Tags: retention

Employers are being urged to provide more opportunities for young people to take part in work experience placements. According to a survey carried out by the careers advice website b-live, three-quarters of employers believe work experience makes young people more employable. However, just 18 per cent of those questioned said they offer adequate work experience…

Effective staff training programmes can lead to stronger sales and better retention, according to the cosmetics company Lush. Staff trainer Lisa Titcomb and retail director Liz Bennett said bad training can de-motivate employees and cause damage to the brand. "When people are trained to a high quality they feel invigorated, motivated and have a desire…

Employers are being urged to tailor their retention strategies to different age groups in order to ensure they are able to hold on to the best talent. According to new research from MRINetwork, younger workers at the beginning of their careers are one of the most challenging groups to keep hold of. Dubbed ‘hummingbirds’ because…

Employers in the UK have been able to boost staff retention by investing in training, according to new research by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). The National Employer Skills survey revealed that 42 per cent of businesses using the LSC’s Train to Gain Service have enjoyed increased profit margins. Improvements in productivity and staff…

Employers seeking to achieve high levels of recruitment and retention in today’s globalised world need to adopt cross cultural assessment strategies, new research suggests. According to a study by the human resources group Penna, almost six out of ten organisations do not have any means of effectively assessing workers from other countries. It revealed that…

One in every five UK employees feels frustrated in their job, according to new research from the global management consultancy Hay Group. A survey of over one million workers revealed that inflexible management structures coupled with poor support services are creating a negative working environment Half of those questioned said they felt they did not…

Apprenticeships offer one of the best means of training staff, according to one industry practitioner. Stephen Gardner, director of apprenticeships at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), said that the retention of apprentices within businesses once they have completed their training is often higher than it is among the rest of the workforce. The expert…

Small companies can incur benefits by providing employees with private medical insurance (PMI), it has been claimed. According to Jonathan French, spokesperson for the Association of British Insurers (ABI), firms with a limited number of staff can be hit badly if one goes off on long-term sick leave. He identified two main factors behind businesses…

The majority of workers in Britain are unhappy about the level of pay they receive, a new study has revealed. Produced by Jobsite.co.uk, the research found that 70 per cent of employees questioned believe they will never earn their ideal salary in their current job, while 41 per cent stated they will keep moving roles…

UK employers are not making the most of the potential of Web 2.0 in terms of the benefits it can have for recruitment and retention. This is the assertion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which found that 80 per cent of organisations do not currently use the technology to such ends.…

Companies in the UK have been urged to adopt flexible retention strategies which take into account the diverse requirements of staff. A study entitled One Size Does Not Fit All conducted by TalentDrain suggested that staff motivation and attitudes vary along with gender, age and ethnicity, among other things. For example, the research revealed that…

Managers in the UK need to strike the correct balance in terms of the freedom they permit staff over internet use, an expert has advised. According to Toby Thompson, a networked learning executive at the Cranfield School of Management, it is "crucial" for bosses to give employees enough autonomy to keep them motivated, while also…

Improving workplace diversity has "real business benefits" for companies, a new report suggests. Put together by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress, the research reveals that firms which look for staff on the basis of their potential, regardless of their sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion benefit in…

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has published a set of guidelines to encourage staff to get more active. The organisation believes that currently, between 65 per cent of men and 76 per cent of women do not get enough physical exercise and, with employees spending up to 60 per cent of their waking…

Allowing flexibility in working practices and promoting environmentally-friendly policies enables companies to attract the best personnel, it has been suggested. Speaking at a recent Work Wise UK summit, Caroline Waters, director of employment policy at BT, extolled the benefits of offering flexible working. According to the industry practitioner, the only reason many managers want staff…