value to employees is to help them see how valuable they are. Help them understand and develop their unique talents, skills, and passions. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as it seems.

Improve this by celebrating your employees. Birthdays. Projects completed. Milestones in their training. Even the little things accomplished on a random Wednesday. Pay attention to them and celebrate.

Know Thyself To Develop Thyself
Ultimately, development rests on the employee, not the employer. An employer can only offer the tools, training, and schedule flexibility for the employee’s development. The employee must take ownership of their own growth.

Lao Tzu said, “Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”

When employees know themselves marginally better, they will begin growing. When employees truly know their “wiring”, you have a truly effective and powerful workforce. And when The employees understand themselves more, their understanding of others increases too.

This new understanding of themselves and others is what will create the next level product, service, or innovation that your business needs. Without healthy workplace relationships and engaged employees, efficiency and productivity will be the first things to go.

Improve this by creating a culture of strengths and limitations assessment. Weekly touchpoints like 10-minute Tuesdays and providing outside intensive training like my SAGE Leadership Program.

But what does employee development look like in action?

At Gillette Solutions, we created the SAGE Leadership Program to help emerging leaders accelerate their growth and get amazing results for their teams and organizations.

Learn more about this program by visiting our program page.

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