Is your “volunteer staff” ready for a job change?

A 2012 Forbes magazine article by Susan Adams quoted from a Mercer study of 30,000 workers that has become a classic example of a possible glitch in the workplace.

It showed “between 28% and 56% of employees worldwide wanted to leave their jobs. In the U.S., 32% said they wanted to find new work.”

All of your staff members are volunteers. That is because they could be doing something else, possibly for more money. People invest their time where they feel fulfilled.

Here are three ways to create job satisfaction for your team.

1. Praise often. Your team members want your approval, they really do. When they do a good job, say so. You can’t afford to assume a team member knows he or she is appreciated. A pat on the back could be just the thing that keeps someone from waving goodbye.

2. Celebrate freely. Some leaders are so focused on the future that they do not celebrate the “now.” When your team crushes it, don’t move too quickly to the next challenge. Take a moment to celebrate the achievement.

3. Manage results. Unless the method really matters, don’t tell your team how to do a job. Just let them know what result you’re looking for. They’ll be more creative, take greater ownership, and feel more satisfied with the outcome.

Poet Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel.” Your staff members need to know that their work counts. Create job satisfactionand you’ll have an outstanding team.