The work isn’t done when you hire the right employee. As an employer, you need to create an environment that gives the right employee a reason to stay. As a hiring manager, there is nothing worse than feeling like you found the perfect person for the job only to lose them weeks or months down the line for something that could’ve been avoided.
Here are 7 ways to improve the overall employee experience at your company.
- Communicate with your employees
It’s not enough to say hi, how are you doing today? You need to genuinely and strategically communicate with them. Ask them what they are looking to get out of their position, what they need to achieve success, and what is important for them in the workplace. Bonus Tip: Conduct stay interviews not just exit interviews. Don’t wait until you lose someone to find out what you could’ve done to help make their experience one they would’ve stayed for.
- Cultivate an environment that breeds continuous learning
Offer career development programs or manager training opportunities to help nurture the growth of your employees. How often have you heard someone say they left a job or organization because they didn’t have room to grow? Offering career development opportunities helps to attract top talent and retain employees, not to mention what can be saved by avoiding turnover. According to the Harvard Business Review, organization costs of employee turnover are estimated to range between 100% and 300% of the replaced employee’s salary.
- Keep salary and benefits current and competitive
If you do a simple Google search on the types of positions within your company. You’ll find plenty of information regarding compensation, which is something any employee can gain access to easily. Make sure you keep your company competitive when it comes to compensating your in-house talent and stay current on salary trends.
- Design a successful onboarding experience
According to the Harvard Business Review, 33% of new hires look for a new job within their first six months on the job. How can their onboarding experience not be attributed to this? By designing a program that’s measurable and tailored to specific job roles, it allows the employee to track progress, which will help them feel successful when they reach certain milestones or complete specific tasks.
- Empathize with employees
This ties into communication, meaning you need to check in with them, ask them what their typical day is like, and what challenges they face. Come up with ways to understand what they are going through and engage with them. Bonus Tip: Create an employee mapping journey. This tip allows you to pinpoint specific moments and find solutions for them.
- Invest in employee wellness
Employees who stay active and prioritize their health will incur lower health costs. Naturally, this will save their employer money and time. Physical fitness is important, but wellness is all-encompassing, and every organization should take into account mental and emotional wellness, also. This can lead to employees who are more attentive and productive at work. Bonus Tip: Set up employee wellness surveys.
- Celebrate employees
This doesn’t mean you only celebrate the success they have at work, celebrations should include birthdays, weddings, babies, or home purchases. They are more than just an employee, and that should be displayed through the company culture. When celebrating the work wins, celebrate both individual wins and team wins. Give employees a sense of belonging.