Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Retain Your Best People

Written by - Dr Dorene Lehavi

Many managers and team leaders ask me how to deal with
employees in a way that will maximize their potential,
create loyalty and respect, and cut down on high turnover
and destructive behavior in the workplace. The single most
common reason people stay or leave an organization is based
on the relationship they have with their direct supervisor.
Therefore, the key is to show a keen personal interest in
each person. Recognize everyone's uniqueness and find ways
to allow that uniqueness to be expressed at work.
The following tips can be adapted to your particular situation.
- One-on-one Meetings.
- Build trust; have meetings in your office over lunch or
coffee with each individual.
- Get to know your employee by asking about their career
goals, even if you have to acknowledge that working at their
present job may just be a stepping-stone on the way.
- Ask what opportunities for growth they might like in
their job.
- Ask what part of their present job they enjoy the most.
Find ways to give them more of those tasks.
- Ask if there is any part of their job they don't like.
If possible, relieve them of the particular task. If not,
help them find ways to make it more pleasant. Break it down
time-wise. Build in rewards.
- Always recognize jobs well done; give bonuses, e.g.
tickets to movies or other events, recognize the employee of
the month, rewards for creative ideas, etc.
- Where possible allow the employee to learn a new area
of interest. Encourage that interest by sending them to a
class, etc.
- Set up a mentoring system.

If each individual employee feels appreciated they will more
likely remain motivated to stay in an organization and
consistently provide quality work that is aligned with the
company's goals.

About the Author
Dr. Dorene Lehavi, Ph.D. is principal of Next Level Business
and Professional Coaching. She coaches Professionals and
Business Partners. Contact Dr.
Lehavi at

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