The Five Key Ingredients to Retaining Staff in Manufacturing
We recently wrote a blog on our 10 longest serving Fascia Graphics® employees, who on average have served over 15 years with the company, six years more than the already impressive company average of 9 years.
We believe our excellent staff retention is due to our company policy to nurture and support our staff, ensuring Fascia Graphics is not just a place of work, but where everyone works together as part of a close-knit team.
As Richard Branson said of his Virgin staff: “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to”
The five key ingredients that we believe are imperative to the retention of staff include:
1. No Glass Ceilings
At Fascia Graphics® we have the policy of allowing our staff to progress from entry level positions on the shop floor to management level with no glass ceilings. This is a key reason why our employees remain with the company for longer. This meritocratic system of promoting means no matter how long you have been with the company, if you have the skills to progress you will be given the opportunity to move up.
2. Continuous Improvement
At Fascia Graphics® we are always looking to invest in the latest technology and system improvements at all levels of the company. This constant push for perfection ensures that jobs within the company continue to grow and challenge our staff, keeping our staff fresh to the challenges of a new way of working.
3. Treating Everyone Fairly
Through consistent genuine two way communication with our staff, we can act on anything that they feel we as a company could do better, meaning our staff feel valued and listened to.
4. Developing Your Company’s Future
To retain good staff, you need to attract good people in the first place. At Fascia Graphics® we utilize a number of methods to attract good employees. One such method is the implementation of an apprenticeship scheme, which two new apprentices have recently joined. Being able to nurture young talent is a great opportunity to take young people with raw skills and develop them into team members. Upon the completion of the apprentice programme, we aim to retain all of our apprentices, who have been moulded into employees who understand the company’s core values and commitment to customers.
This investment in our staff and their training is not limited to new starters however, we also look to increase our staffs knowledge and skills so they can progress their careers. One such way we do this is through programmes such as the government backed ‘Growth Accelerator’, which is helping our staff develop themselves through coaching, workshops and leadership training.
5. Part on good terms
In the manufacturing industry the best employees are always in high demand, and so naturally other companies can make tempting approaches. So, if and when an employee does inevitably leave, we strive to part on good terms. If the individual is unhappy at their new place of work, we are often open to their return.
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