Employee Retention Starts With Leadership: Three Ways To Improve Workplace Effectiveness While Increasing Job Satisfaction

We are currently in the midst of the “Great Resignation”, with nearly 3% of the entire workforce having quit their jobs in August. People are leaving their current jobs to find ones with better work/life balance, better pay, better management, and for other, more personal reasons.  

With job retention efforts often being overlooked, it is important to consider what you can do to be a more effective leader in your organization, so you don’t lose employees to the Great Resignation. Effective leaders – whether you’re a manager or team leader – are key to keeping employees engaged and motivated in their roles. Here’s three ways to improve your leadership skills to create a work environment in which people want to stay.

  1. Allow employees to have input on decision making when applicable

In situations that are appropriate for your business or team dynamics, allow your employees or team members to have input on issues, changes, or other decisions that need to be made. Even if you cannot go down the route that an employee suggests, just allowing the employee to give their input can make them feel involved in decision making.

  1. Path-Goal Theory

One of the best ways to be an effective leader is to follow Robert House’s Path-Goal Theory. House explains in a three-step theory how to use rewards to encourage employees.

  • Begin by determining employees’ desired outcomes in the workplace: whether that be a raise, promotion, better office, or other desires.
  • Next, reward employees for performing at high levels and completing work goals by giving employees their desired outcomes.
  • Most importantly, show employees the paths to attaining their goals by supporting them with confidence. Make them believe they can achieve their work goals and be rewarded for doing so. 
  1. Understand the unique needs of employees or team members

Understand what each employee, or group of employees, needs. Different groups require different leadership styles. An effective leader can adapt to the changes presented in each group they work with or manage.

Ultimately, leadership is about flexibility and the ability to adapt to the groups you manage.

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