Retaining your top employees is always important and now more than ever in an ever-changed retail environment. If someone is your top seller, the last thing you want is to have them pack up and head to another store and, even worse, a potential competitor. Your employees are truly the face of your brand and an extremely important part of growing your business and keeping your top customers coming back again and again.
So, how do you make sure that your most passionate employees stay for the long-haul?
First, culture is important.
Creating a positive culture in a retail environment is incredibly important. After all, working in retail is stressful! Your salespeople may not always be dealing with the easiest of customers so it’s important to make them feel valued by their boss and fellow co-workers. Employees want to be recognized for their achievements and yes, given constructive feedback on things that may not be working. Develop your store culture and then remember to make sure you continue to hire employees who are a great fit for this specific culture. Not only will your top talent stay with the company, they could spread the word about how great it is to work for your business and end up making referrals for new employees. This could help with hard-to-fill or seasonal roles down the line.
Give them growth.
Career advancement is something on most employees minds and they want to know that your company has room to grow. While some employees are still working on mastering their current role, a lot may be ready to jump to the next level. Providing training courses or a mentorship program is a great way to provide a learning experience for your employees. Know a great leader in the industry? Bring them in for a speaker series!
Lead, but then take a step back.
Make sure that your employees know that you’re there for them to hear feedback and concerns but once you’ve trained an employee, it’s important not to micro-manage. After all, you hired them for a reason! Let them bring their strengths to the role and provide guidance when necessary.