It’s more important than ever to nurture your staff

By Rebecca Thurlow, Compass Point Recruitment
The events of the past few years have caused most of us to pause and reflect on our lives. It’s made us value our family and friends, but it’s also got many people thinking about their jobs and whether their current role is important to them anymore.
Published in Suffolk Director magazine, Summer|Autumn 2022
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This introspective look at employment is causing a significant number of people to quit their jobs. What’s surprising about it, is that many of these will have been regarded as ‘company people’, who were long-term and considered loyal and valuable.

Someone who has been working diligently for 20 years in the same business may have now decided: “You know what? This isn’t for me anymore.”

They may well have been settled throughout their employment and might have thought they had a job for life. But when the uncertainty of COVID hit them, it took them out of their comfort zone. They have then decided to make the leap; to try something new, and we see many companies lose key people as a result.

When they do quit, the employer is left with a problem. They must recruit at a time when filling vacancies is harder than ever – but they must also replace a well-trained and highly-experienced person. These are difficult shoes to fill at the best of times.

This is just one of the reasons we are seeing big moves in salaries. Businesses realise they need to pay more to attract and retain the best – and staff know it. Candidates are more willing to move around, and they can target more roles, like the ones we offer at Compass Point Recruitment, than they might have done a few years ago.

Move forward by going back to basics

If someone is desperate to leave, there is probably nothing you can do about it. But for some employees, seeds of doubt take a while to grow into a burning desire to quit.

If management picks up on those doubts, things can be sorted. That’s why nurturing staff like never before is now so important. Regular catch-ups and one to ones, taking people out to lunch and adding perks, are ways to keep your people engaged and pick up any early warning signs of discontent.

“As business leaders, we all need to listen to our people more. We can no longer let staff issues drift  because their eyes and ears are now open to new opportunities. In this way, we improve our working relationships and reward people better.”

We might be a recruitment company, but we can also help advise companies on ways to retain people, and put a staff succession plan in place. Therefore, should senior people decide to pack it in unexpectedly, there is already someone capable of stepping up.

With that being said, we have many roles available now for those ready for a change. Feel free to contact us for a chat, whether you are an employer or an employee.

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Rebecca Thurlow is Founder and MD at Compass Point Recruitment. If you are looking for a recruitment partner that thinks outside of the box, contact:

T: 01284 76570
E: rebecca@compasspoint.co.uk
or visit compasspoint.co.uk

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