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Employee Retention Tips for Thoughts

Natural attrition is part of any business or organization over time. Employees may choose to take early retirement or relocate for a variety of reasons. Yet losing good employees because they are dissatisfied with aspects of the company is something that organizations should take to heart. Retaining good, well-trained employees is cost-effective and supports the overall smooth operation of the organization.

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Communicate

When businesses fail to communicate with their employees, a gulf can ensue that is typically filled with troubled waters. Poor communication leads to inefficiency as well as insecurity. When employees are left in the dark about matters that are of concern to them, they may feel dismissed and undervalued. It’s important for organizations to view their staff as a community and to provide them with the communication they need to perform their job and to understand the issues that relate to their employment.

Breathing Space

Companies where employees feel chained to their cubicles and desks are often not happy places to work. Although employees must be responsible for their workload, they don’t necessarily need the management hovering just over their shoulders either. Try providing alternate workspaces so employees can move around with their mobile devices. You can incorporate work tables, couches, and even standing desks to enhance employees’ work spaces.

Be Flexible

Understanding that employees have lives outside of the office is important for businesses that want to remain empathetic. Offices that are rigid for the sake of rigidity may find that employees are fearful about requesting a leave of absence or a day off to attend to an emergency. Companies that are ‘human’ tend to retain employees better than companies that lack empathy. Why not allow an employee who worked overtime to come in late the next morning or allow another to work on a Saturday if they need a Friday off to attend their children’s school play? While it’s not always possible to accommodate employees each time, it is possible to be flexible some of the time in order to preserve a happy work environment.

Be Fair

When employees feel treated unfairly, they may decide to leave the company. It’s important for businesses to distribute promotions and work tasks in a fair and reasonable manner. While disappointments between employees competing for promotions are inevitable, they are much easier to understand when employees understand the criteria for advancement and must meet it without favoritism or prejudice to be considered for promotions.

You can help your organization retain its valued employees by following these tips. You may find that the workplace is a happier environment for you to work in too! Think about it, let me know how these tips work for you.

By Sophia Sanchez, MA, SPHR

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