Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Magic Words - Thank You; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Thought Leader Monthly THE INDEPENDENT VIEW

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Magic Words - Thank You; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Thought Leader Monthly THE INDEPENDENT VIEW

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Byline: Daniel O'Mahoney

IF you made a resolution this past New Year then you weren't alone. If that resolution - whether to eat healthier or to start that new hobby lasted about as long as a rich tea biscuit in a cup of coffee, then you also weren't alone.

But it seems there was one thing many of us seem determined to see through: quitting our current job.

A survey carried out by Career Builder revealed that a staggering one in five workers planned to leave their current job in 2014.

Although 59% of the 3,008 people quizzed are generally satisfied at work, 18% stated that they were unsatisfied with their current full-time roles. Of those dissatisfied, 65% then stated it was not feeling valued that caused them to consider looking elsewhere.

Employers can choose to bury their heads in the sand and get on with it. After all, everyone is replaceable, right? To put it simply, wrong. Imagine a job where your work and efforts simply aren't appreciated, paired with knowing that you could be replaced in an instant.

As a manager, employer or even supervisor, it's your responsibility to ensure that your staff and colleagues feel valued on a regular basis - unless you want to add 'hiring' to your weekly 'to-do' list and a recruitment agency to your payroll.

While this doesn't mean making comments every other hour about their work performance, little, yet frequent acknowledgments of their hard work will go a long way, not only ensuring your staff remain loyal to you and the company, but their work performance will improve now that they know their efforts aren't going unnoticed.

If you use your meetings solely as a soapbox to dictate and delegate, the likelihood is that even the most loyal and hardworking employees are going to drift off within a minute. But by congratulating efforts and encouraging conversation, not only are employees more likely to understand the tasks required, but they'll feel appreciated for the work they've done previously. …

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