If you’re reading this blog you’re probably asking yourself all the same questions:

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“Why do my employees move on from my business faster than I’d hope?”

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“What can I do to make my employees happier in the workplace?

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“How do I increase employee satisfaction in my business?”

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And you have come to the right place to seek the answers to these hard-going questions!

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To start off, if you’re in a position where you’re finding yourself asking these questions, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the big bad boss that that leaves their employees quivering in their boots. All it could possibly mean is that you run a large business and it’s easy to lose touch with your employees once in a while! It can happen to anyone.

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But not to worry, as a specialist consultancy we have experienced more than our fair share of clients that are struggling to improve their staff retention and with the experienced we’ve gained through helping them we have a very good idea of what you can do to keep your team on board:

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1)Employee Engagement

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One of the most vital things to establish in any business environment is a strong attention to your employee engagement. Some of the best ways to engage with your employees can be as simple as showing an interest in their hobbies & interests or simply saying “thank you” when they do something for you. Also, try not to create a work environment where it’s “one rule for them and not for others” – basically, model the behaviour around the office and through the company that you desire to see in each and every one of your employees, this way they won’t feel undermined and you won’t appear hypocritical.

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Another vital point to touch on that stems from employee engagement is employee recognition – arguably the most important factor of staff retention – all you have to do is recognise when your employees have done some great work and show your appreciation towards them, it can be as simple as sending them a personal email. Also, ensure that your HR department listens to each and every concern of your workers and initiate the appropriate actions to resolve their issues so that they feel recognised and valued as a member of your company.

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2) Make Life Easy

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Another great way to improve staff retention is to put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself; “Am I making simple work functions as easy and simple as possible?” If the answer is no, this is where you may be going wrong. It’s been proven that one of the main reasons an employee leaves a company is that simple work functions are just far too complicated, things such as booking holidays, making a complaint, learning & development or training needs are sometimes so hard to get that employees get too frustrated and end up leaving.

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However, this can be fixed by implementing a sophisticated and functional HR system from vendors such as PeopleSoft, Oracle or SuccessFactors that allows your employees to request and deal with all the aforementioned functions using self-service. This not only takes a large weight off your HR department’s shoulders but it gives your employees a sense of empowerment, knowing they can access these features themselves, giving them more control and ultimately making them happier.

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If you’re interested in implementing a HR system such as this or have been working on one and are now struggling to implement it, don’t hesitate to get in to contact with us today on +44 (0) 20 3051 9077 or hello@rencai.co.uk to discuss your options!

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3)  Total Reward

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The last point I will discuss for today is the concept of Total Reward improving staff retention. If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, total reward is the act of rewarding individual employees on account of the work they’ve done, usually through performance-based bonuses. This works on the contrary to the old and exhausted method of giving all your employees a bonus at various parts of the year, regardless of the level of work they’ve produced. Instead, this structure works on a monthly basis, only giving bonuses to the employees that truly deserve it.

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The way this increases staff retention and productivity in your company is that once you implement this strategy, everybody who works for you will have the incentive to work harder as they know they’ll be rewarded for it. This excites the employees and naturally makes them more passionate and dedicated to their work, whilst the positive reinforcement of extra money keeps them happy.

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As mentioned before, we deal with clients every day that are struggling with various different issues, staff retention being a key one. If you’re in any need of project advisory consulting or are interested in starting a HR Change initiative for your company, you can get in to contact with a member of our team today directly on:

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+44 (0) 20 3051 9077

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or

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hello@rencai.co.uk

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And remember, it’s never too late to change your company for the better!

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 About The Author:

This post was produced by Daniel McCartney at The Réncái Group – a specialist consultancy focused in building teams to deliver HR Change & SaaS/Cloud projects.

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