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Top 3 Ways to Attract, Retain, and Engage Employees

Good help isn’t hard to find when top talent looks for you.

With a strong job market, employees prefer companies with good cultures, competitive pay and advancement opportunities. Giving employees what they need will help you get — and keep — the top talent that you want. Becoming known as a business where employees want to work takes time and a strategic approach. Follow these steps to attract, retain, and engage top talent.

Personalize Benefits

When people are resigning or looking for a new job, great benefits will make the difference in their decision. The most successful organizations tailor their benefits to the kind of talent that they want to attract. For example, in a large banking corporation where stress and competition are high, bringing healthcare onsite shows employees you care about their health and support their productivity. For manufacturers, which are often located in rural areas, connecting teams with virtual behavioral health services enhances their access to this important type of care. By personalizing benefits to the needs of their employees, organizations can offer benefits that give them a competitive edge.

Flexibility and Recognition

Whether it’s returning to the office with precautions, going 100% remote, or adopting a hybrid work model, the reality is that companies must now offer more flexibility in the workplace. But flexibility applies to more than just where, or even when, employees work. It also means letting employees have a voice in deciding which type of work they do at home vs. in the office. Consider helping with their physical flexibility, as well. Activities like group yoga, friendly athletic competitions, and regular team-building activities outside the office provide welcome breaks.

Today’s workers want to feel valued, too. Show your appreciation for them through employee-recognition programs, performance bonuses and comfortable work environments.

Clear Paths for Growth and Development

Nearly one-third of turnover is attributed to a lack of development opportunities. The most obvious solution to upping employee retention, then, is creating more effective training and development programs. Promoting from within not only provides a clear path to greater compensation and responsibility, it also helps employees feel they’re valued and a crucial part of the company’s success. So employee development and education are essential.

While you’re working on environmental and schedule flexibility, keep your learning and development flexible as well. Gen Z and Millenials have reported that they prefer eLearning over traditional training styles. With this in mind, scenario-based training offers workers the opportunity to learn flexibly. Scenario-based learning utilizes real-life scenarios to support active learning. This learning style is interactive, and designed to meet specific learning objectives. Consider training one of your top priorities when it comes to employee retention and engagement.   

Where to Start 

In today’s competitive job market, it is important that organizations offer benefits and growth opportunities that will attract top talent and create satisfied employees. Simulation-based training helps employees to harness and develop their skill, creating a clear path for growth and beyond. Offering ongoing, engaging training if flexible, promotes employee recognition, and initiates innovation. As a perk that employees value, this benefit of ongoing training can help organizations stand out in order to attract, retain, and engage top talent. Contact Allarium to learn more about how our asynchronous, simulation-based platform can help transform your employee training experience.

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