In today’s hyper-competitive global workforce, where talent is highly skilled, mobile, and technologically advanced, maintaining the retention of  top employees can be challenging. Today, highly skilled employees understand their worth and are willing to look elsewhere for the best job contract.

As we celebrate World Wellbeing Week 2024, it’s an opportune time to highlight the significance of workplace wellness in this context. While this movement is beneficial for employees looking to upskill and develop, if businesses fail to retain their staff, the cost of turnover is significant. From recruitment expenses to lowered morale to the loss of experienced professionals in their business, the impact is substantial.

Clearly recognising the problem, international businesses are expected to invest up to $100 million in employee wellness initiatives this year. This underlines the importance of prioritising employee wellness as an effective retention strategy.

If done correctly, businesses won’t be forced to only hire new talent to take their businesses forward; instead, they will be able to take their existing workforce to new heights. Here are a few approaches they can take.

1. Investing in better onboarding processes

A structured and inclusive onboarding process sets the tone for an employee’s journey within the organisation. It not only helps new hires adjust to their roles, but it also fosters a sense of belonging and commitment from the start.

This entails more than just paperwork; it is about integrating new employees into the organisational culture and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed. Organisations can ensure that new hires feel valued and connected from the start by focusing on cultural immersion and team integration activities.

2. Optimising compensation and benefits

In today’s global economy, compensation extends beyond salary figures to include comprehensive benefits packages that address the diverse needs of employees worldwide.

Offering compensation and perks that are tailored to local market dynamics is critical for retaining top talent. This approach demonstrates fairness and appreciation for employees’ contributions, which reduces the risk of losing them to competitors.

Organisations can keep their compensation strategies competitive and aligned with industry standards by conducting regular market analyses and benchmarking studies.

3. Improving leadership and management relationships

Effective leadership that values open communication, feedback and professional development cultivates trust and loyalty among team members.

The culture of an organisation is shaped by its management; thus, it is important to invest in leadership development programmes to give managers the skills they need to develop talent and foster a positive work environment.

Regular feedback sessions and mentorship opportunities boost managerial effectiveness by creating a supportive environment in which employees feel valued and motivated to put forth their best efforts.

4. Supporting professional growth opportunities

Top talent gravitates towards organisations that offer opportunities for advancement and development. Workers with specialised training are twice as likely to agree that their employer provides adequate upskilling opportunities as those without such training.

Offering opportunities for skill development, mentorship programmes, and career advancement shows a dedication to employees’ long-term success and professional fulfilment. Organisations should provide tailored training programmes and development pathways that not only prepare their workforce for future challenges, but also foster a culture of internal mobility and career advancement.

5. Adhering to flexible work arrangements

Flexible work schedules and remote work options are becoming increasingly important in today’s global workforce. According to a LinkedIn poll, 77% of employees believe that flexible working hours are more important than money when considering a new job, implying that organisations must now focus more than ever on accommodating diverse preferences in order to improve job satisfaction and work-life balance.

Allowing employees to balance professional and personal responsibilities promotes employee well-being and productivity. Leveraging technology can also help with remote collaboration and communication, increasing the effectiveness of flexible work policies and allowing global teams to thrive in a virtual environment while maintaining high engagement and performance.

6. Creating a safe and inclusive work environment

A culture of inclusivity and mental security is essential to employee well-being and retention, as it creates an environment in which employees feel respected, valued and empowered to share their ideas. Open dialogue, anti-discrimination policies, and diversity initiatives all contribute to creating a positive culture and improving employees’ perceptions of their workplace.

Organisations foster a sense of belonging and collective purpose by creating an environment in which diverse perspectives are acknowledged. This demonstrates a dedication to fairness and equality, which encourages trust and loyalty among global teams.

7. Leveraging HR technology for insights and analytics

Data-driven decisions enable targeted interventions and continuous improvement in retention strategies, and in this era of digital transformation, HR technology is critical to improving employee retention.

Implementing tools like analytics and employee engagement platforms allows organisations to gain actionable insights into retention metrics. These insights make it possible for HR professionals to identify retention trends, anticipate challenges, and take proactive steps to foster a supportive workplace. It is a strategic approach that ensures retention strategies remain adaptable and responsive to changing organisational needs, resulting in long-term growth and competitive advantage.

While reducing unnecessary hiring costs is a bonus, prioritising employee well-being through strategic retention initiatives is more than just lowering turnover. It is also about cultivating a loyal and motivated workforce capable of driving innovation and long-term growth. As organisations navigate the complexities of an interconnected economy, implementing these retention strategies will be critical to maintaining resilience and achieving sustained success.

Alan Price
Alan Price
Head of Global Talent Acquisition at Deel

Alan is an experienced international talent acquisition leader, having led People & TA teams for some of the largest technology companies globally. Currently, Alan is the Head of Global Talent Acquisition at Deel.com, running TA teams across the US, LATAM, EMEA, and APAC. Prior to Deel, Alan was a founding member of the Amsterdam-based micro-mobility company Dott, where he held the responsibility of VP of People. Dott grew from 0 to 1,000+ employees in four years. Before Dott, he held senior roles at Uber and Google.