Research from Monster.co.uk has revealed that seven out of ten British workers would leave the UK if they landed their dream job abroad, whilst nearly half would be prepared to relocate to the other side of the world.
With businesses faced with the prospect of losing staff abroad in 2015, Andy Sumner, Managing Director of Monster.co.uk, gives his top tips for retaining employees:
Discuss employee career ambitions –
It is vitally important to take the time to understand your staff and to know their career goals and objectives. Ensure your staff have the opportunity to develop new skills through training, additional responsibilities on projects or through mentoring others. Most employees will want to be challenged in order to progress, so don’t be afraid to test them.
Offer incentives –
Perks such as healthcare benefits, pension schemes and even gym memberships can be great ways to incentivise your staff to stick with you. Most employees will appreciate a well-rounded rewards package that accommodates each individual’s unique needs – remember, it’s not all about the money.
Flexible working –
In order to gain the highest level of productivity, employers should be helping their employees achieve a better work/life balance. Occasionally this will mean offering staff alternative work arrangements such as flexible hours and family leave options. If your staff believe that you have their interests at heart, they are unlikely to look elsewhere for an employer who is better suited to accommodate their needs outside the office.
Learning what motivates your staff –
Motivation is key to productivity and job satisfaction. However, it is important to recognise that different people are motivated by different things. Talking to your staff will often reveal what these are, and if you understand what motivates them, the easier it is to keep them happy.
Creating a healthy work environment –
It’s important to remember that your employees are likely to spend most of their week within the four walls of your office. Therefore taking time to address the appearance of the workspace, the location of your office, the equipment employees are using and the facilities on offer will go a long way to ensuring staff turn up to work happier.