The Best ways for employers to recruit and retain their employees

In today’s world, any business owner or manager worth his or her salt knows that their most important asset is the employees who make up the workforce, not the fixed or tangible assets like a factory or office.

That staff number may be under ten, into the hundreds or even thousands but whatever your worker headcount, one of the best things any owner or manager can do is recruit the right people for your organisation, invest in staff and put in schemes and incentives to retain them.

People stay with employers for many reasons: money, culture, and career progression are among the most popular reasons.

Myles Wellbeing has researched the best practices for businesses to use to recruit and retain workers and ultimately improve the performance of any business operation.

One of the main aspects of work that is becoming much more important to workers is the wellbeing and mindfulness that you can achieve in your workplace.

After all, since the Pandemic, screen time at work is said to have increased. A report by Parliament from last year showed that workers who were based at home or had a hybrid arrangement reported working longer working hours.

Good health and wellbeing can be a core enabler of positive employee engagement and enhance your team’s performance.

Making sure that wellbeing is at the core of your business means that it can help prevent stress and create a positive working environment where people and your business can thrive.

Mindfulness is equally as important. It gives staff permission and space to think. This leads to mental agility, resilience and self-awareness. In addition, mindfulness can reduce emotional exhaustion, increase openness to new ideas and develop compassion and empathy.

But before you get to the investing stage the crucial recruitment stage comes first.

The best ways to recruit staff

There are many important factors to consider when looking for the very best candidates for your role and company.

Providing prospective candidates with an insight into your company culture is one of the main things you can do to hire the right candidate.

It is a very competitive jobs market in the UK and many roles that are advertised can attract hundreds of applications.  But one of the best ways to attract great employees and retain them is happiness and fulfilment.

And the best way to develop a company culture that prioritises these things is to ensure wellbeing and mindfulness are key to your business.

Many candidates will be attracted by a company’s attitude to wellness and wellbeing.

Whilst a candidate may have all the necessary skills and qualifications for your role, if they won’t enjoy or thrive in your company and its ways of working, this could result in premature departures.

Describe the environment of your company, whether it is collaborative and how teams interact. Are there regular team socials and events? This is a great way to promote your opportunity, but also to let candidates decide if it’s an environment suited to them.

The best ways to retain staff

Staff development and training are crucial to making workers feel valued. All companies offer pay rises and benefits. Perhaps discounts at shops or other incentives.

But research has shown that people are more likely to stay with an employer if they feel valued. Making staff feel valued can be done in many ways but one of the easiest is bringing in wellbeing and mindfulness as a core value of your organisation.

The workplace can be a fast-paced, stressful environment so a culture of mindfulness lets your workers know you care about them and their wellbeing.

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People can get wellbeing in a variety of ways from an employer and here are some of the best examples.

  1. Launch a wellbeing programme, to enhance your knowledge and increase self-awareness about mental wellbeing.
  2. Develop workshop session
  3. Employ wellbeing champions throughout your organisation
  4. Sign up to Myles Wellbeing
  5. Mentoring schemes for progression
  6. Have a clear set of goals for your organisation top down
  7. Encourage input and feedback
  8. Identify talent and nurture the talent within the company so you don’t lose them to competitors.

Adopt some of these policies and retain your core talent and keep your company growing.