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  • Writer's pictureJon Orozco

How an Effective DEI Program and Low Attrition Rates are Connected

The most effective way to increase employee retention is to create a positive and inclusive work environment that engages and supports employees. An effective DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) program and low attrition rates are connected because a diverse and inclusive workplace can help reduce employee turnover. When employees feel that they belong and are valued, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to the company. This can lead to higher job satisfaction, lower levels of stress and burnout, and a greater sense of loyalty to the company. As a result, employees are more likely to stay with the company for longer periods, leading to lower attrition rates. In fact, Great Place to Work found that employees that felt this way were "5.4 times more likely to want to stay a long time at their company."


What are some initiatives and practices that you could implement? Try some from my toolkit:

  1. Offer competitive compensation and benefits: Employees are more likely to stay with a company if they feel that they are being fairly compensated and have access to good benefits. Therefore, offer competitive salaries and benefits packages, and review and adjust them regularly to stay up-to-date with market trends.

  2. Provide opportunities for professional development and growth: Employees are more likely to stay with a company if they have career advancement and professional growth opportunities. Therefore, offer training and development programs and opportunities for employees to take on new challenges and responsibilities.

  3. Create a positive and inclusive work culture: Employees are more likely to stay with a company if they feel they belong and are valued. Foster a positive, inclusive work culture that values diversity and promotes collaboration and respect.

  4. Listen to and act on employee feedback: Employees are likelier to stay with a company if they feel that their opinions and concerns are heard and addressed. Therefore, regularly collect and act on employee feedback and ensure that employees know their input is valued.

  5. Support work-life balance: Employees are more likely to stay with a company if they feel they have an excellent work-life balance. Offer flexible work options, such as remote work and flexible scheduling, and encourage employees to take time off when needed.


Overall, increasing employee retention requires creating a positive and inclusive work environment that engages and supports employees by offering competitive compensation and benefits, providing opportunities for professional development, fostering a positive and inclusive culture, listening to and acting on employee feedback, and supporting work-life balance.


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