• Pleasant, comfortable environment.
• Team spirit or sense of unity.
3. ALLOW EMPLOYEES TO VEN T … RESPONSIBLY
Some people vent because they like to complain; others complain because they want to make the workplace
better. There’s a huge difference.
Workplace actions can lead to many emotional
responses from employees. If there is too much negativity,
people will look for other jobs.
Turnovers cost businesses; 16 to 213 percent;of an
employee’s salary, according to a study by the Center For
American Progress, and leaders want to retain their top
Smart, engaged leaders give employees outlets for
their concerns. They:
• Select designated human resources representatives to
deal with grievances and ideas to make the organiza-
• Provide an in-of;ce suggestion box or whiteboard that
• Let employees schedule con;dential counseling
4. BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Employees crave belonging and connection. They
spend more time at work than they do at home.
How can you maintain employee retention? Cultivate
positive relationships with all employees;— not just new
hires.;Leaders do this by being positive, showing appreciation of others and actively listening.
Have you ever walked into someone’s of;ce, and the
person didn’t bother to look up from the computer as he
or she talked with you? Or have you ever had a meeting
where the other person focused on papers in front of him
or her and didn’t look you in the eye? Make people feel
valued by giving them your full attention.
5. HAVE MORE FUN AT WORK
Futurist and entrepreneur Bradley Gauthier;suggests
that incentives and positive reinforcements reduce negative atmospheres and build effective teams. For example:
• Schedule casual Fridays during slower periods.
• During summer and holiday seasons, consider rotating
schedules and telecommuting opportunities.
2. DEVELOP POSITIVE WORKPLACE POLICIES
Open communication, trust and fair treatment characterize
a positive workplace. Employees ;ourish when work is interesting and stimulating, everyone feels valued and the corporate
culture gives people opportunities to succeed. To cultivate;pos-itive work environments,;achieve consensus and produce
concrete results, workplace policies should highlight employees’ roles in creating and contributing to positive atmospheres.
This must be reinforced from the top — leadership down.
Everyone within the organization must commit to doing his or
her part to make the workplace positive. These factors contribute to creating a positive workplace:
• Clear policies and procedures.
• Open communication.
• Shared vision and goals.
• Clear leadership.