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This employee retention speaker and employee retention author is fascinated when he hears why people come to work.  Aside from money, (unless you are independently wealthy) most people have some very interesting reasons…when asked!  Unfortunately, most employers and most bosses don’t have a clue as to why their people come to work and what they like about their work.  When you ask them, you will be amazed at what you hear from people.

This employee retention trainer often has his clients have their leaders go out and ask people that work for them, “Aside from money, why to you come to work?”  Or, another way to phrase it is, “What do you like about working here?”  Most of the people asking the question are shocked to hear the answer from people that they thought they knew well.  In most cases, they had no clue as to what motivated their people to come to work and do a good job.  For what it’s worth, this employee retention consultant believes that people want to do a good job but their boss or the organization often does things that turn people off to the point that they stop caring about doing a good job…but that’s a topic for another blog.

If you want some insight as to why your people come to work and what motivates them, get out of your office and do something real simple.  Ask!  Get up after you finish reading this, walk out to where your people are working and ask them, “Aside from money, why do you come to work?”  The answers are the key to what you have to do more of or emphasize if you want your people to be more engaged and to improve your employee retention.  And, maybe you’re your productivity and your quality.  Unless your people or your jobs are so incredibly lousy, people stay for various reasons.  Find out those reasons because it’s an important part of retaining your people.  This is a way to collect data without doing some big elaborate survey.  Then, use the data to engage your people and drive employee retention.

This employee retention consultant constantly talks about keeping it simple.  This is a simple way to gather data that you can use to improve your employee retention.  This is actually easy as well.  The only thing you have to do is get up, get out of your office and ask your people, “Why do you come to work?”