The easiest employees to retain are those who feel fulfilled and balanced in their role and perceive their job as meaningfully contributing to their long-term career. Creating this situation for employees is less about catering to employees needs and more about finding the right candidates to hire. Traditional hiring approaches focus on confirming the abilities of the candidate to successfully execute the responsibilities of the role. While this is obviously fundamentally important, it only represents half of the equation.
Employers who want to retain employees need to also concern themselves with meeting the needs and supporting the aspirations of employees. Hiring somebody who can do the job but is not fulfilled by the job is a recipe for turnover but hiring somebody who can do the job AND is fulfilled by the job is a win-win and invites both high performance and loyalty to the employer.
Contributors: Mike Cox from Cox Innovations