Epic Employee Retention Strategies from Experts

By January 27, 2022 March 22nd, 2024 Building a Better Team

Last Updated on March 22, 2024 by Dave Schoenbeck

Employee retention is getting a lot of buzz in the media right now, as many companies face unprecedented turnover levels due to resignations, lateral career shifts, early retirements, and other factors. However, the need for effective employee retention strategies is a topic that has been discussed previously for businesses.

Four happy warehouse workers and managers smile for the camera and it is obvious that they work well together.

One of the quintessential books about 
talent retention is Love’ Em or Lose ‘Em by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. Although the book dates back to 1999, the ideas inside are still rock-solid. One of the best is in the very first chapter. The idea is this: How do you 
improve employee retention
? When in doubt, try asking your employees. 

Ways to Improve Employee Retention

Kaye and Jordan-Evans present a common phenomenon: businesses spend time, money, and energy developing employee retention strategies to try and keep their best talent, only to lose them anyway in the end. Why? Although they gave the problem a lot of thought, they have yet to ask their employees what it would take to keep them on. 

You might be afraid to ask your key talent what it would take to retain them if you can only arrange what they suggest. However, you’re even more likely to miss the mark when guessing what they want if you don’t ask. Seeking insight doesn’t have to be a complicated conversation. During their annual reviews, you can ask your direct reports what you can do to make them want to stay long-term, but you need to be prepared to try to implement their suggestions.

Different people have different wants and needs. Suppose you’re meeting your colleagues’ basic needs by acknowledging their contributions to the business and providing humanistic and engaged management. In that case, you can start looking into other ways to improve their time at your company. A few common employee retention strategies are:

  • Regular feedback
  • Performance-based raises
  • Continuing education opportunities 
  • Work-from-home days or fully remote work
  • Investing in advanced training
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Compensation audits to ensure equitable pay
  • Subsidized daycare for the children of employees
  • Improved benefits and wellness incentives

However, if you ask, you’ll only know which will work for your top talent. Asking about their needs will make your people feel seen and valued if you make a good-faith attempt to work with them on implementing these incentives. 

Please don’t wait until your top performers accept another offer to figure out how to keep them. Employee retention strategies should be a significant concern long before your associates start thinking about jumping ship. Turnover is inevitable, but you want your people to stay as long as possible and part on good terms when they leave. 

Are you looking to improve talent retention at your organization? Keeping your talent doesn’t have to break your company budget. Fill out my “get started” form for a complimentary video call with a professional coach to discuss employee retention strategies for your business. 

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