For any business to be a success, finding the right team is of course crucial. However even once you have found your ideal candidate, signed all relevant contracts and brought them into the company, the challenge is far from over. Staff retention can be a somewhat tricky game in the modern professional landscape, and measures must be taken to ensure that your top talent doesn’t choose to jump ship and offer their expertise to a competitor.

There are a number of factors that will contribute to overall employee retention, from overarching working practices to seemingly minor everyday occurrences; and the design of the office environment itself have also have a substantial effect.

Kathleen McLeary, HR Manager for Blue Logic, recently shared her insights on how to improve upon staff retention in a guest post for HR News. Building upon her comments, we have combined her advice with a little of our own knowledge on the design and technology side of things to provide five tried-and-tested tips and tricks that should help you foster retention within your own working environment.

Progression

Everyone has their own ambitions and as such nobody will be truly happy if they feel their working life has become stagnant with little hope of further progression. Policies and practices which encourage staff to push themselves, set goals, and subsequently achieve them will have a massive effect on staff retention with your company, as each member of staff will feel the business has something to offer them as an individual.

Ms McLeary suggests that you should encourage your team to set one-, three-, and five-year goals, scheduling regular meetings and discussions with the intent of helping team members achieve these targets.

Training Opportunities

This point ties in somewhat with the former, and the provision of applicable training opportunities is only becoming increasingly vital as new technologies, procedures and products emerge at an ever-increasing rate. Not only will the offer of additional training make your workforce feel more valued and important to the business as a whole, it will also make your team far more effective as they are kept up to date on the latest methodologies and technologies.

This training can be offered in-house or via an external partners, and in our increasingly technological world there are a great number of approaches you can take. Some individuals still learn best in a more traditional setup, but for others the emergence of augmented and virtual reality software and hardware has presented the business world with a whole new way to acquire the relevant knowledge, even allowing them to put what they have learned into practice within a virtual world to test their grasp of new concepts before trying them out for real.

Communication

Effective communication is the foundation of any successful business, and is largely handled rather well within the typical office environment. A major hurdle is presented however when flexible working practices are utilised, especially if some employees work at least some portion of their week off-site.

Thankfully technology is once again here to help; with a plethora of secure and professional online communication applications available on today’s market there really is no excuse for not communicating properly with those working externally. However communication in this case does not refer exclusively to official business-related discussions.

Employees also need to time to unwind, socialise, and form working relationships with their colleagues, and so the provision of areas within the office dedicated to such usage, such as break-out zones, outside areas or even ping-pong and pool tables, can be a substantial asset in the long run, benefitting the company as a whole in relation to workplace morale, productivity and, the end goal of this article, retention.

Flexibility

The modern working individual, it could be said, is rather more demanding than their counterpart from previous generations, and the allowance flexible working arrangements now appears high on their list of priorities when it comes to their professional lives. Better yet with the rise of the aforementioned communication technologies and cloud technologies, such allowances are easier than ever to accommodate.

We’ve discussed the benefits of a flexible workplace countless times in the past so I will not reiterate again here, but a simple search of the term within our own platform should provide all you need to know.

Wellness

Health both mental and physical is highly important to consider within a working environment, yet all too many people some reluctant to discuss the former in particular; this is a dire mistake.

Ms McLeary strongly emphasises the need for an open-door policy in all business which allows employees to voice their concerns. She states that employers should “encourage [their] employees to be open and honest and to be comfortable speaking with their line managers. Train your managers to pick up on signs of struggles, so they can give them the support they need.”

There is also a lot you can do in terms of improving wellness within the design of the working environment itself, from improved access to daylight to the provision of greenery and artwork throughout internal spaces.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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