Retention

Jo Jacobs

Editor's message: XpertHR's research on labour turnover reveals that 12.8% of employees resigned in 2014.

Staff retention relates to an employer’s strategy to manage healthy levels of labour turnover and retain employees. If labour turnover is too high or the most valuable employees are leaving, this can damage organisational performance.

Managing staff retention effectively is central to the health and success of any organisation. Even in sectors that do not experience a high level of staff churn or suffer from acute skills shortages, proactively managing the retention of key employees can make a significant difference to business performance.

Part of any strategy on managing retention will involve measuring labour turnover levels within the organisation. There are a range of calculations that employers can use to measure and benchmark their organisation’s labour turnover rate. To manage staff retention effectively, employers should focus also on analysing the reasons for voluntary staff turnover. XpertHR’s Good practice manual contains information on retaining staff.

Jo Jacobs, HR practice editor

Latest items in Retention

  • Date:
    22 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Fans of the Great British Bake Off are still reeling from the news it will move from the BBC to Channel 4, without presenters Mel, Sue or Mary Berry. We examine how employers should react when there's a risk of key people leaving, and if there is anything they can do to mitigate losing top talent.

  • Take part in our annual labour turnover survey

    Date:
    5 August 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    XpertHR's annual survey of labour turnover gathers data on both total labour turnover and voluntary resignation rates, as well as data on costs.

  • Collecting labour turnover data: new guidance

    Date:
    17 June 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We provide step-by-step guidance on collecting labour turnover data, including how to use the headcount and full-time equivalent measures.

  • How to collect labour turnover data

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on collecting labour turnover data to facilitate effective management of recruitment and retention.

  • ATS Euromaster scoop Talent Management Award

    Date:
    6 May 2016
    Type:
    Case studies

    Faced with a long period of financial instability, Tyre company ATS Euromaster implemented a range of talent management initiatives. It's efforts paid off and it won the Talent Management Award at the Personnel Today Awards 2015.

  • Labour turnover rates: 2015 survey

    Date:
    9 November 2015
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    The latest XpertHR research reveals employers' staff turnover levels for 2014, and provides benchmarking data on occupational voluntary resignation and total turnover rates by sector and industry.

  • Labour turnover rates: 2014 XpertHR survey

    Date:
    21 July 2014
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    The latest XpertHR research on staff turnover reveals employers' attrition levels for 2013, including voluntary resignation and total turnover rates according to organisation size, broad sector and industry.

  • How to design and analyse separation questionnaires

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on how to design and analyse separation questionnaires.

  • Measure the organisation's labour turnover

    Type:
    Tasks

  • Labour turnover rates: 2013 XpertHR survey

    Date:
    16 July 2013
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    The latest XpertHR research reveals employers' staff turnover levels for 2012, and provides benchmarking data on occupational voluntary resignation and total turnover rates by sector and industry.