A Clean and Comfortable workplace helps reduce employee turnover


Employers, whether their staff numbers ten or ten thousand, know that the bottom line is always enhanced with a steady, dependable and proficient lineup of employees. It takes time, which translates to money, to train a new employee who can step up to the plate and deliver the work product.

New employees are unknowns and you may be investing time and money in someone who won’t make the grade in the long run. On the other hand, a good seasoned employee does not need much direction. A dependable employee who does the job well increases your profits. Reducing employee turnover is a strategy that pays you, the employer. Let’s look at some strategies that help you retain a good staff, to everyone’s mutual benefit.

Reducing employee turnover begins during the interview process. If the candidate’s resume shows several long stints with previous employers and the candidate has solid references, this person is probably a good bet. If the candidate has several short term jobs, this is not necessarily a bad sign. Young people, particularly teenagers, may have several jobs of short duration through no fault of their own. Check references to see if the individual is dependable and productive. If so, giving them a chance can work for you, gaining a loyal employee.

You must also provide incentives to your employees that encourage them to stay. Reducing employee turnover works both ways. Some states now have group health insurance programs, designed especially for small business owners, with attractive benefits and rates for both employer and employees. Offering this type of health insurance can be a powerful incentive for employees to stay with your organization.

There are other strategies which cost little to implement, but pay you back handsomely by significantly reducing employee turnover. For example, management policies play a big role in the overall satisfaction of your employees. Adopting an open-door policy has proven quite successful, as employees know that if they cannot reach a resolution with their immediate manager, they can speak with the next line manager to sort out the problem, without penalty or worry of losing their job as a result.

Creating a friendly, open environment in a clean and comfortable workplace also ranks high in effective strategies to reduce employee turnover. A happy employee wants to stay.

Offering opportunities to advance, through training and off-site classes is another good choice for the employer. When an employee knows they can advance and gain new responsibilities and skills, it’s far more likely they’ll stay.

When you make good investments in your employees, reducing employee turnover becomes a minor concern and ultimately, increases your bottom line.