Best Practices for Increasing Employee Retention

If your company is growing and you need more hands on deck, hiring can be an exciting prospect. But if you’re hiring to replace employees who have left or been let go, it can be a frustrating chore. How can you increase employee retention and subsequently reduce the amount of hiring you need to do? Try these best practice tips from TAB members.

When looking to hire a new employee, include in the recruiting process a description of the company and the potential growth opportunities of the position being filled. This will help applicants get a feel for a possible future with the company and positively impact employee longevity. – Steven Oh, Ameriprise Financial

Flex shifts can help increase morale and employee retention. I utilize two teams with four 10-hour shifts to cover my full week. Everyone loves having three days off each week. – John Hill, Hill Horticulture

It is important to take care of your employees. Train them on other areas of the business, let them do web-based training, etc. Keep the communications going with your staff – team meetings, one-on-ones, lunch meetings, whatever it takes. Mix it up. Build the bonds and let your staff know that you really appreciate all of their efforts. – Thomas Flaherty, Restoration Floorworks & Pro Cabinet Solutions

A few years ago we were targeted by a union, whose members stood outside our gates and solicited employees. We reminded our workers that many of the benefits the union promised to bring were already in place. I received overwhelming feedback that our people appreciated their workplace, and saw no need to have outsiders negotiate on their behalf. Ten years of trying to create a culture that values every associate paid off. A month later we were voted one of the best places to work in the city. – Steve O’Donnell, Hill Country Bakery