In the past three weeks we have had a ton of rain in Milwaukee and this employee retention speaker has a swale between my lot and the lot of his neighbor that has grass that is almost 8” tall because it has been too wet to mow it. Or so I thought. Then, the other day, my neighbor decides to hire a young kid to mow his lawn because he was traveling on business. Before I know it, the young kid is trudging through the water and is getting the swale mowed that I believed couldn’t be mowed because it was too wet. Then it dawns on me, the reason the young kid got it mowed was that he was more driven and didn’t believe that it couldn’t be done. That reminded me of some of the potential clients I speak with that accept that high employee turnover is something they can’t do anything about!
If you are of that mindset, you need to think like the young kid and say, “the hell with it, I can do this. So, what if have to go through a little bit of discomfort and get my feet wet to get this done!” All too often, companies accept that they can’t solve their employee turnover issues or are too lazy to put in the effort to make it happen. This amazes me because if it were a production or quality problem, they would not have the same mindset. They would do almost anything to solve the problem.
This employee retention author takes a valuable lesson from the young kid. Think like a young kid and say that you can do anything and forget about the defeats you may have had. Or perhaps even ask the young people in your organization, “what would you do to solve our employee turnover.” You may not like what they have to say but they probably don’t have the mindset that nothing can be done about it. It also has the impact of sending an “R” message (Respect) that you value their opinion and need their help.
In closing, if you scoffed at the idea this employee recruitment speaker has just mentioned, maybe you need to think about what you are going to do when you run out of people to recruit in the labor market in your area. Perhaps then, you will think like the young kid mowing the lawn!