As the end of the year approaches it’s a good time to take stock of how committed your team members are feeling about their jobs before they make New Year’s resolutions to find new ones. In today’s working environment, employees tend to take a mercenary approach to their employment. Most people approach their jobs with a “what’s in it for me” attitude. While you might wish it were not so, your best bet for minimizing turnover is to view each individual’s job experience as they see it themselves. To facilitate this process I developed the Employee Motivation Analysis (click on the picture to see a larger image so you can actually read the questions). I first used this chart when I was job hunting to compare opportunities, but now I use it far more often to understand whether my employees are flight risks.
You can take a crack at filling this out on your own for each of team member (I have included questions to help you evaluate where people stand on the various aspects of job satisfaction) but I have found that this is a great tool to use in goals meetings with individual employees. Go through the sheet together and ask how your folks would rate their jobs in these areas. This is a great way to be proactive about motivating your staff, and hopefully will keep your from being blindsided by unexpected turnover.