Attracting the right employees and keeping them on the payroll is about more than offering a generous compensation and benefits package. In a highly competitive workforce market, every company needs to find an edge in employee recruitment and retention. For good reason: employee turnover costs can quickly eat into a company’s bottom line with delays and interruptions. How do you attract the right employees and keep them? Start by implementing these four best practices for employee recruitment and retention:
- Know what you need. Use strategic planning and staffing assessments to maintain a workforce consistent with your business cycle. During your company’s busy season, what kind of employees do you need to meet the increased workload? How many permanent employees should you hire this year? Is there a flexible staffing option you can utilize, such as temporary employees? If you need a resource for initiating the planning process, contact a staffing firm with the experience, knowledge of current staffing trends and expertise in the best practices that can be applied to your specific business.
- Empower your biggest advocates: your employees. When it’s time to spread the word about open positions, give your employees the information needed for recruitment. Your employees can attract the brightest and the best workers with testimonials about the benefits of working for your company.
- Craft a perfect, accurate job description. Be clear and concise, and pay attention to the smallest details like spelling, grammar, formatting and length of the job description. Use our blog post to make sure your job description has all the essential elements that attracts the right employees.
- Create a company culture that is attractive to potential employees. Is your company a workplace people want to work at? As with many aspects of business, a strong company culture starts at the top and trickles down through the company regardless of size. Promote the right leaders for that potential employees want to work for. This article from Forbes is one of the top must-reads for companies looking to establish a solid company culture, as well as this blog post about creating a workplace your employees want to work in.
Because attracting the right employees and retention is so important, do your research and don’t be afraid to consult the experts. Recruitment and employee retention practices are continually evolving. Contact a staffing firm to capture and implement the best practices that impact your employee retention—and bottom line.