The Effective Ways to Improve Talent Retention

The Effective Ways to Improve Talent Retention

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 11 April 2023
  • 5 minute reading time

Over the past year, record inflation in various regions has led to economic uncertainties and fears of a recession, decreasing employee productivity and raising worries among the workforce. Hence, talent retention is crucial for a stable and productive workforce, especially during uncertainty.

What is Talent Retention?

Talent retention is keeping the best employees from quitting their jobs from leaving. In addition, companies need to have a strategy to maintain their top-performing employees because losing them can be expensive and disruptive. 

Several factors can contribute to employee turnover, so it’s crucial to consider the unique requirements of your business while devising a retention strategy.  

Employees who are content with their work are more inclined to stay, saving the company the resources to recruit and train new staff.

A study has revealed that companies with a robust talent retention strategy have a 50% lower staff turnover rate.

Therefore, talent retention can boost employee morale and motivation, increasing productivity and creativity. Also, skilled employees are more likely to be involved in their work, leading to better company outcomes.

The Importance of Talent Retention in The Workplace

The Effective Ways to Improve Talent Retention

Companies need to identify employees at the highest risk of leaving to effectively retain talent and understand the reasons behind their potential departure. 

Additionally, offering the desired flexibility that employees seek can be a valuable tool for enhancing retention efforts.

Employers can increase job satisfaction and create a sense of purpose for their employees by offering employees opportunities for professional development, skill-building, and career advancement. 

Employees who perceive they are developing and advancing in their careers tend to have higher engagement and motivation, which increases the likelihood of staying with their current employer.

Tackling The Higher Employee Turnover Rates

In contrast, employees may look for opportunities elsewhere when they feel they have reached a career plateau or require more challenging roles and may seek employment opportunities elsewhere.

Providing growth opportunities also helps employers build a pipeline of talented employees prepared to take on more senior roles. 

It can reduce the costs of recruiting and training new employees and improve overall organizational performance.

The process of advertising, interviewing, onboarding, and training new employees take time and effort. 

When experienced employees leave, their institutional knowledge and skills are preserved, which can result in increased productivity and clarity among remaining team members.

An unfilled position can lead to lost productivity, and other employees may become overburdened, causing a decline in overall productivity. It also takes one to two years for a new employee to reach the productivity levels of an existing employee.

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The Challenges for Retaining Top Talent 

There are several challenges faced by companies in ensuring talent retention, amongst others, they are stemmed from the: 

1. Employee Burnout

Burnout is a growing concern among employees due to increased workloads and remote work. As a result, employers must prioritize employee wellness and offer mental health resources.

2. Better Compensation

Employees seek competitive salaries and benefits, and companies must offer attractive compensation packages to retain their top talent.

3. Workplace Culture

Employees value a positive workplace culture and want to work for companies that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, employers must foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees.

4. Flexibility

The pandemic has shown that employees value flexibility in their work arrangements, and employers should consider offering hybrid work options to retain their top talent.

5 Strategies to Improve Employee Retention

As previously established, employee retention is integral to achieving the purpose and mission of the company. Here are several ways to ensure that: 

1. Offer Competitive Compensation and Benefits

Employees value fair compensation and benefits packages, and companies should offer competitive salaries and benefits to retain their top talent.

2. Prioritize Employee Wellness

Employee wellness is crucial to retaining top performers, and employers should offer mental health resources and prioritize work-life balance.

3. Communicate Regularly with Employees

Regular communication is key to retaining employees, and employers should provide regular feedback, open communication channels, and transparent decision-making processes.

4. Offer Flexible Work Arrangements

The pandemic has shown that employees value flexibility in their work arrangements, and companies should consider offering hybrid work options to retain their top talent.

5. Provide Career Development Opportunities

Employees want career growth and development opportunities, and companies should provide clear career paths and invest in training and development programs.

Why HR Department Quality Matters

Talent retention, therefore, is a crucial part of the success of companies as it helps reduce costs, maintain knowledge, and improve productivity. 

The Human Resources and recruitment departments play a critical role in retaining talent by developing and implementing strategies that focus on attracting, engaging, and retaining top-performing employees. 

Aside from that, employment law also plays a significant role in talent retention by providing a legal framework for employers to manage their workforce and maintain compliance with relevant laws and regulations. 

To achieve this, companies must identify why employees leave and offer the desired flexibility and growth opportunities to keep them engaged and motivated.  

InCorp Indonesia (formerly Cekindo) provides specialized HR and recruitment services to help businesses retain valuable talent. With a team of professionals well-versed in employment laws, InCorp Indonesia is ready to assist companies in their talent retention efforts.

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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According to the Indonesia’s Manpower Law employers can hire the Indonesian talents either under a temporary or a permanent contract.

  • Prohibit any form of discrimination and provide equal opportunity for Indonesians and expatriates
  • Increase the competence of the workers by giving or encouraging job training
  • Follow the procedures of termination (Terminating an employee in Indonesia can be a long, tedious, and expensive process.)
  • Observe the working hours, holidays, and overtime regulations
  • Give mandatory employee benefits including social security and health insurance
  • Withhold only the right amount of income tax on behalf of the employees
  • Follow the wages and other benefits outlined by the law
  • Process the work permits for foreign employees

Minimum wage (may vary based on region), 12-day annual leave (minimum), BPJS coverage, holiday allowance (usually distributed before Christmas or Eid al-Fitr).

In addition to the agreed-upon salary, employers also typically offer some other compensations such as the overtime pay, paid annual leave, festive holiday leave, and insurances.