Today’s young professionals feel more empowered than ever to find a job they love. That means they won’t hesitate to hop from one job to the next until they find the best fit.
Technology has enabled a nonstop job search. According to the 2022 Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Report, 45% of employees surveyed are actively looking for a new job or plan to within the next year.
Because of this, HR professionals are always looking for ways to keep employees engaged and curb wandering eyes looking out for better opportunities in the peripheral.
5 tips to keep employees from leaving
Here are five P’s you can use to prevent current employees from searching for a new job:
1) Provide new growth opportunities
“Career growth” is a vital concern for today’s top talent. But 54% of those that said they’re searching have not looked internally at their current company for a new position.
Check-in with employees regularly to find out what about their job they enjoy the most. Ask what else they’d like to learn. Allow them to shadow you or others in the company from whom they could learn desired skills.
Trumpet opportunities for promotions and leadership roles into their ears. Provide a visible path with tactical steps they can take to earn those roles.
2) Pay employees what they’re worth
When workers feel underpaid, they will leave. According to the Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Survey, 27%% of job seekers are actively looking for higher compensation.
Start with a fair base salary for everyone. Give monthly bonuses to top performers so everyone is paid according to the work they do. Even a small amount, like $100 or $200, makes a difference.
3) Prioritize employees’ health and well-being
If your employee is happy and healthy, they’ll perform well for your organization. That might be why 30% of workers expect mental health benefits from their employers.
That percentage isn’t a surprise after the pandemic of 2020. Nearly two-third (63%) said the pandemic has caused them to focus more on their mental health.
Aside from offering therapy and medication coverage in your benefits package, there are several ways you can encourage healthy lifestyles among employees.
Offer a gym membership as part of a benefits package. Allow employees to come into work late or leave early once a week for a yoga or group exercise class. Work with employees’ schedules to balance their personal health initiatives with office hours.
4) Put yourself in your employees’ shoes
People are quick to make judgments about how “easy” someone’s role is or compare what they do to what others do. Clear up any misconceptions by giving employees first-hand experience in leadership roles, and vice versa.
Once a year, schedule leaders to switch roles with each type of employee so each can get a feel for the other’s job. Employees will experience how challenging it is to lead people, and leaders will gain a new perspective working with challenges employees face everyday
It will create empathy and understanding between the two roles.
5) Praise employees regularly for great work
Employees need to know what they do for your organization matters. If you don’t communicate to them how they make a difference, they’ll go somewhere that will.
Make time throughout your day to say “thank you” to employees for their work, remind them of what a great job they’re doing, and explain how they’re a valuable part of the team.
With technology providing us access to tons of information, employees will only become more elusive to retain. Your employer brand is on the front line against other companies that threaten to take better care of your talent than you. So, don’t let them.
Mind these “5 Ps,” and you’ll prevent your talent from going elsewhere.