04 Jan Retain Your Best Employees with Feng Shui
Whether a large conglomerate or a small two-person business, one of the issues that is always a point of concern and focus is employee retention. If you’ve finally found someone who seems perfectly suited for their job, carries out its responsibilities spectacularly and gets along with colleagues and customers alike, what can you do to assure that they will stick around?
Throwing more money at this ideal employee is one way to make someone stick around, but if they’ve maxed out your budget already, there are several other ways you can make sure that this prized person understands your appreciation of their work—using the power of Feng Shui.
- Provide areas for personal things. Set aside a room or a corner for them to eat their lunch or take a break. I have worked in small offices and clinics where a corner was successfully set up with a miniature refrigerator and microwave. A short counter with a stool or a small round table with a chair or two—–an employee can “get away” for a while. Not being expected to eat at their desk will show how much you appreciate what they’re doing for your company.
Likewise, provide a place for the employee to hang up their coat, store their boots and umbrella and other possessions they may bring with them. A locker or a coat rack is a small price to pay to show that you care about them on more than just their performance quality.
- Keep them in the flow. A prized employee should not be stationed near the back door. It’s an invitation for them to leave—permanently. Instead, embrace them into the space in a more intentional way, underscoring their importance to the team and the business. You can use that back office for storage or the copy room.
- Support their vision. Whether it’s a color they love, artwork that inspires them, or a plant that reminds them of their future growth, encourage an employee to express their preferences. Obviously, you can rein in any over-the-top ideas that may come along, but do allow them the freedom to make decisions about their office or cubicle set-up. The point is that you want them to express their vision through that of the company’s. This will give you both the opportunity to see how everyone can fit together in a cooperative way.
Although these corporate and office design ideas seem small and inconsequential in the scheme of everything, they are each an indication that the employee is appreciated and respected, often what most people are looking for instead of a bigger paycheck.
If you’re remodeling your business or moving to a new space or even constructing a whole new facility, let Carole help you incorporate purpose and meaning into your project using the time-tested system of Feng Shui.612-823-5093 or email Carole@carolehyder.com