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5 Tips to Retain Your Talent Pool

With the labour market becoming increasingly competitive, employers are finding it challenging to retain their talent. Employees are keeping an eye out for better opportunities, or are contacted by headhunters with offers too good to refuse.

At Adecco, we know that great employees are hard to find. To help navigate you through this reality, we’ve got five main employee retention tips..

  • Provide internal growth and development opportunities

No employee wants to be stuck in a so-called “dead-end” job. Internal growth and development starts from day one! Establish a strong on-boarding training resources. Consider setting a review schedule to meet individually with your staff to set goals and create action plans that help them progress. This will also help to continue to motivate them and feel appreciated.  Promoting internal growth and development highlights your belief in their success.

  • Create a positive workplace culture

The average Canadian spends 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime.[i] That’s approximately one third of someone’s life! This is why colleagues are often referred to as a second family or work family. Make sure to foster these relationships. Hold luncheons, celebrate birthdays and holidays, hold contests and team building events. These may seem like small incentives, but they can have a big impact in making the workplace more enjoyable and inclusive.

  • Foster open communication between management and staff

It is often said — Employees do not leave companies, they leave managers.  Create an open-door policy for management within your office to make them more approachable to staff members. Encourage employees to express any concerns or ideas they may have to make the office better. Start a dialogue! Hold weekly meetings to discuss workplace issues, highlight business successes, and, bridge conversations between management and staff members.

  • Work/life balance

With an increased presence of technology in the workplace, the way we work is continuously evolving. From freelancing, to flex hours, to working from home — the ability to connect to the office virtually on a multitude of platforms enables employees to have more freedom than ever before. Consider providing your staff with laptops, and letting them to work from home one day a week. Or, offer a “flextime” option  and let them work a set number of hours a week on their own schedule.  You may even consider paying them hourly and allowing them to leave once their workload is complete. When an employee has the flexibility to manage their work with their personal life many witness an increase in productivity and a happier employee!

  • Consult job stat sites/compensation guides

If you don’t offer competitive pay and benefits, you’re already out of the game. Financial compensation is a huge motivator for employees. They know their worth and if another company meets or exceeds that value, it won’t be long before you receive a resignation letter. Consult reputable job stat sites/compensation guides to determine fair financial compensation from the get go. Don’t forget; compensation is not just salary. Benefit packages can be equally enticing to an employee. Make sure you have a benefit plan that is as diverse as your staff to support all their needs.

If you would like to view Adecco’s Compensation Guide, contact your local Adecco branch to receive your complimentary copy of our 2018 Compensation Guide. Stay tuned for the digital version coming out in early December.

Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate turnover altogether, however, when it comes to retention a little effort does goes a long way. When an employee feels satisfaction in their job and receives recognition, they are less likely to peruse job boards or return that call from the headhunter. By hiring your employee, you have bought into them, now give them a reason to buy into you!

For more information and articles, visit our Employment resources page on our website.


[i]  The Globe and Mail, 2017

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/top-five-tips-for-creating-work-with-purpose/article36352867/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

 

How to Motivate Employees Every Day

We’ve talked a lot about how money isn’t the primary motivator for most employees, how ensuring your employees have a healthy work-life balance and opportunities for professional growth increase morale and retention, and how compensation is about much more than the net yield at the bottom of a paystub.  All of these factors are important to consider when creating an effective, overarching policy for motivating employees in the long-term. But what about during the daily grind of the workplace? Does telling someone of their professional development options lift their spirits if they’re having a bad day? Does reminding them of summer hours transport them to a happy place when they’re burning the midnight oil in the dead of February? Although such benefits definitely do influence employees’ attitudes, especially when they’re deciding to join or stay at your organization, the following are ideas on how to motivate employees each and every day in more immediate ways. Read more

New Manager Tips for Enhanced Leadership Skills

You’ve done it. You’ve mastered your original job and have had bestowed upon you the illustrious title of Manager. Congratulations. You now have reports whose very careers rest in your more-than-capable hands. And if they fail to do your bidding, all you need is to clench those hands, reminding them who’s boss. After all, what else should they expect from the soon-to-be President, CEO, and Galactic Emperor? But before you charge into you own Little Bighorn, you should probably take a little bit of time to brush up on your leadership skills…just to be safe, my liege. After all, history is filled with lesser leaders, many of whom would have traded their kingdom for a horse in the end. Below are a few new manager tips to avoid their fate…Not that you need them, of course. Read more

Office Mom: A Welcome Female Stereotype?

Many of us know her. She’s always cheerful, quick to provide professional and personal advice, frequently brings in homemade goodies, and is everyone’s shoulder to lean on. And now, thanks to The Wall Street Journal as of about a month and a half ago, she has joined the illustrious likes of the office gossip, the office grump, the office clown, and many more. She is the “office mom”; the mother hen of the white collar world, and the latest addition to a long list of office stereotypes – and specifically female stereotypes based on women in the workplace.

In honour of Mother’s Day this month, let’s take a more critical lens to the so-called office mom who, as The Wall Street Journal notes, may not even necessarily be an actual mother. Despite that, however, every office mom out there earned that title by embodying all the wonderful characteristics associated with motherliness: compassion, attention, and affection. She’s the warm ray of sunshine in an otherwise cold corporate slough. So what’s wrong with that? As female stereotypes go, especially surrounding women in the workplace, is that not a welcome foil to the high-powered “wicked witch”? Or, like the wicked witch, is the office mom simply today’s version of a Shakespearean archetype, plodding through the same tired plot in which all powerful women are definitively evil, and all good women are innately weak?

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