Many big businesses hesitate before investing in or even venturing into production and manufacturing where the ground work will take place in harsh conditions, such as some types of farming and mining. The reason is because it is very difficult and costly to maintain a facility outside of cities and the employee turnover is extremely high. While the following suggestions will not work out for short term plans, for companies looking for a long term investment, they might provide some inspiration on how to provide for their employees in such a way as to ensure a high rate of retention.
A Place to Live
If you don’t have the resources to figure this out, simply hire a company that specializes in remote camp services. These companies will build small houses to your specifications with all the necessary supporting infrastructure and even extra amenities such as pools and gyms in you like. Without a place to live close by, employees will be forced to commute long distances and hours. Even if transport if provided, the journey can tire them out, leading to poor work place performance. Therefore, it will save you more money in the long run if you can provide accommodation, especially for families because once families are established in one place, employees are reluctant to move.
If you can’t provide accommodation and you expect your employees to find their own, at least sweeten the deal by providing other benefits, such as a company-sponsored vacation every couple of years or parties every few weeks. These village management techniques will keep your employees sweet and less likely to cause trouble over other little problems. If you are providing accommodation, and the residents include families, then consider including recreational areas, sports clubs etc. to keep everyone entertained.
A Good Pay
If you are asking a human being to do a job that is risky and dangerous, then you have a moral obligation to provide a high pay for their trouble. Physical labour is extremely difficult and aging so that a man who works a desk job or a less strenuous job will age much slower than a man who depends on his strength for his daily bread. A high wage packet will also bind your employees to you as they will think carefully before leaving you for a competitor or even for another job. Thus, a comfortable place to live in, social amenities to keep you entertained and a solid wage will go a long way in ensuring that your employees will remain loyal to you and your company. Make sure you show them that you value them as well.