No…this blog is not about what you might be thinking. It is about how often you take a stroll through your facility as part of your employee retention strategies. Regular is good…in more ways than one! As an employee retention speaker and employee retention expert, a member of my audience asked if taking strolls through the facility should be random or regular. It was a great question that no one has ever asked. I believe in regularity!
Strolls should be regular and scheduled if you want to optimize their impact. Your purpose is to be visible, accessible and create a sense of stability. All three of those things are important from an employee retention perspective. Here’s why:
- Visibility is critical because that way people know you are there for them and that you aren’t just hiding in your office.
- When you walk by someone they have easy access to ask you questions, talk and get to know you. That helps to develop trust which is crucial to employee retention.
- If they know you will come by, they are prepared with questions and you send off the message you are dependable. People like dependable. That creates a sense of stability in what are often people’s very chaotic lives. Dependability builds trust and eliminates fear which is a major enemy of employee retention.
You will be able to accomplish those three objectives if you stroll your facility. When I hear people say they don’t have time to stroll every day, I disagree vehemently. They are missing the point. It is not aimless wandering…it is purposeful strolling. You have time to do things that have a purpose. So…get regular, get out of your office and take a stroll!