How do you handle staff turnover in small businesses?
If you’re a dental professional, you’re probably used to working in a small team. But working in a small team doesn’t always have it’s perks! When someone leaves a small team, everyone feels the pressure. Today on the Blue Glove Jobs Blog, we’re looking at how to handle staff turnover in small businesses.
Stop putting all of your eggs in the one basket in the first place.
If you rely too heavily on someone and they announce that they are leaving, it’s no surprise that you go into a bit of a panic. Who will you turn to? Who will take on all of the additional roles? That’s not the person’s who is leaving’s problem. It’s yours. It’s down to the manager to organise the change so that everything will continue to run smoothly, whether that be distributing the tasks among other members of staff or instantly hiring a replacement. Anyone could leave at any minute, so stop putting all of your eggs in one basket. Staff
Staff Turnover needn’t be a problem – Be organised and have a plan.
People become ill and leave organisations, people get headhunted and find new opportunities elsewhere all of the time. If your best member of staff became ill and left or found a better opportunity elsewhere, what would you do? Do you have a back up plan? The more time you spend worrying about your staff leaving, the less time you have to focus on continuing to run your business smoothly. Keep calm and carry on! Have a basic job vacancy template stored away on your computer just in case. Make sure your other staff are able to cope with extra workloads before passing the extra tasks on to them, you don’t want them to become overwhelmed either! Start re-recruiting at your earliest convenience.
Don’t get angry with the member of staff who is leaving.
There’s probably a reason as to why they left. Staff are not obliged to stick around. The nicer you are about them leaving, the harder they’ll work during their notice period. If you give them the cold shoulder, don’t be surprised if they are slacking off during their notice period. It can be easy to feel upset, especially in a small business but don’t go burning bridges because you hoped they’d stay around forever. It’s important to remember that everyone is replaceable!
Find out why they are leaving, but don’t beg for information.
This isn’t to be nosy. It’s generally a good idea to find out why your member of staff is leaving. If it’s because of something in the workplace, use the knowledge to your advantage to improve the working environment for your other members of staff so that you don’t find yourself in a similar scenario again.
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