In April this year Walter Ortham set a Guinness World Record for the longest career in the same company.
The centenarian started work as a shipping assistant for Brazilian textile company Industrias Renaux S.A on the 17th of January 1938. He’s still there today, meaning Walter has worked for the same employer for over 80 years!
“I don’t do much planning, nor care much about tomorrow,” says Walter, who is now the company’s Sales Director. “All I care about is that tomorrow will be another day in which I will wake up, get up, exercise and go to work. You need to get busy with the present, not the past or the future. Here and now is what counts.”
Walter’s firm deserves (almost) as much credit as the man himself. After all, it must be doing something right to keep a man like Walter happy for so long.
In fact, staff retention is often one of the best indicators of a business’s success and corporate values. The best companies tend to keep the best people. And those with a high turnover are usually falling short in the people management department.
So with that in mind, online CV builder Resume.io decided to do some investigating. Using data on median tenure rates from LinkedIn, Resume.io created several charts showing what businesses and brands struggle to hold onto staff and which ones people don’t ever want to leave.
Banking giant HSBC comes out on top in terms of staff retention. The average HSBC employee dedicates ten years and two months of their professional life to the bank.
But it doesn’t have the number one spot all to itself.
Global skincare brand Neutrogena is another company where staff tend to stay for more than a decade.
Read on to see which other companies know how to keep their staff happy and which ones need to take better care of their people.