By Lina Martinez

Ask any successful business owner about the challenges of finding the right employees for your brand. The chances are they could probably reel off hundreds of different things. Finding people who are a good fit for your business takes time, money, and a whole lot of effort. There are job descriptions to write up, resumes to sift through, and interviews to hold. Adding to your team is a lengthy and time-consuming process. That’s why once you’ve got the perfect team in place, you should do everything that you can to hold onto them. Here are the smart steps to take if you want to hold onto the talent that you already have working within your company:

 

Help your team to gain new skills

 

 

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If you want to hold onto the team that you already have, one of the best things you can do is help your employees gain new skills. Everyone has a career goal that they aspire to meet, so make an effort to help your employees to do that. Don’t simply offer training as and when it’s necessary, look for opportunities that would help your team to learn new skills. As well as offering regular training, consider offering tickets to industry events and shows. By giving your team the chance to gain new skills and experiences, they will feel valued. Something that, if you want to keep your team for the long term, is vital.

 

Make health and safety a priority

 

A fatal mistake many employers make is not prioritizing health and safety. If your company was held responsible for an accident due to negligence, for instance, you would not only lose employees. You may also struggle to hire new team members in the future. After all, no one wants to work for someone who doesn’t put their employees’ health first. To demonstrate to your team that you take health and safety seriously, make it a priority. Ensure that all team members have undergone up to date training. Get a safety check performed by a professional company that specializes in your type of business. Say, for instance; you run a manufacturing company. Using a specialist service like those offered for puwer checks, for instance, could be a good option. Put your employees’ health first and your chances of keeping the talent that you’ve got is high.

 

Promote internally

 

 

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When a new role becomes available, your first port of call should be the employees that you already have in place. Instead of advertising the role externally, advertise it internally in the first instance. This will give members of your team that chance to move their careers forward, should they want to. If there’s no one suitable, then you can advertise it externally. However, you will find that your team of employees appreciate being given the opportunity to apply. There are some employers that hold their team back, don’t be one of these people. Give everyone an equal chance for progression.

 

Keeping your team committed to your business is something that, if you know what you’re doing, is much easier than you would think. Or, at least, it can be.



Lina Martinez has her B.S. in journalism and is a contributor to our politics, life and money pages. She once admitted over drinks to singing "Careless Whisper" in the shower. We are still trying to get her to sing it at karaoke.