How to re­tain pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees

When a pro­duc­tive em­ployee speaks out his mind to you, he feels a sense of re­lief as his pent up en­er­gies are re­leased. That sense of lis­ten­ing on your part also binds him to your or­gan­i­sa­tion. He also feels em­bold­ened to do more good work for your or­gani

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

Prof DC Sharma

Arecent trend among really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees is emerg­ing, they in­tend to leave the job on find­ing a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity. Such devel­op­ment, if con­tin­ued for long, really tells up­on­the health of an or­gan­i­sa­tion. Should the of­fi­cers at the helm of af­fairs keep sit­ting watch­ing such a drama? If dras­tic steps to re­tain such really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees are not taken in time, a day will come when the said or­gan­i­sa­tion shall have to close down.

Cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion

Re­search has es­tab­lished that pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees hate monotony. Be­ing cre­ative, such em­ploy­ees love the job that de­vel­ops more cre­ative skills in them. Thus, in or­der to re­tain pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees why not the or­gan­i­sa­tions al­low them to pur­sue their goals by try­ing some new things? Why should not they be al­lowed even to try do­ing things in novel ways which pro­vide them cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion, yes, even of­fer them a new sense of con­fi­dence de­velop-

ing their skills fur­ther still?

Lis­ten to him

To re­tain a really pro­duc­tive em­ployee, good or­gan­i­sa­tions al­ways cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to him, but be­ware! Never lis­ten to him in a ca­sual man­ner. Lis­ten to him with rapt at­ten­tion. You don’t know how con­struc­tive ideas he has to of­fer un­til you lis­ten to him with at­ten­tion. When he speaks out his mind to you, he also feels a sense of re­lief as his pent up en­er­gies are re­leased. That sense of lis­ten­ing on your part also binds him to your or­gan­i­sa­tion. He also feels em­bold­ened to do more good work for your or­gan­i­sa­tion, and he fur­ther de­vel­ops the de­sire to do much more.

Good salary, perks help

Re­search has shown that 32% really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees tend to start their own in­de­pen­dent busi­ness. But when they are of­fered really high salary plus good perks along with in­de­pen­dence, which they in­tend to get in their own busi­ness, they drop the idea to leave. This gen­uine sense of free­dom gets them re­tained. They even re­alise that start­ing their own busi­ness would not be that easy as they imag­ine it to be.

In­ter-de­part­men­tal trans­fer

A sense of sati­ety that pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees find while work­ing for long in the same or­gan­i­sa­tion, can be re­placed into plea­sure once when they are of­fered in­ter­de­part­men­tal trans­fers. Thus, while they meet new faces, new per­son­al­i­ties, and even get the newer desks, they feel a sense of joy in per­form­ing their du­ties. That kind of a real change boosts their mo­rale and they get a new type of train­ing, as they have to work with hands which have got a dif­fer­ent type of train­ing than theirs. When the really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees are not al­lowed to move out of their place of work they get de­mo­ti­vated, and hence in­tend to leave the or­gan­i­sa­tion. So in or­der to re­tain really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees, they must be al­lowed to go out to get train­ing of their choice, or it would be much bet­ter if they be sent out for get­ting the best pos­si­ble train­ing in or­der to de­velop their skills and tal­ents. The amount, thus, spent on de­vel­op­ing their hu­man re­sources would bring the or­gan­i­sa­tion div­i­dends. In that case pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees rarely feel even the least sense of leav­ing.

Cre­ate so­cial cir­cles

Really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees of­ten leave an or­gan­i­sa­tion due to so­cial rea­sons too. In an or­gan­i­sa­tion where there are no so­cial cir­cles is not con­sid­ered a suit­able one for devel­op­ment. That’s why all lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate so­cial cir­cles, clubs and even co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties to cater to their all round needs and re­quire­ments. That type of set up builds a sense of co­op­er­a­tion among of­fi­cers and sub­or­di­nates and helps de­velop var­i­ous skills and qual­i­ties among the em­ploy­ees.

Friendly na­ture

An or­gan­i­sa­tion where the of­fi­cers are of a friendly na­ture helps re­tain really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees. Such of­fi­cers help en­cour­age pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees to be much more pro­duc­tive. They even help groom the tal­ents and skills of their em­ploy­ees. When really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees find such kind and co­op­er­a­tive of­fi­cers, they never think of leav­ing at all. All wise and pro­duc­tive of­fi­cers know that really pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees are the real as­set of an or­gan­i­sa­tion. Prof Sharma is a Kan­gra-based psy­chol­o­gist and a noted ca­reer ex­pert with more than 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence. He can be con­tacted at di­rec­tor.psy­cho­[email protected] or (di­rec­­reer­[email protected])

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