Did you know a November 2010 survey by Manpower said that 84% of the workforce would be looking for a different job in 2011? We do not know if that actually took place or to what extent these job searches were conducted, but we do know that many people are still looking to change jobs.
Here are a few things you should consider:
- How many people has your organization let go recently? Did you simply move the workload to existing employees? This can have employees feeling overworked and chances are they are not being compensated for that extra time and effort which can cause feeling of animosity.
- How respected and appreciated do your employees feel? Don’t undermine this one! Sometimes all it takes is a pat on the back. Other times, it can take perhaps a small increase in salary, a flexible work week, a great workplace culture or even offerings of lucrative benefits.
- The economy is going to improve at some point. When it does, unsettled employees will be looking to jump ship, if they aren’t already. Keep in mind that employees will only cling to their jobs out of fear for so long.
What’s Your Plan?
Consider these facts:
- Instead of marrying themselves to permanent employees, U.S. Corporation in the fall of 2011 are creating temporary jobs and hiring more project-based workers.
- On a year-over-year basis, 7.8 percent more temporary workers were employed in September 2011 compared with the same month last year.
- Temporary employment agencies predicting that hiring for temp jobs and seasonal jobs will increase in late 2011 and into 2012.(Courtesy of a Monster.com article provided by Dona DeZube, Monster Finance Careers Expert)
So, what’s your plan if your employee decides to jump ship? Do you have the resources to delegate and distribute their responsibilities? Will customer service, new business and operations suffer almost immediately?