How To Reduce High Turnover And Improve Morale For Less Than $20

How many times have we heard the saying: “Surround yourself with good people who take their work seriously, those who work hard and play hard”? Chances are it has been more times we can count, but do we truly understand its meaning? Are we hiring the best people we can find, at any expense? Or are we bringing on people that we can just “fill a space” with?5852325_f260

When we surround ourselves with exceptional people, they teach us things. They help up grow. Every conversation is an opportunity to learn or improve. With a mindset of teach-ability at the forefront, we are bound to grow and thrive. Are we truly using each moment we breathe to reach our full potential?

Some people feel that management is about control and micromanage their staff, even their family members. Others prefer to pretend they are a helicopter and “hover” over everyone. We all know this type of management style…and we resent it! Very few of us ever had the courage to “enlighten” this person about their de-motivating demeanor. These folks are living totally on self-propulsion. And they are always in collision with something or somebody, even though their motives may be good.

On the other hand, there are those that delegate and provide tools for the successful completion of tasks. These are the folks that compliment often, providing praise and recognition. This type of management style includes specifically outlined details and a timeline of completion. Their team members take ownership and feel empowered. They are loyal to the company. Do you know any of these types?

Thos who reduce turnover and improve morale follow methods similar to those outlined a priceless book called “How Full Is Your Bucket” by Tom Rath & Donald O. Clifton. If you have not read this classic work of art, please do. A quick read, it will be the most beneficial 45 minutes of your life. The section in the back, containing the “Clifton StrengthsFinder” assessment is well worth the cover price. It provides a comprehensive assessment of the individual’s personality. Add in the “Positive Impact Test” and the guide in the back of the book on how to apply the books principles and you have an item with exceptional value. In fact, the book even comes in a children’s version, to teach your adolescents on how to use it every day.

When someone comes to work at my company, “How Full Is Your Bucket” is required reading. As a service-based company, maximizing positive interactions is essential to success. Our goal is to make each interaction a positive one. Not only is this good for your business, it is good for your state of mind. In addition, each team member is offered coaching. They are offered Professional Development to help them fine-tune their skills and reach their full potential.

I was inspired to write this blog post by an article I read this morning in INC. Magazine entitled “Why It’s Wise to Hire People Smarter Than You” by Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote. His goal is to be the dumbest person at his company. And you know what? I agree with him.

Christopher Gould – President

Gould Design, Inc.