Tips for Engaging and Retaining Talent

A Challenge for Employers

Dec 19, 2017

Let’s face it - engaging and retaining talent in today’s market is a challenge. It takes dedicated commitment from employers, but the ROI is worth it. When turnover is low, both productivity and morale goes up. Here’s some tips from Lofton for employers who want to secure top talent.

Recognize your employees’ diligence and consistent performance.  

  • Take time to express your appreciation – verbally and in written form.
  • Emphasize your gratitude in tangible ways, such as extra PTO, appropriate gift cards, or a company lunch.
  • Ensure that your compensation package matches talent and expertise.
  • Provide attractive benefits.

Provide a positive culture

  • Encourage feedback from employees by keeping an open door and learning to listen.
  • Make clear communication a priority – ensure that everyone understands the big picture and their role in it.
  • Match employees’ responsibilities to their skills. 
  • Build on diversity.
  • Be flexible – within reason – to accommodate commitments outside of work.
  • Include time for fun activities.

Respect your Employees

  • Take time to know them and listen to their ideas.
  • Use their ideas and give credit where credit is due.
  • Involve your employees in decisions when appropriate.
  • Value them as people with lives outside of work.
  • Connect with their goals – such as supporting the charitable organizations they support and getting involved as a company in your community.

Support your employees’ career goals

  • Listen to your employees as individuals and help discern the best path for them within your company.
  • Cross-train employee – help them expand their skill sets.
  • Provide on-the-job training sessions – webinars – etc.
  • Encourage employees to take classes and earn certificates.
  • Offer tuition assistance.
  • Be flexible with schedules to accommodate continued education.
  • Provide opportunity to advance within the company.

Bottomline: There is a wealth of truth in the adage, “You get what you pay for.” And it doesn’t just refer to money. If you value and respect your employees, communicate with them, encourage them to grow, and appreciate their contributions, they will respond with high performance and loyalty. Yes, it’s true that the culture of old where one stayed at a job for 40 years has gone, but you can still attract talent and hold it longer if you’re willing to do your part. Be an attractive company that walks the talk, and you will attract talent.

Lofton Staffing has been helping companies match with talent since 1979. A family-owned business, which is now in its second generation of ownership, Lofton offers multiple divisions: Staffing, Security, Medical, Energy, and Safety. We employ over 8,100 assignment employees and security officers, supported by over 100 corporate internal staff, providing our employees and clients with the resources they need at a moment's notice. Contact us today and let Lofton help you with all your staffing needs.

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