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Other Retention Strategies

30 October, 2015 - 15:48

According to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” 1 retention strategies that are more unusual might be part of your retention plan. Some strategies from the list might include the following:

  • On-site daycare or daycare assistance
  • Gym memberships or on-site gyms
  • Concierge service to assist in party planning or dog grooming, for example
  • On-site dry cleaning drop-off and pickup
  • Car care, such as oil changes, on-site once a week
  • On-site doggie daycare
  • On-site yoga or other fitness classes
  • “Summer Fridays,” when all employees work half days on Fridays during the summer
  • Various support groups for cancer survivors, weight loss, or support in caring for aging parents
  • Allowance for fertility treatment benefits
  • On-site life coaches
  • Peer-to-peer employee recognition programs
  • Management recognition programs

While some of these options may not work in your organization, we must remember to be creative when our goal is to retain our best employees and reduce turnover in our organizations. The bottom line is to create a plan and make sure the plan is communicated to all employees.

Key Takeaways

  • Once you determine the employee’s level of satisfaction through exit interviews and surveys and understand motivational theories, you can begin to develop specific retention strategies.
  • Of course, salary and benefits are a major component of retention strategies. Consistent pay systems and transparent processes as to how raises occur must be included in a retention plan (and compensation strategy).
  • Training and development meets the higher level needs of the individual. Many companies offer paid tuition programs, reimbursement programs, and in-house training to increase the skills and knowledge of the employee.
  • Performance appraisals provide an avenue for feedback and goal setting. They also allow for employees to be recognized for their contributions.
  • Succession plans allow employees to see how they can continue their career with the organization, and they clearly detail what employees need to do to achieve career growth, without leaving your organization.
  • Flextime and telecommuting options are worth considering as an addition to your retention plan. These types of plans allow the employee flexibility when developing his or her schedule and some control of his or her work. Some companies also offer paid or unpaid sabbaticals after a certain number of years with the company to pursue personal interests.
  • Since one of the reasons people are dissatisfied at their job is because of the relationship with their manager, providing in-house training to all management team members to help them become better communicators and better managers can trickle down to the employee level, creating better relationships and resulting in better retention and less turnover.
  • Reviewing company policies to ensure they are fair can contribute to better retention. For example, how projects are assigned or the process for requesting vacation time can contribute to dissatisfaction if the employee feels the processes are not fair.
  • Review the job design to ensure the employee is experiencing growth within their job. Changing the job through empowerment or job enlargement to help the growth of the employee can create better retention.
  • Other, more unique ways of retaining employees might include offering services to make the employee’s life easier, such as dry cleaning, daycare services, or on-site yoga classes.


  1. Research two different companies you might be interested in working for. When reviewing their list of benefits, which ones are offered that might motivate someone to stay with the organization?