Ways To Attracting and Retaining The Right Talent

by Srikant Chellappa Sep 6,2022

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

HR professionals often lose their best talents to competitors and clients. If you’re in charge of hiring for your company, it’s important to be able to identify and hire the right people to fit into your unique company culture. This will be helpful to your company while keeping costs down and morale high. Here are some tips to ensure you’re attracting and retaining the right talent for your company. 

Every company wants the best talents and the right people to help achieve the company’s goals. It takes time and money to attract and retain those employees, but it’s crucial to do so if you want to have your best chance at success. Implement these tips and you will succeed in attracting and retaining A-team members. 

Hiring the right talent for your organization can be one of the most important things you do as an HR professional. But what does it mean to have the right talent? And how do you go about attracting that kind of talent to your company? That’s what this article will explain, as well as offer suggestions on how to retain them once they’ve joined your team.

Also Read: How To Retain Your Top Talent?


Attracting and retaining the right employees isn’t easy. It takes careful planning, strong leadership, and thoughtful execution to ensure that you bring in new talent that fits your company culture and leaves behind talent that doesn’t, all while keeping productivity up and absenteeism down. 

The first step to attracting and retaining the right employees is recruitment. This process begins with identifying the vacancy, writing a job description, advertising the role, screening applications, conducting interviews, and making a job offer. 

Engagement: Next, it’s important to understand what motivates people to work hard. Factors like an attractive compensation package, opportunities for growth and development, or good work-life balance can be effective in motivating workers. 

Leadership: Once you have successfully recruited the best employees and they are engaged at your company, it’s time to focus on leadership by developing leaders who will build teams that perform well while creating a positive culture.

Learning & Development: An organization must constantly nurture its workforce by providing learning opportunities that keep up with new developments in technology or any other change in business needs.


At any given time, most employers want to find new and better ways to attract and retain the right employees. But with an increasingly tight labor market and the ever-changing landscape of human resources, how can human resources personnel provide their companies with an effective plan? 

The interview process is critical for attracting and retaining the right employees. By taking the time to interview each candidate, you can get a better sense of their qualifications, work ethic, and personality. Additionally, be sure to ask each candidate about their career goals and aspirations. This helps in hiring the right talents. 

Hence, the second step is the interview process. This is where you will get to know the candidate’s qualifications, work history, and personality. Identify if the candidate is a good fit for your company by asking the relevant questions. Also, be sure to take note of red flags.

Make Them Feel At Home

Now that your new employee is all settled in, it’s time to focus on retention. Part of retaining top talent is making sure they feel like they’re part of the team and contributing to the company’s success. Here are a few post-onboarding activities you can do to help with this:

  1. Schedule regular check-ins – Check in with your new hire periodically to see how they’re doing and if they have any questions or concerns.
  2. Encourage socialization – Plan company-wide social events or outings that will help everyone get to know each other better.
  3. Implement a mentorship program – Connect new hires with more experienced employees who can help them acclimate to their new role and provide guidance when needed. Creating a comfortable work environment is one of the most important things you can do to attract and retain employees. Think about what your office space says about your company culture. Is it welcoming? Is it clean and organized? Does it reflect the company’s values? If not, make some changes. 
  4. Offer Competitive Compensation: It’s no secret that money is a major factor in attracting and retaining employees. In order to attract top talent, you need to offer competitive compensation packages. This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank, but you do need to be competitive. 
  5. Encourage Professional Development: Investing in your employees’ professional development is another great way to attract and retain top talent.

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Set Up Employee Onboarding

Onboarding is the process of integrating a new employee into the company culture, values, and expectations. It’s important to set up a successful onboarding program to help new hires feel comfortable and part of the team from day one. Here are five steps to setting up an employee onboarding program:

  1. Define what you want to achieve with your onboarding program
  2. Select who will be responsible for running the program
  3. Create or purchase materials that will be used during onboarding
  4. Schedule a meeting with each new hire’s manager to go over expectations and answer any questions they may have
  5. Have the new hire complete any necessary paperwork on their first day
Also Read: Why OKRs Are Crucial When Onboarding New Employees

Have an Open Communication With Employees

One of the most important parts of keeping employees engaged is giving them access to appropriate communication about employee issues. When they have an issue, they want to know that their voice has been heard. In turn, when you give them direct access to your communication channels, it will make them feel valued as an employee. 

There are a few different ways that employers can do this with their employees. Some companies like Buffer allow employees to email or text whenever they need something. If you’re working on a more project-based team, Slack is another great way for employers and employees to communicate with each other throughout the day. 

And if there’s ever any confusion about what’s expected from one another, it makes it easy for everyone involved in a project to see what tasks need to be completed next and by whom. But no matter which tool you choose for communicating with your team members, make sure everyone feels like they’re being heard by making yourself available at all times.

Invest In Your Employees’ Success

To attract top talent, you need to offer competitive salaries and benefits, but that’s not enough. A happy worker is a productive worker. That’s why it’s essential for employers to nurture their employees’ professional development through training programs, tuition reimbursement, or internships at other companies. 

Successful business owners will spend time with new hires not only on day one but also periodically throughout their employment. It may seem like a lot of work upfront, but in return, you get a motivated employee who feels invested in your company’s success. Hiring well-rounded people means higher retention rates and happier customers. 

Customers say they are more likely to do business with an organization if they believe its workforce is treated fairly. We all know that great companies start with great employees, so what are you waiting for? Do whatever it takes to recruit and retain them! They’re worth every penny! In today’s fast-paced world, we have forgotten how essential teamwork really is in making things happen.

Network With Key People

A great way to get started on your networking is by attending local networking events for potential employees run by organizations such as your local Chamber of Commerce. Get out there, meet people, listen, and ask questions. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can find people looking for work or looking to work with someone like you. 

Networking isn’t just about getting jobs—it’s also about building relationships. These contacts may lead to future opportunities, whether they’re hiring now or not. And remember: You never know who knows whom! Keep your eyes open and stay connected so that when an opportunity arises, you’re in a position to take advantage of it. It will pay off in time (and maybe even money).

Create Great Working Environment

Your employees will be working with your customers day in and day out, so it’s essential that they enjoy their work environment. If they feel like they are a part of a team, are treated well by management, know what is expected of them at all times, and have room to grow within your organization, you won’t have to worry about high turnover rates or underperformance.

A happy employee is an effective employee, who makes sure that client satisfaction remains high. You can also use their sense of pride in your brand as leverage when it comes time to ask for new ideas or discuss potential changes to product lines or services. Don’t micromanage: Micromanaging isn’t just ineffective; it actually causes more problems than it solves. 

Instead of focusing on details, create clear expectations and let your employees handle things on their own. This way, if something goes wrong (and things always go wrong), you’ll know exactly where to look for answers instead of second-guessing yourself every step of the way.

Provide Career Development Opportunities For Employees

Try creating job shadowing or mentoring programs to help increase employee retention rates. This will give your employees a chance to learn how different areas of your company operate, which can be particularly useful if they are interested in changing their career path in some way. They’ll also feel more connected to your organization and likely be more invested in helping it succeed.

Just make sure you keep an eye on privacy laws so you don’t run afoul of them! It may also be helpful to develop educational opportunities within your company by providing access to workshops, seminars, and other resources that can boost professional development. These options will not only make your workers better at what they do but may lead them down new paths entirely as well.

You should also encourage your employees to further their education through things like night classes, online courses, and certification programs. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement benefits for these activities—which means you could potentially save money while improving your staff’s skillset! Another option is to encourage team members to attend conferences and events relevant to their industry. Not only does this allow them to network with peers who might become valuable contacts but they can often pick up tips from speakers that can help improve performance both personally and professionally.

Hold Regular Staff Meetings

Holding regular meetings not only makes your company seem professional but also allows you to get to know your team on a personal level. With everyone in one room, ask everyone to share any issues or problems they’re having at work. Be open about possible solutions for those problems and discuss how you can improve together as a team.

Employees are more likely to work for you when their voices are heard. Holding these meetings regularly is also vital so that no one in your team feels overlooked; even staffs who aren’t doing anything wrong deserve attention from their boss every once in a while! 

Post-onboarding Activities

Now that your new hire is a part of your team, it’s important to keep them engaged and excited about their work. Here are a few post-onboarding activities you can do to help with this:

  1. Have a buddy system in place so they always have someone to ask questions to
  2. Set up regular check-ins with their manager to ensure they’re on track
  3. Encourage participation in company events and socials
  4. Help them connect with other employees by introducing them around the office
  5. Make sure they have all the resources they need to be successful in their role. Provide them with necessary information or documents, offer training opportunities, teach them how to use key software programs if applicable, etc. 
  6. Assign a mentor who will give guidance and answer any questions they may have as well as celebrate their successes with them
  7. Provide an employee handbook

Ensure Satisfaction

The goal of any business is to make a profit, but in order to do that, you need happy and satisfied employees. The work environment plays a major role in ensuring the satisfaction of employees. Here are a few things you can do to ensure satisfaction among your employees:

1) Offer competitive salaries and benefits – This is one of the most important things you can do to attract and retain employees. Employees are satisfied with their job when they feel like they are being paid fairly.

2) Promote a healthy work/life balance – Don’t expect your employees to work 24/7.

Also Read: Employee Retention Strategy – How To Retain Top Talent?

Key Takeaways

Companies are focusing on expanding their presence globally and attracting top talents. However, recruiters often find it difficult to come up with new ways to manage their strategies and employees. The different ways to attract and retain the right talents discussed in this article will help recruiters in doing the same. 

Continuous employee engagement and holistic wellness are quickly becoming strategic priorities for organizations. The secret to business success is having happy, productive, and healthy employees working in that environment. Such a workforce can be developed by businesses by staying true to them. 

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Srikant Chellappa
CEO & Co-Founder of Engagedly

Srikant Chellappa is the Co-Founder and CEO at Engagedly and is a passionate entrepreneur and people leader. He is an author, producer/director of 6 feature films, a music album with his band Manchester Underground, and is the host of The People Strategy Leaders Podcast. He is currently working on his next book, Ikigai at the Workplace, which is slated for release in the fall of 2024.

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