Reliable employees are what make a company successful, both day-to-day and in the long term. As an employer, you want to ensure you are keeping folks on your team and seeing minimal turnover. From the initial onboarding to checking in much longer after your employee’s start date, there are many things you can do to improve employee retention.
Make Onboarding Engaging
Many people think of their onboarding to a new job as a day to fill out paperwork and get the typical office tour and introduction to employees – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Turn to digital onboarding so employees can fill out necessary documentation before they even step foot in the office. This opens up time for them to be active on their first day, putting their hands in projects and being part of team meetings.
Improve Engagement Overall
Employees who are engaged at work are much less likely to leave. Those in leadership positions should prioritize a people-first culture, which means listening to employees and making sure they know they are being heard. Find out what matters most to them in the workplace. Ask for feedback and don’t only hear it, act on it!
Offer Competitive Pay and Benefits
Competitive salaries are most often the most attractive thing for a potential employee, and benefits that are competitive are just as important. When thinking of pay and benefits, research and understand the market. Offer employees a variety of optional benefits and encourage feedback about both pay and benefits.
Be Aware of Work-Life Balance
The pandemic has certainly changed the way in which we work, and many people are valuing their personal time more than ever before.
Employees are looking for workplaces that respect personal lives and don’t place unrealistic expectations on working hours. Consider ways in which your company can support flexibility for employees. Look at how you can celebrate employees for what they do, not just how much they work.
Offer Development Opportunities
Investing in your employees will also keep them around longer. Many employees want to continually work toward something bigger, so be sure to give them the opportunity to do just that.
Give them room for growth in the way of courses and workshops. Provide time for them to professionally develop as part of their job during working hours.
Boredom can get the best of even the most dedicated employee. Doing the same thing day in and out can wear someone down, so make sure you are actively encouraging stepping outside routine and challenging your employees.
To start, build a diverse team of people. Many perspectives and ideas will keep everyone on their toes and put their best brain forward.
Invest in icebreakers and team building activities. Host brainstorming meetings where nothing is off the table, even the most out-of-the-box ideas.
Build a Brand You Can Get Behind
Employees want to work for a company that aligns with their personal beliefs. A strong employer outlines these beliefs and puts action behind them.