General Tips:

  • Marketing your business to potential employees is as important as marketing it to your customers. Marketing to job seekers starts with the job interview and new employee orientation.  The current labour market offers many choices to job seekers,businesses must convince people to work for them. Some have raised their wages to get the people they need, however, does not always work.

  • When hiring do not just look at someone’s skills. Try to find someone who will fit easily into your company’s culture. A lack of teamwork can affect your other employees and may decrease productivity. Hiring the wrong person may also lead to unnecessary stress for you.

  • Happy employees are typically more productive. Some ways to increase job satisfaction include providing flexible schedules, telecommuting, regular performance reviews, varied routines, and advancement opportunities. You can also encourage socializing at lunch or through after hour activities. Even allowing employees to personalize their workspace creates a positive atmosphere at work.
  • Today’s job seekers and employees prefer a humanistic, family-friendly work environment in which they are recognized as individuals, viewed as members of the team, and given adequate training and opportunity for advancement.  Today, the pressure on businesses to consider how workers are treated, not just in the way they are compensated.  
  • Encourage employee development and growth. Besides official training, managers can assign mentors to newer employees and offer tuition reimbursement. Discuss with staff what their goals and interests are. 
  • Research shows most people who quit a job quit within the first six months because they weren't properly trained or made to feel accepted into the corporate culture.  Take the time to train new employees. They can’t read your mind. Offering training makes the employee feel valued and challenged and better able to serve the needs of your business.

Employee Retention Tips:

  1. Always treat employees with respect and fairness.

  2. Offer competitive wages and healthcare benefits.

  3. Consider non-monetary benefits such as paid uniforms or tools.

  4. Tailor benefits to the employee; offer fitness plans, daycare, flexible works schedules, etc.

  5. Create a positive, safe working environment.

  6. Ensure the workplace is fun and challenging.

  7. Allow employees contribute and make decisions about the outcome of their work.

  8. Provide opportunities for growth and advancement.

  9. Offer specific and sincere praise - often.

  10. Keep the lines of communication open between management and staff, always be open and honest with staff.