Businesses with hourly employees can sometimes feel like a revolving door of staff. Here are 4 ways to keep your hourly staff members engaged and retained.

Stable Schedules

Remember that your hourly workers have payments to make. Whether it be their debt or groceries, your hourly employees need a regular income so they can plan for their needs accordingly. This means employers need to stop giving employees a lot of hours one week and barely any hours the next. Just one week of bad hours can negatively impact an employee’s finances for the month and lead them to look for another job.

Early Scheduling

More than 50% of retail workers receive their work scheduled less than a week in advance and 20% less than three days in advance. As you can imagine, this can make for a very difficult work-life balance. Your employees will grow frustrated with not being able to plan social activities, missing important life events, and even being unable to make appointments essential to their well-being. You have all of your employees’ availability and more than likely implement a 2-week notice for requesting time off. Give your employees their schedules early.

Be Grateful

Studies show that employee evaluations with positive reinforcement keep employees engaged and motivated. You don’t have to wait until these evaluations to come up to provide your team with positive feedback. Even small gestures of kindness like saying, “thank you,” often help your employees feel valued and encourage them to return to work the next day. No one wants to work for a boss that’s ungrateful and only critical.

Recognize Potential

Employees that are recognized for their potential and move up in their careers are much more likely to stay with your company than employees who see themselves going nowhere. Does your staff have team leads? Are assistant managers hired from elsewhere or recruited from within your business? Employees that can see their co-workers being utilized for their talents are much more likely to stay with you.

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