Simple Strategies to Improve Workforce/ Employee Retention

simple strategies to improve workforce employee retention

There are many misconceptions or theories about how to retain great employees. Many employers believe that offering premium benefits or trendy work-life balance perks is the best way. While that’s all well and good, I’d like to share some simple (free) ways to improve your employee retention efforts. 

This may seem fundamental, but ask yourself (and be honest when you answer!) whether or not you’re being genuine and authentic:

  • Do you treat your employees with kindness and respect and do you trust them? Are you treating them the way you prefer and expect to be treated? The golden rule we learned in kindergarten applies in the workplace: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Do you show them you care about them and not just the bottom line? Are you empathetic and considerate of their time and efforts?

  • Do you set clear expectations and follow through on your promises? Do you actively communicate goals and objectives?

The truth is people don’t quit companies. Typically, they quit poor managers who don’t treat them with respect and are not honest with them. Trust your employees to do their work, give them the tools needed along with deadlines and standards to adhere to and keep them accountable. 

Remember, accountability applies to your managers too! When they promise things they can’t deliver, hover and micromanage, they are doing the opposite of keeping people motivated to stay loyal. You hired professionals with skills and knowledge so give them an open door to ask questions and offer guidance if they need it but let them do the work you hired them to do.

Benefits are great and if you can afford to offer them, please do it. A compelling benefits package will only enhance the overall employee experience and give them another reason to stay, but most importantly respecting them and valuing them for their contributions is key to keeping employees happy and fulfilled.

About the Author

Miriam Dushane

Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions

Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the area grow and thrive. She is passionate about the work she does helping talented professionals find the right job opportunity and her work in the community is focused on furthering this area as a center for economic growth and vitality. Miriam likes to garden and take care of her pets and animals. She is a member of an adult only skate group where she roller blades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is completely obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.

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