Top 8 Reasons Employees Remain Loyal

In recent weeks, I've hinted that quite a few of our readers are planning career moves now or by January 2015. But for those who are staying put... here are the top eight reasons loyal employees truly remain loyal to their current employers.

8. Feeling valued and accomplishments are recognized (29 percent): Instead of taking all the credit, good bosses and employers put the victory spotlight on their best, most deserving employees.

7. Reporting to a good boss (32 percent): Closely related to item 8 above, a good boss is someone who finds solutions rather than raises problems; takes the heat when things are bad but shares the credit when things are good. And most of all, a good boss keeps is real -- pointing out that life outside of the office is far more important than work in the office.

6. Quick Commute (35 percent): I have a 10-step walk from my bedroom to my home office, so I think I'm pretty much set here. But this should also raise a potential red flag if you have great employees who are commuting long distances. Would letting them work from home a few days per week improve the chances of retaining them?

5. Uncertainty in the job market (35 percent): Lame answer. There's never a bad time to be looking for the right career opportunity.

4. Good Salary (43 percent): Money and compensation are nice, but the No. 4 ranking proves that good job satisfaction often goes beyond dollars and cents.

3. Good Benefits (49 percent): Solid health care plans, 401K matches, profit sharing (when a business is doing well) and stock options go a long way toward keeping folks loyal.

2. Good Life-Work Balance (50 percent): Careful with this one. Make sure your hardest, most loyal workers are talking up life-work balance -- delivering for you even as they deliver for their families. Alas, sometimes life-work balance is code for "I don't have to work all that hard, and I'm not held accountable."

1. Good Team of Co-workers (54 percent): Look at that. Turns out the people -- and the culture they create -- are the number one reason employees remain loyal to employers. 

Create and nurture a great culture, and you'll likely minimize annual employee turnover. Unless, of course, you employ a bunch of closet entrepreneurs who are waiting to go off on their own. In which case, my advice is simple: Empower them to follow their dreams.

Source: CareerBuilder, Nov.-Dec. 2013 survey.

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