Retention & Engagement

3 ways to prepare employees for change and avoid turnover

Every day, change is happening all around us. There’s always something new or something better – and that’s especially true in business.

In today’s world, business leaders are faced with the constant struggle of keeping their businesses relevant. Here are a few key ways to help you ensure that yours doesn’t get left behind and your key players stick around for the long haul.

1. Influence a culture of change

It’s critical that you embrace change as a constant and approach it with a “keep getting better” mindset. In many ways, the future of your business depends on it. You’ve got to be willing to evolve. Encourage innovation and fresh ideas from everyone in your organization. Instead of saying, “That’s how we’ve always done it,” ask, “How can we do it better?”

2. Treat people like they matter

In an age where technology has transformed the way people interact on every level, it’s easy to sometimes overlook the human element in business. Don’t make this mistake. Yes, numbers and goal attainment are important. You won’t stay in business long if you aren’t making both a priority. But never place the importance of projects and things over the value of your people. They should always be priority number one.

3. Build a sense of trust

View your relationship with your employees as just that: a relationship. And make sure it’s one that’s founded on trust. One of the best ways to do that is to be empathetic toward your people and show them that you genuinely care. When they truly believe you’ve considered how change will positively or negatively impact them, your employees will be more apt to trust you as a leader and buy into your vision for the company. Progress doesn’t have to be painful.

Change is by no means quick and easy. It’s a process that takes some getting used to, but it doesn’t have to be a pain point. Putting these tips into practice can help you proactively prepare your employees for change and make continuous improvement part of your company’s DNA.

When that happens, what previously may have seemed like swimming upstream or going against the grain becomes the norm. Your employees will no longer be frustrated or overwhelmed. Instead they will be willing participants in the company’s progress and more likely to stick with you.

And that’s good news for everyone.

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About the Author: Candace Morton

Candace is a dynamic influencer and business development professional. For the more than a decade, she has used her broad experience to provide guidance to businesses to meet their strategic goals and maintain compliance as an employer. A

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