As we cruise through post-recession there is one big concern on employer’s minds: retention.

Big companies and small companies are starting to see how the market has turned. Statistically, Monster job boards reported that 82% of surveyed employees have updated their resumes this year and 59% said they are passively looking for another role.

While compensation is always a factor in retention, it isn’t the end all. Most of the people I interview are looking for career advancement and flexible work hours. Sometimes it’s just not practical to throw more money at employees and often that isn’t what’s bugging them anyway.

Some job seekers want more of a challenge and think they are topped out in their current role. Some start looking aggressively if they aren’t connecting with their manager. People leave jobs for a variety of reasons.

Here’s what you can do to make them want to stay:

1.  Get rid of hidden agendas

There is nothing more refreshing than a boss that gives a directive and tells you why. Employees want to understand how their job fit into the bigger picture or they lose motivation.

2.  Formal Mentoring Programs

Many women in today’s workforce long to get into leadership, but need a solid mentor to help them navigate. Junior level employees benefit from having an on staff mentor to show them the ropes. Cost effective, mentors bring maximum ROI to organizations While I know that this sounds like one more thing on the to-do list, it’s worth the effort.

3.  Map Career Path

Many companies say they are growing, but they don’t promote from within. Before taking any new job ask, “When was the last time you promoted someone from within?” Pay attention to the level of position and how often a company promotes. If you want to retain, don’t have your employees guessing what the next step is because it’s likely they will find the next role someplace that recognizes their talent and scoops them up

4.  Internal Recognition

As cheesy as this sounds, there is nothing like the top executives in an organization sending an email to a well-deserved employee in regards to their performance. It allows the person to know their job matters and that what they do each day really does matter.

Curious about how to calculate retention rates in your company and see where you are at? Check out this link https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070723120306AAFz76x


Elizabeth Lions
Author, “Recession Proof Yourself!”
”I Quit! Working For You Isn’t Working For Me”
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