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Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, January 19, 2021




There is no getting around the fact that employee turnover is costly and time-consuming. While most employers naturally understand this, many still underestimate the value of reducing employee turnover and fail to strategically approach this challenge.

There is no one way to reduce employee turnover. Nonetheless, making an effort to understand employee expectations is a step in the right direction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest Employee Tenure Summary, the average time employees stay with an employer is 4.2 years. Considering it can take up to two years for a new hire to fully integrate into their role, this means that employers can expect just two years of full productivity out of any new hire. There are, however, steps employers can take to encourage employees to stay well past the average 4.2 years.

Reducing employee turnover is dependent on the work environment as a whole that is offered to your employees. Employees thrive where they are supported and heard. The following recommendations are common-sense but incredibly difficult to find in many businesses today. Wonder why that is? It’s because many organizations fail to realize that valuing employees is a win-win for all.

Competitive salary and benefits, flexible schedule options, the ability to work from home when necessary, workplace environment and employee treatment, and tuition assistance are five basics in employee retention. However, keeping turnover to a minimum must go beyond the basic. Consider the following:

One of the best ways to improve overall retention rate is to hire the right employees. Do this by improving the company’s hiring strategies. Employers should look for potential candidates who not only have the necessary skill sets but who also fit well within the company. Employers should develop a strong employer brand that matches the company culture and identify candidates that “fit” well within it. The best employees for your organization will share the company’s vision and values.

Develop an effective onboarding process. Attracting and hiring the right employees is the first step. Effective onboarding is linked to improved employee engagement, faster time-to-productivity rates, and better new hire adjustment. Implementing an effective onboarding system makes it easy to develop a comprehensive new hire onboarding process that can increase engagement and retention.

Demonstrate respect at all times. Listen to your employees; utilize their ideas; communicate their value to the business. Recognition of employee contributions is a powerful form of reinforcement. People want to know that their work matters and makes a difference. Not only does this boost retention, but employee recognition will also boost productivity, workplace safety rates, and employee engagement. To keep the best employees around and reduce costly turnover rates, it is crucial that your company develop a program to recognize a job well done.

Remove toxic employees. When trying to reduce employee turnover, it may seem counterproductive to terminate some employees. However, toxic staff members can destroy workplace morale and drive even the most loyal employees to seek employment elsewhere. It is better in the long run to cut ties with employees who either create a toxic environment or simply cannot meet the company’s expectations.

Make work fun. People want to enjoy their time at work. Engage the special talents of each individual. A day without laughter should be abnormal for employees.

Provide opportunities for career and personal growth. Cross-training and handing out challenging assignments that excite them, is a powerful preventive to employee turnover. People tend to stay where they have the opportunity for upward career movement.

The Bottom Line

If you treat your employees well, you will seriously reduce employee turnover and complaints. You will become known as a great employer. A company where the best and brightest will gather and stay.

Reducing employee turnover is an ongoing process that requires consistent monitoring. Some of the steps listed above may be more effective for your organization than others. It is up to your managers to determine which ones have the highest impact and go from there.If you’re not sure where to start, give us a call today and we can arrange an initial chat. If we are unable to assist you with all of your HR needs, we will put you in touch with an HR professional who can.












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