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Create a desirable workplace

Attract great staff and promote loyalty.

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  • Get tips to attract great staff
  • Understand how to create staff loyalty
  • Use templates to implement your strategies

Find the right people and pay them appropriately

Getting the selection process right can help you set the standard when looking for managers and staff with the right skill set and cultural fit. Be clear about the pay, the hours, the holidays and what kind of remote working arrangements are available. When you get it right team productivity is usually high and your reputation as a good employer is spread by word of mouth.

Perks for employees

Perks are generally a good method of tempting new employees and retaining workers as they are not related to productivity and include:

  • extra leave
  • Christmas and birthday gifts
  • work-life balance benefits such as flexible working hours
  • subsidised staff canteens and free tea/coffee
  • cinema tickets, access to gyms or sporting facilities
  • extra training beyond skills needed for the job.

There may be tax implications so check with your accountant.  Use our HR manual template to create policies around perks that work for your business.

HR manual template (DOCX 234.96 KB)DOCX icon

Provide a quality environment, resources and equipment

People need a good, safe, quality environment and the right tools and equipment to do their job properly. This includes providing them with the right furniture, computer hardware or software, communications technology and appropriate access to information or people.

Too often these things are considered only in response to a problem, a complaint or after someone leaves, instead of proactively.

Work-life balance

Work-life balance is about adjusting working patterns to allow employees to combine work with their other responsibilities. This includes options such as working part-time, flexitime, job sharing and working from home.

Self-rostering allows employees to choose which shifts to work and unpaid career breaks and paid sabbatical leave help retain valued staff and reward those with long service.

Allowing your employees extra days off work too, whether paid or unpaid, can improve their work-life balance.

A good work-life balance puts employees more in control of their working life, which reduces stress while increasing productivity and reducing unscheduled days off. It also reduces staff turnover.

Recruitment is costly and not just in a financial sense. Staff retention improves morale, staff loyalty and commitment.

See how to set up flexible work arrangements and use our templates to ensure your business stays on track.

Workforce action plan (DOCX 29.08 KB)DOCX icon 

Cashflow forecasting template (XLSX 78.26 KB)XLSX icon 

Share options for your employees

Share options give employees a real stake in the business and help motivate them to improve its performance.

As employees normally have to remain with the business to get this benefit, share schemes encourage loyalty and can help you retain valued staff. They act as an incentive or reward and may also help recruitment.

Setting them up takes specialist advice and they have tax implications too, so speak to your accountant.