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High Employee Retention: Key to a Successful Organization

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Do your employees feel valued at work? Or do they believe they can easily be replaced? If management thinks the next applicant is as good as the one who left it can negatively impact the company.

Valued employees are more likely to stay long-term and remain loyal to the organization, thereby permitting management to spend less time and resources hiring and training new staff and more time focusing on the highly-efficient team already in place.

How do you assemble a productive, efficient team? The first step is to analyze your employee retention rate to determine if improvement is needed.

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What is Employee Retention?

According to the Management Study Guide:

Employee retention refers to the various policies and practices which encourage employees to stay with an organization for a longer period of time

Businesses should use a variety of strategies to promote loyalty and long-term employment among staff members. These include improving job satisfaction, recognizing employee needs, and providing essential training.

How to Improve Employee Retention

Finding the best strategies for your organization to improve the employee retention rate does not have to be difficult. One of your best options is to listen as they communicate their needs and work toward improving the overall atmosphere in the office.

Open Line of Communication

Good communication is an essential step in fostering a positive work atmosphere. Poor communication in the office leads to misunderstandings, lack of employee engagement, reduced creative and productivity, and conflicts between employees and management.

Taking the steps needed to improve the communication in your company will help boost office morale and lead to loyalty from the staff. However, it will need to start from management and trickle down the line of employees. Management-to-management communication is critical for employees to understand what is required of them and to recognize the direction the company is taking. Management-to-employee communication ensures that employees are completing required tasks correctly and punctually, while providing both sides to voice concerns. Employee-to-employee communication encourages teamwork and boosts productivity.

Provide the Needed Training

Lack of effective training and work-related tools can be frustrating to staff members in their efforts to perform their jobs effectively. If staff members do not know how to do their expected job, they will likely resign and seek out a company that offers the needed support for success.

Listen to what your employees say. They will know what they need to complete their job to the best of their ability. Providing the proper training will help make them more successful in their position.

Be Encouraging and Motivating

Sometimes, all employees need is a bit of encouragement and motivation. Whether it be a gift card to their favorite restaurant or something more extensive like a vacation, motivation and encouragement will not only boost production, but it will also keep your employees engaged in the company.

Your staff will want to know that their management team supports them and wants them to succeed. Providing encouraging words before, during, and after completing a project will go a long way in fostering a productive, inspiring atmosphere.

Create a Team Atmosphere

If you want your staff to be a team and work cohesively together, it’s crucial to create a team-like atmosphere within the workplace. You can do that by implementing team-building activities within the daily work schedule. These types of exercises bring employees together to complete a task. They learn from one another, encourage each other, and learn how each employee benefits the team. The skills acquired from team-building exercises can be utilized to complete tasks each day.

Ben HoffmanIf you need to boost your employee retention rate, consider implementing some of the strategies listed above. A high employee retention rate signifies that the staff enjoys their working environment and intend to remain a member of the team. A successful business is one that keeps employees long-term.

Ben Hoffman is co-founder of CityHUNT, an organization that focuses on developing a team atmosphere for companies by encouraging positive workplace relationships amongst coworkers. Since 2000, CityHUNT has created fun, engaging scavenger hunts for multiple companies across the country. Ben is known for delivering entertaining team-building events that are tailored to each client. Working with CityHUNT since conception, Ben sees the importance of employee loyalty and wants to help support businesses in retaining staff members long-term.

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