Wednesday March 15th Classic Rock 92.1 along with our sister stations is sponsoring a Job Fair at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  And two of the things all the booth buyers are saying is: 'it's hard to find good people' and 'it's hard to keep good people'.

The first quandary almost answers itself - it's hard to find good people because talented, smart, motivated individuals typically are employed already.  But they can be picked off; according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics employees are only staying on the job an average of 1.5 years.  So while good people are hard to find, what's more of a conundrum is they're harder to keep.

Unfortunately I've witnessed this all my life, even taken part in leaving a job that I really liked but for some reason found it unbearable to continue on with that company.  It happens all over every day.

The Bureau determined however that blue-collar workers in large companies are more prone to stay with the company even if they come to dislike certain aspects of the work, simply because the 'payoff' or benefits packages are so good, such as incredible buildup of vacation time.  Some blue-collar workers that have been with the same company for 18-20 years may have as many as 13 weeks vacation time annually.  That's three months vacation!

Other than this prime exception, the reasons employees who seem golden, happy and content will drag up usually falls under one of these five categories (presented in no particular order):

No Future

Even the best receptionist, assistant, cashier and junior assistant to the lower undersecretary usually wants to believe there's some way to move up in her company. Even a fabulous window washer wants to believe he'll move indoors one day to a better position.  It pays to get to know even the vacuum-cleaner operators dreams about her future, and try to nurture them as much as you can.

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No Challenge

Most motivated individuals enjoy and even crave a challenge and those employees also want a degree of autonomy - engaged and smart individuals don't need or want micro-management. Humans want to become experts in their field, they need to.

No Vision

Every corporation has a group of officers with a clear vision of where the company will be in five years, in ten.  But does the front line worker share this vision? Do they understand it? More importantly are they buying into it? Your company may have the greatest corporate vision on the planet but if the soldiers in the trenches don't see it, or don't understand it they won't fight as hard, ever.

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Low Morale

Ahhh... the worst of the worst.  It's hard to stay motivated when everyone around you is slinking around with a long face, talking behind co-workers backs, downgrading the company or its managers at the water cooler and so on.  A positive attitude is contagious, and sadly so is a bad one.

No Respect

If you're an owner/manager always treat your employees with respect, they're typically bearing a huge responsibility for your paycheck.  That $25,000 living room suite your ace salesman sold is going to look like junk if your low morale delivery people bounce it up the sidewalk during the delivery.  Remember, good employees don't leave companies, they leave managers!

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We hope you'll join us at the Lake Charles Civic Center Wednesday March 15th from 10AM-2PM and if you're looking for a new boss bring your resume, if you need a few good people bring your smile and contact Brad.Burley@Townsquaremedia.com to reserve a booth space now.  And good luck to everyone on both sides of the tables.