Skilled employees are perhaps the most valuable assets to companies. Retaining them is a crucial management step every administration team must take in order to prolong a business’s development and durability in the long run. So how can a business, especially a small and a new business, prioritize this vital step and make their employees commit to the business’s long-term future? Here are some of the best strategies to retain skilled employees –
Incentive for Good Performance
Apart from arranging important benefit plans such as health insurance, career progression and retirement policies, offering incentives as bonuses for noteworthy deeds that contribute to the long-term success of the business, is a great way of letting an employee know just how important they are to the company. Giving on-the-spot incentives or setting up a monthly/quarterly incentive system helps companies to enable an efficient way of tracking the progress of their employees. This not only encourages the less skilled members of the team to strive for higher levels of performance knowing that they will be remunerated for their accomplishments over a fixed period of time, it also makes the skilled employees feel appreciated and content.
Direct Communication on Career Growth
Most skilled employees definitely tend to prioritize career growth over financial rewards. Keeping these skilled employees constantly informed about their position in the company and how they can expect to get promotions and career advancements truly gives these skilled workers a reason to stay and prove their excellence. HR managers must schedule open conversation sessions that discuss the –
 Status of their position in the company
 How they can improve on these positions
 The tools they require in order to improve these professional positions as an individual and as an important member of the workforce
 How the company can help them achieve their personal and professional goals for the future
Taking the personal objectives of the skilled workers and aligning them with company plans is one of the most effective ways of keeping employees happy and the only way to do so is to listen to their thoughts about the company in these direct communication sessions.
Invest in Employee Training and Workforce Building
Companies must provide training sessions and skill set improving activities in addition to team building sessions that can simplify employee education about what they need to do in order to better their positions and also reinforce relationships within the workforce. Invest in internet training programs that are accessible even if the staff is working remotely. Holding conferences and training programs that not only help in improving their skill set but also give them additional knowledge about the industry that they work in, keep the skilled members of the workforce satisfied with how their employers treat them.
It is very important for businesses to keep their best employees up to date on the most significant trends in the industry that they operate in. Setting up a healthy work environment and showing constant signs of long-term commitment are the two key ingredients for a happy and content employee.
Retention of skilled employees is crucial for the success of any business. So, the management and administration team must take appropriate initiatives to do so. Some of the time-tested strategies for skilled employee retention include incentives for commendable performance, adequate investment in workforce, as well as direct communication with the skilled employees.

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Reshali Balasubramaniam
Head of HR, HR Counselor and adviser at and EFutureTech Systems. Submit your resume online and be contacted by prospective employers.