Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-27-2013

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Mission Minded  Establish goals that are clear and challenging, but achievable.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Growth Curve  Make it easy for staffers to learn new skills and take on tasks that offer professional development opportunities.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Big Picture Focus  Don't get uptight about small things, like what your IT employees wear (except during days when customers and VIPs are in the office) or how neat their desks are.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Play Time  Use gamification techniques to motivate staffers to win awards based upon their performance with business-benefiting goals.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Open Ears  Be an active listener. Respond meaningfully when employees indicate what they think needs improvement. Engage with them.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Esprit de Corps  Encourage group activities like lunches and outside-the-office events, to build team bonds. The stronger the team, the better the results.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Good Karma  Acknowledge when good work is done. Don't limit positive encouragement to annual reviews.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Stand-Up Guy  Don't allow other managers to take cheap shots at your department. And promote good individual efforts to senior execs.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Level Field  Be consistent in your promotion and compensations policies. Don't play favorites; it only demoralizes the rest of the team.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Discount Club  Make sure your employees have the same access to company product deals that you do. Doing so sends a strong message to them—and others in your company.

Ten Ways to Improve Employee Retention