Successful Companies Do These Things

Successful Companies Do These Things

Recently I shared with you the five common hiring and retention challenges that companies face and how to take the time to identify them.

Once you’ve paused and evaluated what your challenge(s) may be, it’s time to take action. 

Below are the five ways successful companies overcome their challenges.

Changing Your Mindset

If something isn’t working, find out why. And to do so, you will have to change your mindset. Survey your employees, ask them why, don’t take feedback personally, don’t make assumptions, and shift your mindset to opportunities to improve instead of defensive excuses. You don’t know what you don’t know, and pretending you do will only make the situation worse.

Stop Comparing

Your company is unique, just like each employee. Stay focused on your challenges, not those of other companies (no matter how similar you may feel to them). Their solutions and opportunities may not work for you. Stay focused on your company’s needs.

Preparation is Key

Employees catch on if they sense you’re “winging it” or not holding people accountable. Make a plan, make it happen, and stop the repeated attempts to pile more initiatives onto your employees without intention, purpose, or a plan. 


Think of it as a crew on a boat. Every leader in your organization needs to be on board and all in. Everyone has different responsibilities (sails, navigation, maintenance, etc.), but everyone needs to be on the same page regarding problem-solving with the boat as a whole.

Accept What You Can’t Control & Focus on What You Can

Understand what you can and can’t control and communicate that effectively to your employees. You can choose whether to be a victim of circumstance or proactive.

Here’s an example of what I mean by this:

As mandatory vaccinations were being announced, one company I worked with chose to be proactive while others waited for directives. They sent an email to all employees sharing their appreciation for their hard work and about the very real possibility of mandatory vaccinations. While many of their employees had been vaccinated, they didn’t shame or reprimand those who had not. Instead, they supported them through a nurse visit to answer questions and make an informed decision. While they wanted to retain everyone, they also respectfully acknowledged there could be reasons they did not want to be vaccinated.

In conclusion, they could not control the possibility of mandatory vaccinations, but they could control the communication and how they treated their employees to show everyone their value and appreciation.

So, which one of these five areas do you get to start working on today to strengthen your hiring and retention practices?