Allow for on-the-job training and mentoring
Alright, let's say that your new hourly worker has been there for about 6 months and has moved up to a better paid and more responsible position. They're still an hourly worker, but they're beginning to take on more responsibility within the business.
At this point, you should have the more experienced workers show the newcomer around and help them get settled into their new position. This should be a part of the corporate culture and you should promote this helpful spirit.
You can also have a designated mentor, a more seasoned employee with a couple of years under their belt, who would get paid a bit extra for offering some training and coaching to the younger employees. There's all kinds of mentors
that can guide an inexperienced employee, you just need to make sure that there's always someone there to offer a helping hand. Offer paid training courses and specialization to loyal employees
If someone's been working for your company for a couple of years, chances are that they know the ins and outs of your operation. However, while they might have tons of practical knowledge and good soft skills, they will usually lack the more in-depth knowledge needed for higher salaried positions.
You want to allow employees who've shown dedication and an eagerness to improve and take on more difficult tasks a chance to learn and develop. Give an ambitious hourly worker an opportunity to train and try to advance.
You can always demote someone if things don't work out, but you'll be surprised at just how driven and hard-working some of your loyal workers can be. Give people good incentives to stick around and work hard
Simply climbing up the corporate ladder to a salaried position isn't what most people consider the end goal for their career. Always keep throwing in tempting incentives for people to give it their all and put in a bit of extra effort.
From small cash bonuses and gifts to a few extra days of paid leave or a little corporate vacation time, all these things can really help keep your employees happy and show hourly workers that there's always more to strive for.
The basic rules for keeping your hourly workers happy are treating them with respect, helping them improve, rewarding their hard work, and giving them something better and more exciting to shoot for. Once you're able to put all these strategies into practice, you'll have a bunch of highly-motivated workers and brand ambassadors
and a whole lot more people lining up to work for you.