Simple tips to engage and retain your top employees

Simple tips to engage and retain your top employees

Posted Sep 24th, 2015 by Expedite | 0 comments

Talent Engagement
To enjoy long-term success of your business, it is vital that you retain your key employees. Job satisfaction is one of the main factors that will increase your employee retention rate. Regardless of how the economy is doing, most organisations realise the benefits of a workplace that can engage and retain employees. Since skilled and experienced people are always in demand, employers should value their top employees and make sure that they are happy within the organisation. This can be achieved by creating a productive and supportive work environment. Here are some of the main reasons why employees might leave an organisation:

  • A strained or poor relationship with a manager
  • If work is not challenging
  • If there is no opportunity for growth and development
  From the time an employee is hired, it is the organisation’s responsibility to work towards aligning the employee’s career goals with that of the organisation. There are quite a few measures that can be taken to retain the best and brightest employees in your workforce.  

Offer a positive working environment

A positive work environment is one where an employee can speak his or her mind freely. In such an environment, the employee would feel secure in their job. Offer positive feedback, encourage goal-setting and ask for  their input regarding  a change in rules or reorganisation. Allow employees to voice their ideas and their perspective on the functioning of the organisation. This will improve employee morale and productivity.  

Recognise, reward and reinforce

While monetary incentives and other employee benefits are a great way to recognise and reward your workforce, one of  the most basic human needs is to be appreciated. Offer clear communication regarding goals and accomplishments, as well as areas of improvement. A successful reward and recognition program does not need to be complicated, but it does need to convey to your employees that their contributions are beneficial to the company. When you witness a staff member who is performing well or doing something great for the company, thank them – a simple thank you will go a long way.  

Make your employees feel involved

An employee is more likely to be committed to their job if there is a process in place for them to contribute their ideas and suggestions. Give them opportunities to be engaged and productive at work. This creates a healthy work environment and promotes innovation within the workplace. Offer your employees challenging assignments so they know you trust them. This also creates a break from doing repetitive, yet essential, everyday tasks.  

Develop skills and grow potential

This especially impacts employees who have been in a company for a longer period of time. Organisations need to offer educational and training opportunities that will provide career development prospects within the existing workforce. This prevents an employee from seeking these opportunities elsewhere.   Other measures that you could take towards retaining your best employees would be to ask those who have been in the company, for over five years, why they choose to stay with you. You could also ask new employees why they were attracted to your organisation. Evaluate which departments have better or worse retention rates so you can create a strong retention plan.   Employees that are happy in their jobs will help the business grow, and go above and beyond to be productive.   TalentManagement
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