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Getting a Handle on Employee Turnover

If you’ve ever lost a key employee, you know the immediate and long-term hit to your bottom line. Here are some ideas to help reduce employee turnover and the challenges it brings:

  • Review employee compensation. Do your homework to ensure your company is offering competitive industry salaries and benefits for your area. Consider making pay adjustments to key employees that would be hard to replace. Also review benefit packages. Many of your competitors may be offering additional vacation, enhanced family leave and other benefits. A good way to look at this expense is to bal­ance the additional cost against the cost of replacing one or two key employees.

  • Talk with employees about what keeps them satisfied. An IBM work­place study found that the priorities of employees across working genera­tions align on major job-related issues, including fair treatment, growth opportunities, flexible work hours and their work making a positive impact. During performance reviews, ask your employees about their priorities. This will give you insight into what retention strategies are working well at your company, or tip you off on why employees may end up leaving. Anonymous surveys may also be an effective way to gauge the satisfaction of your employees.

  • Offer career paths to employees who want them. Chances are if employees feel stuck in their job roles they’ll go looking for opportu­nity elsewhere. Show the ambitious employees at your company that their desires for career development are heard by offering them more respon­sibility and trust in their roles. This could come in the form of additional assignments outside of their usual scope, plus more autonomy.

  • Cross-train employees in key functions. This not only offers employees new challenges and a chance to develop more skills, it also provides you with the comfort of knowing that key positions can be temporarily backfilled should someone leave unexpectedly.

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