According to Forbes' article, The Top Five Reasons Employees Will Quit in 2013, the average lifespan of an employee is under five years. Why? Employees do not believe that their organization is investing in their success. One key attribute to this belief is a weak work environment. To provide your employees with an opportunity to succeed, it is important to create an environment where they can flourish. The following aspects of a strong work environment will provide a foundation for success.
Predictability - When expectations are not set, the environment can become stressful. Uncertainty and unpredictability create pressure that can interfere with an employee's performance. Providing sound direction is critical to creating predictability. When your employees understand their job responsibilities, success is inevitable!
Training - An onboarding program will provide full assimilation into your company. Solid onboarding is an opportunity for your new employees to understand the values and culture of their workplace. At OneSource Virtual, we have a two-week new hire boot camp that goes into detail about our services, values, and goals as a company. This enables our employees to feel a sense of knowledge and pride. Without the core fundamentals, your employees will not understand how different departments work together to make the wheels turn. Allowing your employees to see the entire picture of your organization will create a better understanding of the common goal.
Create an environment where they are not afraid to fail - I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and I have failed a number of times. The truth is I have learned more from my failures than I have from my successes. Failure is one of life's greatest teachers. Yet, fear of failure is a large obstacle for people to overcome. When you create a culture where employees are not afraid to fail, innovation will thrive. Your employees should understand that taking a risk and failing does not equal termination but rather a learning opportunity. A business does not continue to advance and grow by using the same formula time after time. A company's success is dependent upon the risk-taking mentality of its employees. This philosophy takes the excuse out of failure.
Predictability, training, and an environment where employees are not afraid to fail are key elements to a strong work environment. In this environment, employees will believe that their success is a vital part of the company's success. That is a culture where employees will want to stay!