How can I retain my best hires?
New year, new job? Hopefully not for your most talented, efficient and valuable employees! We’ve noticed that far too many businesses spend a great deal of time and energy attracting and hiring new candidates but drop the ball when it comes to retaining their staff. How can you prevent your employees from looking for greener pastures elsewhere? Follow our tips to build a happy team and improve employee retention.
Be honest about the responsibilities of the role when hiring
During the interview, it makes sense to be as positive as possible. However, from a long-term perspective, it’s important that you’re also realistic about the role, the responsibilities and your organisation. After all, once the candidate starts working for you they’ll discover fairly quickly if you’ve been sugarcoating the position.
Recruit candidates that suit your company culture
Obviously, when you’re recruiting your priority should be relevant skills, experience and knowledge. However, you should also take into account your company culture and whether the candidate will be a good fit.
Listen to and reward employees before a problem arises
We often find companies that listen to an employee’s complaints or offer a raise or promotion when it’s far too late. Ensure you regularly talk to your employees so you know of any small problems before they become very big issues. Offer regular pay and performance reviews so your team don’t feel as though their hard work is going unnoticed.
Provide opportunities for learning and advancement
When employees feel as though they’ve got everything they can out of a role, they’ll start to look elsewhere. Providing opportunities for new training, courses and qualifications will mean they can continue to grow within your company. In turn, they’ll bring valuable new knowledge and skills to your organisation. You should also provide a clear path of progression so your staff know it’s worth sticking around. By regularly offering promotions you’ll create a hardworking, reliable team who know that their loyalty is noted and rewarded.
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