With the economy quickly amping back up to thriving conditions and the number of retirees leaving rapidly beginning to outpace the number of new employees coming onto the scene, employees have more job options now than they have in many years. With the veritable smorgasbord of employment options available, it’s more important than ever before for employers to understand how to make employees love their bosses and their jobs.

To add an additional level of difficulty for employers, job priorities have begun to shift. A Right Management survey that was released on April 20, 2015 reveals that employees are beginning to value work/life balance and overall happiness over high salaries and perceived performance success. Taking the following five actions can help to ensure that your employees continue to be content with you and their job.

Conduct Frequent “Stay Interviews”

While exit interviews are often stressed, “stay interviews” can actually help you to spot ways to improve your workplace before employees leave. It’s important that the right questions are asked during these interviews and that employees feel safe answering honestly. The best way to conduct “stay interviews” may vary depending on the workplace culture and design, but options include passing out random surveys once every few months, allowing surveys to be submitted via HRIS, or having non-biased third parties conduct the interviews.

Questions that may help employers to understand employee’s pain points and improve contentment levels include:

  • What do you love about your job?
  • What would your ideal job look like?
  • What do you dislike about your job and how would you change it?
  • How could your managers make your job more enjoyable?

Take Steps to Make Sure Employees’ Work/Life Balance is Desirable

About 45 percent of employees aspire to achieve a greater work/life balance. Now more than ever, employees are leaving jobs for other positions that allow better work/life balance-even if those positions offer the same or less pay. Greater scheduling flexibility, publishing schedules in advance, and allowing employees to work remotely can all help your employees enjoy a better work/life balance.

Offer Benefits and Perks

Businesses may vary in the kind of benefits and perks that they can offer, with larger corporations being able to offer greater benefit options and small businesses being able to offer more personalized perks. Paid time off, health insurance options, and employee incentive trips are definitely attractive options, but wellness options, free lunches and snacks, and company outings may also help to show the love. For best results, perks and benefits should show employees that their health and well being is important to the company.

Display Leadership-and Appreciation

When employees feel that they are doing all of the grunt work while managers and employers sit back and watch, they often become resentful and unengaged. Employees are much more likely to respect bosses that lead than bosses that dictate. A simple “Good job,” can also go a very long way towards helping employees feel valued.

Make Advancement Opportunities Clear and Attainable

While employees often leave jobs because of issues with managers or employers, employees usually won’t stay if they do not love their job-even if they love their boss. For employees to feel fulfilled, it’s important to make sure that advancement opportunities are available and attainable.

Larger corporations may have an advantage because of the sheer number of positions, but smaller businesses can stress the importance of an individual’s efforts to the growth and development of the business. Even the smallest raises and job title changes can help employees to feel that they are progressing and making a difference.

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