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Labour Turnover falls – that’s good right?

Written by Erica Bassford, Head of Aspire at Lauras International.

The latest annual labour turnover figures from the Engineering Employer’s Federation (EEF) show that British labour turnover dropped from 16% to 14% last year. When it comes to manual workers the drop was more significant, from 17% down to 12%. Some believe that the reduction is due to uncertainty around Brexit and people wanting to hold on to their jobs. Particularly in the food industry, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding the fate of our non-British EU workers.

We should see a reduction in labour turnover as a benefit but it does also present a real challenge. How do you keep a stable team motivated, engaged and performing at their best?

The key to success lies with the leadership team. Having a vision and cascading relevant targets and objectives aligned with that vision is a great start. But to really motivate and challenge employees at all levels requires both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills of all managers within an organisation; skills that are often not identified in the job description.

Too frequently managers are put into position with little or no training in leadership yet many will have been promoted from positions where they had no responsibility for others.

  • How many managers do you have in your organisation that are too busy to take a break or simply don’t’ get round to important tasks, like spending time with their team? Is this due to poor time management or ineffective delegation skills? Possibly both?
  • What impact is this having on the motivation of their team?
  • How frequently do your managers recognise and reward good performance? We all need positive encouragement, some more than others, to keep us motivated to achieve our best.
  • How many great results are you missing out on because your people are not fully motivated?

Don’t let your low labour turnover develop into a stagnant labour pool – get in touch to find out how we can support you to deliver sustainable improvement through your people.

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Inspiring the people in our business to understand how they can improve and the business can therefore develop, is an important building block in our drive for improving efficiency within our business. Engaging everyone in the business to realise that we can be better and any little improvement drives down to the bottom line. This has been seen both in the way the staff have engaged and enjoyed the experience and the evidence of reduced costs has helped the business to become more efficient. This process never stops but it is the tools that have been developed by Lauras International that has allowed us to deliver this important work at both our potato pack houses.

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