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As an employer, it’s often easy to focus on what a potential employee could offer your business and fail to consider what to offer candidates. After all, retaining high-quality staff begins from the minute they’re introduced to you and your company culture. Exposing your candidate to a positive and sought-after company culture could be the catalyst for a long-term employee.

The ability to accept and implement feedback from employees can harbour a greater retention rate. Existing employees have the best understanding of what worked during the induction process, and what could potentially be improved on. Utilise these resources of information to build on your onboarding skills.

Understanding the modern working environment means providing online and remote working conditions if possible. Flexibility in a position can often be a deal maker for candidates and presents the impression that an employer can cater for employee needs.

Oftentimes, employees resign from a position due to a lack of growth and professional direction. When onboarding staff you wish to retain, communicate at an early stage the possibility of ongoing employment and development. Avoid proposing empty promises and be clear that this is only an outcome of hard consistent work. This is commonly the top driving force for staff to persist through a role when facing professional hurdles.

Employees, like most individuals, are drained of motivation when disrespected or belittled. From the minute you meet, until the end of the professional relationship, it’s important to be respectful and professional when addressing a candidate. Despite seeming obvious, employers with a disrespectful attitude towards employees notoriously have the highest staff turnover rate.

Sometimes staff turnover can be manageable with positions of lower skillsets. This becomes much less practical when hiring a candidate at the top of the talent list with rarer expertise. Following these practices will ensure greater retention and an overall positive culture within your work environment.

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