It’s Not About the Money

Don’t get me wrong. Pay is important. Most of us are not independently wealthy and don’t work because of altruism. Studies that have been conducted since the beginning of time all bear this out. In most cases money will fall anywhere between #3 and #6...

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Professional Growth plays a role in Employee Retention

Employees generally want to grow.  At least most to at least.  Professional growth can take on many different forms but for most employees it is a must have.  Growth tends to be at the heart of any employee retention strategy. Professional growth is the most important...

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The Garbage Dump

A colleague of mine just went through her performance review. She has had 5 years of stellar reviews with “excellent” in virtually all categories she was rated in. This year she was rated as a solid performer in some categories, “acceptable” in...

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Buzz Words…Enough of Them!

While writing my blog on Saturday morning I found myself using the buzz word “exit” in the piece. It got me thinking about all the buzz words that drive me insane when I hear them. And guess what…it drives your employees insane when...

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The best thing about Praise…It’s FREE

When I was teaching a management class last week at Upper Iowa University my class was talking about praise. It then dawned on me the best thing about praise is that PRAISE IS FREE. It does not cost you a dime, motivates people...

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Fear…A 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 year. So what is driving this fear? Fear results primarily from...

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No Negativity

As I speak to more and more groups about retention, I hear about the issue of negativity in organizations. This is particularly the case as we remain in a “less than robust” economy. Negativity is becoming more and more of an issue as...

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Press On

During a break at class last week, one of my adult students mentioned that he was talking with his dad about the topics we discuss in our Principles of Management class.  He said his dad got SO angry and frustrated when he started to talk...

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People are Like Elephants

In the last week, a candidate I had recruited gave notice to his current employer to take a position with one of my clients. Like most candidates...

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