Alberta’s growing economy is expected to create close to 400,000 jobs in the next decade according to Alberta’s Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook, 2005 – 2015, but currently only about 314,400 new workers are expected to enter the labour market, leaving a shortfall as high as 86,000 workers.

Productivity in the workplace is directly tied to staff retention; high staff turnover equals low productivity.

Labour costs are the most expensive part of running a business. In today’s hot job market and with high wages luring people to high-paying industries, like the oil and gas industry, how do you keep employees?

The best strategy to deal with employment needs may be to retain the employees you have. There are various ways to do this.

Here are a few simple suggestions:

  • Offer a competitive wage.

  • Schedule work around employees’ other commitments. Employees who feel their employer understands their needs will communication between coworkers respond by showing a greater dedication to their work place.

  • Recognize staff contribution and service excellence in the work place.

  • Trust your staff to do the job they were hired to do. Most people respond favorably when they feel they are being trusted.

  • Ensure they have the tools and resources to do their job.

  • Take a genuine interest in your employees.

  • Have clear expectations of employees.

  • Involve employees in decisions that affect their job.

  • Encourage open communication between coworkers.

  • Use humor in the workplace. Humor helps to lighten the workload and bring people together

More detailed information on this subject may be found in the Finders & Keepers booklet published by Alberta Employment and Immigration. Download & print a copy of Finders Keepers (2.33mb) Adobe Reader required. Human resource strategies for employers including:

Rather than expending time and energy on recruiting new staff, consider using your resources to keep the staff you have.

  • reality
  • challenge
  • workforce
  • choice
  • training
  • advertisement
  • planning
  • match
  • referrals
  • application
  • benefits
  • integration
  • development
  • recognition
  • participation

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