Sit down…shut up…and do your job!

For many bosses that seems to be the philosophy.  Even though the organization my state in their values statement that they value employee input, immediate supervisors often send the message that their people need to “sit down…shut up…and do your job.”  The supervisor is either...

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Money isn’t everything…but

As a “headhunter” a client recently called to have me conduct a search for them.  They had lost an employee because he had gotten a significant increase in pay to take another job and quit.  The employee retention expert and employee retention trainer in me...

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Pick my Brain…Please

When I run workshops and employee retention training as an employee retention speaker and employee retention trainer, I often hear of some great ideas to demonstrate appreciation, how to be more visible, etc.  I love ideas because they enable me to pass them along to...

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Defense or Fear…it doesn’t matter

During a recent search I conducted for a client as a “headhunter” the candidate we found had posted their resume on a job board four years ago and is was still up when we contacted them recently.  My curiosity as an employee retention expert and...

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A Penny for your Praise

When conducting a workshop as an employee retention speaker recently, one participant came up with one of the most novel ideas I have heard in ages.  They would carry ten pennies in their left pocket and every time they praised someone, they would take one...

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Do you REALLY know your staff?

When conducting employee retention training, I always ask participants if they REALLY know their staff.  At first, most participants will say “yes.”  However, after further questioning, they don’t know the simple things that are critical to developing a bond with their employees.   How many kids...

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Using Metrics when Recruiting

As an employee retention expert and employee retention trainer, I have had some discussions with HR people who have hiring metrics as a way to measure their performance.  The discussion has been interesting to say the least.  Metrics are useful but as I speak with...

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Sharing a Meal with a Candidate

To eat or not to eat, that is the question.  As an employee retention speaker and employee retention trainer, in one of my “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P….and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention” workshops, one of the participants felt that having a meal with the...

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