Employee Retention: Get Creative and Keep Your Team Happy as Clams

Everything you need to know about employee job satisfaction to keep them happy and increase retention rate.

January 17, 2023
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It’s fairly easy to board the train of thought that when an employee quits, they can easily be replaced by someone else. However, did you know that replacing them could cost twice an employee’s yearly salary?

Employees should be one of your most valuable assets. So, it’s safe to jump off that train.

If you employ the right people for a job, it makes economic sense that you do what you can to hold on to them because the alternative is even more expensive.

When employees feel like their workplace is not meeting their professional or personal needs, they start to look for other opportunities. Ensuring that they don’t feel this way is important in retaining them. So, the key is to keep them happy, engaged, and productive.

In this article, we’ll discuss employee satisfaction, how it affects retention, and what you can do to improve the workplace.

How Is Employee Retention Affected By Job Satisfaction?

There is a direct relationship between employee satisfaction and retention - The happier your employees are, the likelier they will keep working in your company.

When you use effective employee engagement strategies, employee productivity and efficiency increase alongside retention - this is the positive effect of job satisfaction. Naturally, client satisfaction is important in any company. Think of it as creating a ripple effect when the reverse happens, it affects the clients. 

Consider these out-of-the-box creative ideas to keep your employers engaged and satisfied at work. 

Start making your employees happier now - book a demo today. 

What Is The Difference Between Employee Retention And Employee Satisfaction?

Employee retention is a measure of how well an organization is doing when it comes to holding on to their employers. On the other hand, employee satisfaction is a measure of employees’ fulfillment and satisfaction in their position within the organization and the organization itself. 

An organization with a low retention rate needs to make deliberate efforts to ensure employee satisfaction; they feed into each other. A company with a high retention rate will not only have happier employees but enjoy higher productivity and turnover at the end of a business year. 

Taking an employee satisfaction survey periodically will ensure that employers can stay on top of things and know when to put in extra effort to keep their workers happy. These surveys are an effective way to identify employees’ pain points and needs. 

It is easy to assume that employees only need better financial compensation to be happy and satisfied. While this is important, employers need to consider other needs.

Creating an employee satisfaction survey will ensure that you are not just assuming their needs but actually paying attention to them and their specific needs. When you incorporate the results from the survey, you’ll also show employees that you care about them. 

Employee retention is sometimes challenging, and we understand that! Fortunately, there are ways to identify the challenges and improve on them. 

How Can Employee Satisfaction And Retention Be Improved?

There are many ways to improve job satisfaction and retention, including offering great perks, effective communication, good work-life balance, etc.

Since we have established that employee satisfaction and retention are directly proportional, it is a safe deduction to say that improving one affects the other positively.

Let’s take a closer look at how to improve employee satisfaction and retention at work:

  • Celebrate milestones and achievements

Every achievement made by an individual or team should be acknowledged and celebrated. Things such as; wrapping up a project timely, flawless execution of a project, work anniversaries, etc., should be celebrated memorably. 

  • Good work-life balance

Showing employees that you care about their life outside work by respecting their time is an excellent way to ensure job satisfaction. This is especially important when managing remote or hybrid employees

If your employers don’t have a life outside work because they have to work odd hours, it won’t be long before they become dissatisfied at work.

The workplace can sometimes get so fast-paced that employees' contributions are dismissed or unappreciated. 

It won’t take long before an employee starts to feel dissatisfied, and mangers need to find ways to engage the disengaged. Setting up a recognition and reward system will let employees know you value them. This outcome will be seen in their output and productivity at work.

  • An effective communication system

Are your employees always confused because they get different information from different people? Are they in constant uncertainty because a clear communication system has not been established? Is there a system in place to help them communicate their ideas and complaints and feel heard?

No one wants to feel like they don’t know what they are doing at work because a functional system hasn’t been put in place. 

  • Useful feedback

Let your employees know how they are doing by offering constructive feedback. You don’t necessarily have to wait for a performance review. Discuss their professional goals and find ways the company can help them develop careerwise. 

Your employees need to know that their professional well-being is important to you and that they can rely on the company’s support.

  • Health support

Asides from paying salaries, it’s essential for employees to know that you care about your employees’ physical and mental health. 

Assist employees in managing their mental and physical health by offering gym memberships, stress management programs, fitness classes, mental health awareness, etc. 

  • Great perks

A good salary is not a replacement for perks. Excellent workplace perks vary, so you might consider taking a workplace survey to ensure that you’re giving your workers what they really want. 

For example, employees might find remote work and paid time off volunteering to be better than annual company retreats. 

  • Ask for suggestions

Imagine being constantly fed a salad when you only want a double cheeseburger! Making assumptions leaves room for mistakes - thinking you know what your employees need instead of asking them. 

A lot of the points mentioned above will only produce desired results when you don’t generalize the process. What works for other companies in your industry might not work in your own company. Instead, ask your employees for their opinions and listen.

What Things Give Employees The Greatest Satisfaction At Work?

What’s the general atmosphere like in your company? Do you feel that your employees are not happy at work and that they’ll rather be elsewhere?

If you think so, then it’s time to switch things up. The first step, of course, is to identify the things that give employees satisfaction at work and make them ready to go the next day.

  1. Workplace autonomy:

If employees don’t have the autonomy to think independently because of some heavy micromanaging, they won’t enjoy what they do. Your employees should be free to get creative in executing their daily tasks.

  1. Workplace discrimination:

No employee should feel discriminated against by management or their co-workers. Ensure that the workplace is a discrimination-free area, and invest in keeping the team spirit alive and healthy.

  1. Monotonous work:

Very few people like doing the same thing repeatedly with little to no variety. When the tasks at your workplace become overly monotonous, employees don’t feel challenged anymore. Boredom brings about dissatisfaction, and that’s not what you want. 

  1. Opportunities for growth:

When employees feel like working in a place stifles their growth, they’ll become dissatisfied. A healthy work environment offers opportunities for both personal and professional development. 

  1. Good salary structure:

Employees need to feel like they are being paid fairly for the work they are putting in. You can’t tell them you appreciate them but severely underpay. It’s important to pay based on capabilities and industry standards.

To tie it all up;

It’s human nature to seek greener pastures, and it differs for everyone. You can take surveys to understand what makes your employees happier and apply them to create employee engagement KPIs to keep you on track.

Discarding their opinions and ideas in favor of what you think is right or trending will leave room for your employees to seek better opportunities. 

Thinking about the next steps? (You should!) Assembly has creative solutions to help with employee engagement and recognition

Take the first step towards making your employees happier; book a demo today. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do and for FREE! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at support@joinassembly.com.

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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