8 tools to increase employee retention & satisfaction

A team member who’s motivated to stay in their role expects more than just a paycheck: 78% of employees think their company owes them more than just compensation.*

And you can give them more by using employee retention software. These tools help you engage your people and make your organization a place where staff feels valued, supported, and listened to.

Because employee retention software varies so much by use case, we’ve identified the best platforms for each purpose. Our picks range from comprehensive employee engagement solutions to team communication software.

Here’s a list of the best tools to increase employee retention and satisfaction.**

*UKG, 2022

**The information below is based on our research in January 2023. All user feedback referenced in the text has been sourced from independent software review platforms such as G2 and Capterra in January 2023.

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Customer rating

Pricing starts at US$8/month per user. Free trial available.



Confetti (Retention)

Custom pricing.

mainly English


Empuls (Retention)

Pricing starts at US$2/ month per user (billed monthly).



Monday (Retention)

Paid plans start at US$10/month per user (billed monthly).



Nectar (Retention)

Pricing starts at US$3/month per user (billed monthly).



Performyard (Retention)

Between US$5-10/month per user (billed annually).

Mainly English


Slack (Retention)

Paid plans start at US$8.75/month per user (billed monthly).



Zoho People
Zoho (Retention)

Prices range from US$1.50-10/month per user.



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Why use employee retention software?

Keeping your staff around for the long haul takes work, but employee retention software can ease your burden.
And whichever engagement model you follow, specialized tools support you in ensuring each of your team members feels valued.

Software solutions can help you engage employees with features like surveys, recognition, and performance tracking. In turn, your staff feels more connected to and appreciated by you and will want to stay with your organization for longer.

Use employee retention software to make it easier to reward your team, foster better communication, collect actionable feedback, and build a workplace where your people are happy to show up every day.

Praise features

360° feedback should be part of a broader culture that normalizes feedback and praise, encouraging teams to be open with each other.

‍Instant feedback and praise

82% of professionals say it’s important for their organization to see them as individuals and not just employees, but only 45% feel their employers do so. Feedback tools can help close this gap by allowing managers to foster better interpersonal relationships with their reports, even outside of the review process.


Is the software intuitive and responsive? If the solution you choose is easy to use, employees will be able to slot reviews into their work schedules more comfortably.

Create a work environment where people want to stay

Leapsome helps you boost employee retention with tools like progress tracking, engagement surveys, and custom rewards.

1. Leapsome

If there’s one tool you need to maximize staff retention, it’s the people enablement and engagement software, Leapsome. Our solution helps you manage all aspects of maintaining a motivated and satisfied team.

Leapsome offers five products:

  • Reviews
  • Surveys
  • Goals
  • Learning
  • Compensation

Each can be used on its own or in any combination with the others, meaning the platform is fully customizable, depending on your team’s needs.

With Leapsome, you can track employee performance and progress, empower their growth and development, run compensation reviews, optimize team meetings, keep everyone aligned on goals, send out engagement surveys, and make feedback and praise key elements of your culture.

The platform also helps with onboarding and ongoing employee training and makes it easy to build scalable promotion processes and reward your people when they excel.

Because so many elements go into retaining staff — from communication to engagement to compensation — it’s important to have a comprehensive tool like Leapsome that can serve as your one-stop shop for employee satisfaction.

Main features

  • Easy-to-use, intuitive user interface (UI)
  • Available in 13 languages
  • Holistic retention tool
  • Highly scalable
  • Excellent customer service
  • Continuous iteration can lead to occasional bugs
  • App not yet available
Trusted By:

“With Leapsome, we’ve seen some amazing improvements. The initiatives we identified from the survey results decreased our turnover by 12,2%, increased our survey participation rate to 82%, and it made people more productive and excited to come to the office.

Listening and transparency is a part of our culture, and Leapsome is a tool that gives our people a voice. The results are visible to the team members, so they can openly discuss with their managers during their retros.”

Natasa Kovacevic

People and Culture Manager
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2. Confetti

Screenshot of the Confetti UI.

It can be hard for employees to feel connected on a fully remote team. Confetti organizes and hosts virtual events that can bring colleagues closer, from diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training to remote coworking sessions.

This tool takes the stress and time out of planning activities that help staff feel supported, involved, and engaged. Experienced coordinators are always available to help you choose and plan events.

Main features

  • Carefully selected event vendors
  • Dedicated coordinators
  • Event briefings and invites
  • Virtual team-building sessions
  • Professional development events
  • Employee onboarding activities
  • Excellent customer service
  • Enjoyable, engaging events
  • User-friendly platform
  • Events aren’t very customizable
  • Some events aren’t a good fit for international teams

3. Empuls

Screenshot of the Empuls UI.

Empuls is a multi-purpose employee engagement platform that supports team communication and feedback. The tool allows you to send out surveys to gauge engagement and satisfaction. On top of that, it has staff rewards, benefits, and perks features.

Plus, it integrates with popular human resource management systems (HRMS), as well as Microsoft Teams and Slack, so you can use your existing tech stack for your employee engagement initiatives.

Main features

  • Staff communication tools
  • Employee engagement surveys
  • Peer recognition
  • Team rewards
  • Employee perks and benefits
  • People analytics
  • Helpful customer support
  • Makes team communication easier
  • Customizable rewards and gifts
  • UI falls short in some areas
  • Rewards options are sometimes limited

4. monday.com

Screenshot of the monday.com UI.

Better organization means less stress for employees, and less stress means higher retention rates. Project management software like monday.com helps you centralize your processes and operations, easing your team’s workload and enabling them to do their best work in an agile environment.

The tool supports leaders and employees in coordinating project management, marketing initiatives, operations, finance requests, creative planning, and even sales.

Just note that monday.com won’t replace a people enablement or engagement platform, so it’s best used alongside other employee retention software.

Main features

  • Wide range of use cases
  • Task management
  • Automated workflows
  • Customizable solutions
  • Ready-made templates
  • Dozens of integrations
  • Distinct access levels for different roles
  • Time-saving automation
  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • Onboarding can be overwhelming
  • Initial setup can be time-consuming
  • Higher price point

5. Nectar

Employees who feel appreciated and rewarded for their hard work are more likely to stick around. Nectar helps you shout people out and recognize them for all they do.

The tool lets you incentivize progress with “Nectar points,” share shoutouts, send out custom rewards, celebrate success and milestones, and create challenges to keep your team engaged.

Main features

  • Personalized shoutouts
  • Access to hundreds of gift cards
  • Customizable rewards
  • Milestone tracking and automation
  • Custom challenges
  • Very user-friendly
  • Helps employees feel connected
  • Compliments company culture
  • Leaderboard view can be discouraging
  • Some issues with integrations

6. PerformYard

PerformYard helps organize all aspects of employee development and performance, from reviews and check-ins to goal management.

It enables team members to review personal goals and keep track of their development while helping leaders manage appraisals and monitor staff progress. And you can turn your goal and review data into useful reports and visualizations to make the most of your performance tracking.

Main features

  • Custom review forms and cycles
  • Progress tracking
  • Results analytics
  • Goal management with progress tracking and performance insights
  • Team recognition
  • Feedback capabilities
  • Great customer service
  • Intuitive design layout
  • Integrates with popular human resource information systems (HRIS)
  • Forms have limited formatting options
  • Limited built-in reporting capabilities
  • Steep learning curve for employees

7. Slack

Screenshot of the Slack UI.

You’re probably already familiar with Slack, but you might not know it can be an important component of your employee retention software toolkit. That’s because better team communication means people feel connected and more motivated to stick around.

Slack lets you create custom channels to house all your internal communications, making remote collaboration easy and enjoyable. And with Huddles, employees can talk face-to-face without having to plan a meeting ahead of time, making it easy for people to engage and connect with each other.

Like monday.com, Slack is a tool that goes hand-in-hand with other retention software, but it shouldn’t replace a dedicated employee engagement tool. Leapsome, for example, offers a convenient Slack integration, so you can make both platforms key parts of your dynamic internal culture.

Main features

  • Channels to centralize conversations
  • Huddles for impromptu virtual meetings
  • Accessibility features
  • Automated workflows
  • Numerous integrations and Slack Apps
  • Interface is easy to use
  • Facilitates both written conversations and audio/video calls
  • Huddles can’t be recorded
  • Can become a distraction if left unchecked

8. Zoho People

Zoho People helps human resources teams manage and maintain their employee database and take care of staff management tasks effectively. So, the platform can both ease your HR workload and engage employees.

This software solution makes it simpler to take care of the everyday tasks that tend to get in the way of smooth business operations, like time off management and payroll. At the same time, it gives your team the feedback, reviews, and rewards they need to perform at their best.

Main features

  • Customized onboarding
  • Employee management
  • Time off management
  • Payroll
  • Case management
  • Performance management
  • HR chatbot
  • UI is user-friendly and easy to navigate
  • Integrates well with other Zoho products
  • Very customizable
  • Some features can be confusing
  • Setup can be a challenge
  • Customer support is sometimes lacking

Why customers love us

5 rating stars

“We've been using Leapsome for over a year, and we love it”

Susie P.

HR manager

AI software (10-100 employees)

5 rating stars

“I love how easy Leapsome is to set up and explore as a manager and user”

Sarah S.

Chief operational officer

B2B agency (10-100 emp.)

5 rating stars

“Leapsome has provided more ways to keep our employees engaged”

Katy S.

Exec. Administrator & Comms. Manager

Research Services (500-1000 emp.)


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