5 Tips To Better Employee Retention

No matter the size or stage your business is currently at, having employees leave is just bad for business. As the Wall Street Journalnotes, a high employee turnover rate can cost “twice an employee’s salary to find and train a replacement.” Not only are there financial repercussions, a high turnover rate can also lower the knowledge base in your company and decrease performance and morale.

The best way to deal with this is to retain your employees. Read below to find out how you can effectively retain talent in your organization.

1. Provide a Comfortable Work Environment and Culture

Have you ever walked into a room and felt either unsafe or uncomfortable? Image doing that every workday for eight or more hours a day.

Employees want to feel safe and comfortable at work. That’s why it’s important that your office is properly ventilated, well-lit, and at a comfortable temperature. Designing a comfortable office environment is about more than aesthetics; careful attention to design can give a boost to employee happiness.

You also need to have a culture that matches your industry, engages your employees, and motivates them. You then need to find a way to communicate your vision and always remember to put people first.

2. Offer a Competitive Benefits Package Salary

If you want to keep top-notch talent, then you’re going to have to pay them well. Entrepreneur notes that salaries are based on the following:

  • Employee skill and experience
  • Supply and demand
  • Geographical location
  • Worker seniority

However, a high salary isn’t always the deciding factor when employees to seek employment elsewhere.

Many times, they are looking for competitive benefits. Make sure you provide, health insurance, life insurance, and a retirement-savings plan in retaining employees. Also offer additional perks such as flexitime and the option of telecommuting that fit the needs of your employees.

3. Offer Training

Entrepreneur recommends that “you should offer skills enhancement to all your workers.” Why? “New technology, new selling techniques, changes in employment laws, and the huge impact of the internet are all compelling reasons to keep permanent employees in the loop.”

Here are some ways to keep your employees trained:

  • Computerized training
  • DVDs, audiotapes, books, articles and pamphlets
  • Mentoring programs
  • Outside seminars and classes

4. Listen to Them

You can learn a lot when listening to employees. Maybe it’s a great new business plan that can be implemented, which makes them feel like they’re a part of the entire business process. Perhaps you heard they have a sick family member, so you want to send them a card or flowers or simply wish them condolences. You can always spare a few minutes to find out what’s going on with your employees in both their professional and personal lives.

Bonus tip: Conduct “stay” interviews so you can find out exactly why employees have remained with the company and what it would take for them to leave.

5. Recognize Their Accomplishments

Finally, and perhaps most important, you must recognize the accomplishments of employees. This could be a simple thank you or handwritten well-done note. If you want to raise the stakes, you could thank them by introducing them to new clients, sponsoring them at an industry event/conference, stock options, or awarding a prize.

However, your decision to reward your employees, praising employees for completing performance goals is one of the most effective ways to make them feel appropriate, which will make them want to stay with you for the long haul.