The solution to reducing turnover and retaining more staff can be extremely challenging, but exceptionally rewarding. While there are many talent retention strategies to consider, reversing turnover often starts at the leadership level. Although for some, that can be a tough pill to swallow, implementing practices that better engage employees and build a stronger culture will prove to be the key solution to this prevalent problem. Here are three of the best leadership practices that can significantly reduce unnecessary turnover:
Promote work-life balance.
Simply having traditional flexible work policies in place is no longer enough to keep employees happy. It is essential that leaders actively promote the importance of work-life balance so employees understand they are not only allowed – but encouraged – to take advantage of these policies for the sake of their own health and well-being. Whether your company offers work-from-home options or flextime scheduling, communicating these policies from the top will ensure employees embrace work-life balance. This form of communication and transparency will prove to your employees that work-life balance is a top priority, which will improve their job satisfaction.
Hire temporary staff as necessary.
When full-time employees quit, existing employees often become overworked and burdened with more tasks and assignments. Utilizing temporary workers when vacancies occur, or even as workplace demand increases seasonally, can provide support to your full-time staff. This prevents your permanent employees from experiencing burnout and resentment from having to take on more work than they can handle. It also allows your organization to maintain optimal productivity, so that no department or unit of your company is negatively affected by a reduced workforce.
Create a culture of learning.
It is no secret that training and development improves employee engagement, but very few employers genuinely strive to establish a culture of learning. What that means is a work environment in which employees are consistently given opportunities, resources, and exposure to grow individually and as a team. This is done through multiple initiatives, such as employee incentive programs, regular performance reviews, virtual training platforms, team-oriented activities, and the integration of learning within every fabric of the organization. When learning is at the core of a company’s mission, employees naturally build a deeper connection to their employer. This in turn, inspires them to grow professionally within their roles and reach their greatest potential.
With these leadership practices, you can reverse employee turnover while enhancing your overall workplace culture. Most importantly, your leadership team will earn greater respect from current and prospective employees who will become more appreciative of the meaningful support.
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