5 ways to Increase Retention in 2023

When it comes to business growth in 2023, the only thing more important than hiring great talent, is keeping great talent.

As the employment market continues to evolve, it is important for companies to proactively manage employee retention in order to reduce the number of resignations. Here are a few ways that companies can increase retention and reduce the number of resignations in 2023:

1. Regularly solicit feedback from employees

One of the best ways to gauge employee satisfaction and identify potential issues is to regularly ask for feedback. It shows that the company values its employees and is interested in their thoughts and ideas. This can be done through surveys, focus groups, or one-on-one meetings with managers. By actively listening to and addressing employee concerns, companies can help to create a more positive work environment and reduce the likelihood of employees leaving.

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2. Offer competitive compensation and benefits packages

Employees want to feel valued and recognised for their contributions, and one way to do this is through competitive compensation and benefits packages. Benefits benchmarking involves comparing a company's benefits offerings with those of other companies in the same industry or region. This can help a company identify any gaps or weaknesses in its benefits package and make adjustments to better meet the needs and preferences of its employees. By offering salaries that are in line with the market and providing a range of benefits such as health insurance, retirement savings plans, and paid time off, companies can demonstrate their commitment to their employees and increase retention rates.

3. Foster a positive work environment

A positive work environment can be a key factor in employee retention. This includes creating a culture of respect and inclusivity, as well as promoting work-life balance and providing opportunities for collaboration and professional development. Maintaining open lines of communication and actively seeking out employee feedback, promoting work-life balance and offering flexible work arrangements as well as creating a physically comfortable and aesthetically pleasing work space all help to create a positive work environment to increase employee morale and reduce the likelihood of employees leaving.

4. Provide opportunities for career development and advancement

Employees often look for opportunities to grow and advance within their careers. By providing opportunities for professional development and career advancement, companies can demonstrate their commitment to their employees and help to increase retention rates. This can include:

- Offer ongoing training and professional development opportunities: This can help employees feel like they are growing and improving in their roles, which can increase job satisfaction and reduce the desire to leave the company.

- Establish clear career paths and advancement opportunities: Employees are more likely to stay with a company if they see a clear path for career progression. Companies can create a culture of advancement by setting clear goals and expectations for employees and offering opportunities for promotion.

- Encourage employee involvement and leadership: Giving employees the opportunity to take on leadership roles or be involved in decision-making processes can help them feel invested in the company and encourage them to stay.

- Provide opportunities for cross-functional experience: Allowing employees to work on projects outside of their normal roles can help them develop new skills and broaden their experience, which can lead to increased job satisfaction and a sense of career progression.

5. Make DE&I a strategic priority

A diverse and inclusive workplace can create a sense of belonging and acceptance for employees, which can lead to higher levels of satisfaction and engagement. This, in turn, can contribute to increased retention rates. Companies can develop a DE&I strategy that outlines specific goals and actions for promoting diversity and inclusivity within the workplace. This can include things like establishing employee resource groups, implementing diversity training programs, and creating opportunities for underrepresented groups to advance within the organisation.

According to a 2018 study by Deloitte, companies with more diverse and inclusive cultures had a 50% lower turnover rate for high-performing employees and a 40% lower turnover rate for all employees compared to companies with less diverse and inclusive cultures. This suggests that a strong focus on DE&I can have a positive impact on employee retention.

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By considering these strategies and implementing them effectively, companies can help to increase retention and reduce the number of resignations in 2023 and beyond.

It is always important to regularly review and assess retention strategies in order to identify areas for improvement and ensure that the company is able to retain top talent.

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