Open Door or Revolving Door…the choice is yours

Early in my HR career I worked for a company President who would expect an explanation if you had your door closed….and it better be a good one.  The expectation was that unless it was something highly confidential we were expected to have our door...

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Hire Good People and Leave them Alone!

As an employee retention speaker, I am often asked what I feel is one of the keys to retention.  My response…hire good people and leave them alone.  All too often we hire good people and we micromanage them to death.  They become demoralized, disengaged and...

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Lunch with Senior Management

Often times as managers we don’t think it is a big deal to have lunch with senior management.  After all, we see them regularly and interact with them in meetings or in the hallway.  But for someone that is an hourly employee who rarely interacts...

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Imagine Life without Email

Imagine life without e mail.  Well, let’s not go overboard.  Just imagine life without ONE DAY of e mail.  I know an organization that has gone to an “email free Wednesday.”  Employees are not allowed to send internal e mails on Wednesdays.  Needless to say,...

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Expose Yourself

Those of you who know me as an employee retention speaker know that I’m a huge proponent of using psychological assessments when developing employee retention strategies for your company.  These assessments provide incredible insight into the candidate that you are looking to hire.  That point...

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A Card a Day Keeps Employee Turnover Away

When working with groups as an employee retention trainer, I am constantly advocating the use of cards to thank employees and recognize their accomplishments.  I am a card guy.  I love getting cards.  I love writing cards.  They make me feel good and I like...

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Thank you …is it so difficult to say?

  I recently worked with an organization to develop a list of positive behaviors that it expects from all of its people.  25 years ago someone would have asked me if we were crazy doing an exercise like that.  Times have clearly changed.  The workplace has...

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Fire Up

Recently I watched the movie “The 300” for umpteenth time.  The epic battle when 300 Spartans held off a Persian army of thousands still leaves me in awe. Ultimately they lost….but in doing so inspired Sparta to mount an army that defeated the Persians.  What...

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Fear…an Employee Retention Nightmare

In the past several weeks, managers I work with have told me that people in their organizations are still fearful despite the fact they have seen an improvement in business in the last few years.   So what is driving this fear? Fear results primarily from three...

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