In the wake of The Great Resignation, business leaders continue to feel the effects of turnover amongst their staff. While companies may have good intentions, many do not actually know how to increase employee retention. This is a direct effect of not knowing why employees are leaving in the first place.
The good news? HR software equips HR professionals and management with the right data to help reduce turnover. Workforce analytics can identify reasons why employees are leaving their companies. Let’s look at three ways to reduce turnover with HR software.
Track time off and encourage employees to use it
Working as many hours as possible was once a way in which employees felt they could impress their superiors. While that may have been the case for many people, it also led to a decrease in work-life balance. Employers then expected employees to continue putting in overtime hours, which meant less opportunity to take time off.
Time off is more important to people now than ever before. Offering time off, and encouraging employees to take it, is a great way to reduce burnout – a major contributor to turnover. Time and attendance solutions allow employees, and managers, to view their own time off. If an employee is showing signs of burnout, managers can view the employee’s remaining time off, and encourage them to use it.
Offer flexible schedules
Flexible scheduling is what works best for many employees. Instead of working the typical nine-to-five schedules, flexible hours allow employees to create their own schedule based on when they are most productive. While it may seem like employees could work less than eight hours per day with flexible schedules, that is certainly not the case. In fact, 43 percent of respondents said that flexible working hours helped them achieve more productivity.
Manually logging time worked with flexible schedules increases the chance for error. Instead, clocking in and out with time and attendance software provides more accurate data. Supervisors can approve specific locations where employees can clock in/out from, including an employee’s home office. If an employee with a flexible schedule forgets to clock out when running errands, geofencing technology can automatically clock them out as they leave their home.
Employee points tracking
Eliminating burnout for every employee sounds easier said than done, but looking for early signs can help deal with burnout case by case. One sign of burnout is an employee showing up late, or even worse, not showing up at all to work.
When burnout starts causing an employee to not show up to work, it may be too late to try and convince them to stay. Instead, HR software can track points based on employee attendance. Supervisors can customize an automated merit-based system to evaluate employees based on their timeliness and attendance. If a manager recognizes that an employee in their department starts accruing points, then a plan of action can be deployed to help said employee.
Being able to entirely prevent turnover is impossible, but employers can reduce it amongst their staff. Recognizing the early onset of burnout is a vital to reducing employee turnover. HR software can help detect the early signs of burnout before an employee decides to turn in their resignation.