This employee retention speaker and employee retention expert knows several people that are “retired” but just don’t want to totally quit working. To them, work gives their life meaning and helps supplement their retirement, so they don’t have to change the lifestyle they are living. Because of that, both of them picked up part-time jobs. They enjoy what they do but like doing it part-time. This is where the problem begins.
Like most businesses, the organizations they now work for are struggling to find help. This puts constant pressure on department heads to find ways to cover shifts. Naturally, the easiest people to cover are those that aren’t working a full 40-hour week. Both these people are constantly asked to help cover. What went from being a supposed 20-hour per week job is now up to 30 hours. Both are team players, so they regularly accept the hours. Unfortunately, what happens is their department managers make them feel guilty if they don’t pick up the hours. This makes both angry because they specifically signed up for 20 hours a week.
Just this past week, both went to their bosses and said, “Enough is enough.” If they can’t go back to the hours they originally signed on for, they are going to leave. The department heads finally got the message. Both have seen an immediate change in their department manager’s behavior. They still ask them to help but now are grateful when they do pick up A FEW EXTRA HOURS. One even expressed she was fortunate to have this person on the team and told her she would Respect (The R in C.R.A.P.) the fact the employee only wants to work 20 hours per week. This is the way it should be if you want to drive employee retention in your organization. Many organizations don’t think about hiring part-time people as part of their employee retention strategies.
When you recruit, you have to ask yourself how your recruiting can help your employee retention. This employee recruitment expert always tells clients if they are going to focus on anything, focus on retention or you will hire and then just churn people. If you are thinking about employee retention, when one of your part-timers tells you, “I only want to work part-time,” respect their wishes or watch them quit!
Remember…Give Your Employees C.R.A.P. (Caring, Respect, Appreciation, and Praise). Why? Because C.R.A.P. Works!