Strategies to Keep Your Best Employees

Want to Keep Your Best Employees? Strategies That Work!

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Keep Your Best Employees

An improving job market is making it increasingly difficult for employers to find and retain top employees.

     To prevent top talent from leaving, employers should make sure employees know how to move up the ladder, keep them engaged and provide a positive work-life balance. To improve retention, employers must develop more structured and personalized career paths for their workers, especially the youngest ones.

Here are four key factors affecting employee attraction and retention:

  • Provide a positive work-life balance: The number 1 factor that motivates employees to stay with their current employer is a positive work-life balance. Overall, nearly half of those surveyed said work-life balance was the primary motivator for staying in their current role, while just 34 percent said having a competitive salary was most likely to keep them from changing jobs. With so many employees placing a high value on having time and relationships outside the office, employers that don’t find a proper balance are likely to see an influx of workers leaving for new opportunities.
  • Focus on career paths: While employers might think money is the deciding factor on whether employees leave for a new job, research shows otherwise. Of employees who have left their job in the past year, more employees cited a lack of career growth opportunities than low compensation as their reason for leaving. The study’s authors said this finding highlights the need for retention strategies that include more customized career paths, because this type of personalization leads to more engaged workers who believe their employer is committed to their success.
  • Know where to find new employees online: Facebook — not LinkedIn, as many people might expect — is the top social media outlet used when searching for new jobs. Employers that maximize their use of Facebook to acquire new talent have the best chance of strengthening their online recruitment efforts.
  • Keep millennials engaged: Millennials are more likely any other generation to look for a new job if they don’t feel engaged in their current position. The study revealed that 34 percent of millennials, compared to 24 percent of all workers, said a lack of interest in their current job was a factor in their decision of whether to change employers.
  • Keep Your Distance: Micromanaging is an employee’s worst enemy, yet loads of managers still let the habit take over when working with their teams.  But, giving your employees enough space and empowering them to learn in their own way is a great way to keep your highest achievers engaged.

 

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