A great team of employees starts with an equally great human resources department, but business leadership can also help with building and motivating the team into satisfied and successful employees. To meet that end, here are three things that leadership can practice:
1. Make a good first impression with employee onboarding.
Getting employees off to a great start with your company can have a positive impact on employee retention. Create a robust onboarding program that helps new hires get to know your company, other employees and notable products and services. Offer formalized training to get new employees up to speed on software systems or tools they will be required to use.
2. Prioritize employee engagement.
Keeping employees engaged with the business and each other is extremely important when it comes to employee retention. Those who feel disconnected or undervalued will be the first to jump ship.
You can prioritize employee engagement by building a strong corporate culture, giving employees open opportunities to ask questions or voice discontent, establishing positive working relationships among employees and offering rewards or praise where merited. Get your human resources department to plan fun company events, organize volunteer opportunities and conduct annual or semi-annual performance reviews. Get your leadership team to come up with core values or a culture code for your organization.
Most importantly, don’t forget to check in with your employees. Issue an employee satisfaction survey periodically to gauge employee happiness and find out how engaged your workforce really is.
3. Create opportunities for employee growth.
Encourage your employees to seek opportunities to gain new skills. Budget for annual conference attendance, offer tuition reimbursement for advanced education and allow time for personal growth projects. Make sure your employees know you value both personal and professional self-improvement.
Original article by Chris Byers