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Retaining Hourly Employees Starts With Hiring the Right People

Monday, October 16, 2017

Turnover is costly, and this is particularly true in smaller organizations, especially ones with hourly staff members; however, not much is being done to keep top talent around. According to recent studies, the annual turnover rate for hourly employees is a staggering 49 percent, which costs the organization an average of nearly $5,000 per employee lost. However, high rates of turnover in hourly positions don't have to be a foregone conclusion. By focusing on the right priorities, companies can keep their best and brightest around. The first steps in boosting retention should be made in the hiring process. Managers should look for candidates who can not only perform the job well, but also understand what it will take to be successful in the position. "Make sure you're aware of exactly what a successful employee will do,” says John Waldmann, CEO of employee scheduling software company Homebase. “What are the job duties they will be expected to perform, what are the behaviors that are required to be effective at completing the tasks, and what are the minimum requirements an applicant must have to even be taken into consideration for the role?”

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