Analyze the work environment carefully to determine whether employees intend to perform, engage and remain within an organization. Analyze the work environment carefully to determine whether employees intend to perform, engage and remain within an organization.
by Dobie Houson
November 17, 2015
6 Ways to Promote RetentionIf leaders want employees to stay and be actively engaged in their work and in the organization’s mission, they should consider the following six retention strategies:1. Increase task variety. Scores on all five key intentions improve when employees have a variety in type and complexity of tasks.2. Provide meaningful work. Communicating vision, the value of an employee’s contribution to the organization, and the organization’s contribution to the community are important to people, and can influence intentions to remain, perform at a high level, endorse and engage in organizational citizenship behaviors.3. Promote procedural fairness. Apply policies and procedures fairly to all employees to improve intentions to perform, remain and apply discretionary effort.4. Increase autonomy. Allow people flexibility in how they accomplish their work and approach their jobs to improve intentions to apply discretionary effort, perform at a high level and engage in organizational citizenship behaviors.5. Encourage employee connections. Foster the development of personal and professional relationships among employees to influence the intention to apply discretionary effort and engage in organizational citizenship behaviors.6. Offer job and career development opportunities, and exhibit distributive fairness. Make sure compensation and distribution of resources are fair to improve employees’ intention to remain.—Dobie Houson and Jim Diehl