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Employee Retention Tips

Author: Laurie Knafo/Monday, November 18, 2013/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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For many employers, the issue of employee retention does not become top of mind until the unthinkable happens: a highly valued and trusted employee resigns. Sadly, by the time this takes place, your ability to keep the employee long-term is minimal. That’s why I encourage all of my clients to take some time each month to think about and invest in employee retention. The following are techniques I have seen employers use effectively to increase employee satisfaction and retention:

  • Promote creativity: Most employees know your business well and have great ideas for improvement. But, unless your culture makes it clear what to do with these ideas, they rarely get shared. Ask your employees for their input on creative solutions to business problems and issues, and reward those who engage and share.
  • Get Goal Oriented: Sometimes employees feel “stuck” in their position because their focus is only on their daily assignments. Work with employees to set goals in areas like skill building or productivity. This helps your company get more from employees – and helps employees feel like they are working toward something important.
  • Consider Collaboration: Often times employees become discontent because they feel isolated in the organization. Take a look at jobs and tasks and explore ways to have employees work with a partner or within a team. Increased contact with colleagues leads to improved performance and satisfaction – and that equals retention.
  • Shake Things Up: Repetition breeds boredom. New responsibilities can help employees feel challenged and valued. Helping employees learn new skills can add depth to your work group.
  • Provide Challenge: If you were placed in an unchallenging and monotonous environment, chances are you wouldn’t feel engaged and interested in remaining in the job. Look at ways to provide a challenging and dynamic work environment where improved performance is recognized and rewarded.
  • Listen Up! Employees are more likely to stick around if they feel they’re being heard. Take a look at how feedback is handled in your business. Are comments and suggestions met with respect? Employees want to feel that they and their views are respected.

There is no single idea or tactic that will ensure that your employees will remain as long as you would like. However, you can avoid the disruption and expense of unexpected departures through an ongoing focus on retention.


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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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