Employee Retention – Getting the Good Ones to Stay

In the world of work, there is nothing more disheartening than losing a great employee. While you may be able to graciously say “She found a great opportunity” or “I knew I wouldn’t have him long” – the truth is, you wish none of that were true. Having great employees is a big factor in what makes companies of all sizes able to be great. So if you have had the good fortune of hiring one of those “great ones”, how do you ensure that you keep him/her as long as possible? FAIR PAY AND BENEFITS Fair pay is the minimum requirement for keeping good staff. This, of course, is a challenge for a small business. In order to pay a fair hourly amount, you may need to start with very part-time staff, increasing to half time, ¾ time, etc. Keeping a higher caliber staff will probably require that your pay be at least in line with popular, stable retailers in your area. Otherwise, you will lose a good employee to someone who can simply pay him or her more. Offer as many benefits as you can – even to your part-time staff. A “benefit” can be something like a 15% discount

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Care More Than is Wise

I had the good fortune of running substance abuse treatment services when we began to “wage a federal war on drugs.” Although there were some devastating impacts from that “federal war” (i.e., long incarcerations and inequitable incarceration rates), there was some good – finally we began to funnel large sums of money into addiction treatment.

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Learning: Not for the Faint of Heart

I’m having a distressing experience in my professional life these days. When I look around the room, I realize that I am often the oldest person there. Ughh. It seems like not that long ago I was usually the youngest… Time flies.  Truth is, though, I love working with younger folks in the workforce. Their energy and enthusiasm is the stuff a trainer longs to see. Teaching is fun when you are in front of learners.

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