Value SMB recruits to avoid staff attrition

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Small and medium-sized business (SMB) leaders need to ensure they do all they can to make employees feel valued, from the moment they join the company.

According to Phil Roebuck, founder of online recruiter webrecruit, workplace disenchantment is "at crisis level", with many employers struggling to keep hold of their most valued staff members.

He said that for employers who want to keep and inspire their people, there's probably no better place to start than the induction process.

Writing for the Guardian, Mr Roebuck said a first-class induction can make it easier to retain the individuals the SMB has worked so hard to recruit.

This can help reduce employee turnover, which adds to the costs faced by SMBs with limited budgets, he said.

"Revamping your induction process doesn't have to be expensive - there are non-monetary ways to make staff feel valued - and the long-term benefits will outweigh the costs," Mr Roebuck stated.

"By focusing on new recruits as soon as they walk through the door, you will not only integrate them more swiftly into your organisation but you will maximise morale throughout the team."

He said this means both new and existing employees are motivated and engaged, which can quickly raise performance and productivity.

Posted by Sarah Parish