Four Ways to Reduce Employee Turn Over

Finding and hiring employees is a difficult and important process that every business has to go through in order to function. Since it is such an arduous task, it is important to do it right! That is why employee turnover can be so frustrating. After all of the work it takes to find, hire, and train an employee, high turn over rates can be detrimental to a business and its ability to run effectively. Let’s look at four ways to reduce employee turn over:

1. Onboarding:

This is one of the most important ways to ensure that a new hire is successfully introduced to the company and their coworkers. A proper onboarding process can make or break an employee’s decision to remain with a company. During the first few weeks at a job, the new hire should have another employee assigned to show them around the office, answer questions, and check-in on them periodically. We all know to have someone show the new kid around for the first day, but the really important time is the few weeks after that first day when they are trying to find the
coffee machine, want to know if everyone shows up 15 minutes early for meetings or only 5, and other questions that come up once they have gotten to work. Most people do not feel comfortable enough to ask those minor questions, but they are important in making someone settle into an office.

2. Listening to Complaints:

Every company is supposed to listen to employee complaints
and try to resolve issues, but we all know that this is usually not the case. There are a lot
of problems that go unnoticed or ignored in offices that are not major blowups but can
slowly wear away at employees. You should have a way of mediating smaller issues in
the office to show workers that they are being heard and that changes can be made to
make everyone feel comfortable.

3. Invest in Employee Happiness:

Gone are the days when people were content with
vacation time and the occasional potluck lunch or company issued barbeque set;
employees want a company that challenges them and cares about their happiness. You
should be looking for ways to do this by offering online training courses, flexible
scheduling, and other perks that show the employees you are listening to their needs.

4. Constant Checks:

Everything is always changing: the industry, economy, politics, and
even our favorite reality shows. Your company is always changing, and you need to be in
tune to it and adjusting for that. Employees generally notice shifts long before upper
management does so you should constantly be asking them for their feedback. If there
is anything that can lead to employee turnover, it is stagnation.