his is a quote written in an article thatI recently read in Forbes Magazine.Although we have heard this statementbefore, somehow it is considered notimportant or it is forgotten by small busi-ness owners, managers in organizationsand people in leadership positions.You cannot look at the bottom linewhich is creating revenue and disregardthe importance of employees’ retention.Running an organization is no easy taskbut being fair to employees should alwaysremain top priority. When employees startto express that they are not happy in theirwork environment it is up to the superiorto assess and address their concerns.I have seen top employees resign fromorganizations. The key stakeholders knewthe resignation was in the pipeline but didnothing before or after the employee leftthe organization. Other employees makenote of this and start reciting these sadwords, “they wouldn't miss me if I wasgone.”When employees start saying thesewords usually productivity decreases.Other words that are expressed are, “Idon't get the support I need to get my jobdone.” As an employer you need to learnthe skills necessary for your employees tofeel appreciated. Of course you can’tplease everyone, but people know whenyou are doing your best to support them.Let us not forget other reasons keyemployees resign.They are for lack of opportunity foradvancement and compensation.If you are not being compensated foryour education and experience, you are outthe door, so why would you expect youremployees to stay.As a boss, help your organizationgrow by giving your employees an oppor-tunity to build a career. A good boss triesto identify his or her employees’ expertiseand allow them to utilize it. Once utilized,allow them to build a career around it atyour organization.How can you identify your employ-ees’ strength? Being the boss, communi-cation needs to be used effectively. Listento your employees and have an open doorpolicy.It is important that you as the superiorcommunicate your expectations withoutletting your employees feel fearful. Lastbut not least, be fair. As John C. Maxwellsaid, leaders must be close enough torelate to others, but far enough ahead tomotivate them.
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urricane Sandy wreaked havoc withtotal cost of damage put at $71 billion.Governor Andrew Cuomo said New Yorkneeds some $32.8 billion to restore damagedhousing, parks and infrastructure and tocover lost revenue and other expenses.Another $9.1 billion will be used to mit-igate potential damage from future severeweather events.The horrific destruction and floodingcaused by Hurricane Sandy continue toimpinge on thousands of residents in NewYork counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, NewYork, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens and thepeople in New Jersey’s counties of Atlantic,Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex,Monmouth, Ocean and Union.While, the State and Cities have beenproviding assistance including federal fund-ing, a significant number of the victims arecrying out for more help.The situation is becoming terrifying, asmost of the victims don’t have adequateinsurance protection for their businesses,homes and personal items.Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office hasestimated that New York City alone had $4.8billion of uninsured private losses, $3.8 bil-lion of insured private losses and $4.5 billionin losses to City agencies.As the victims of Sandy seek to put theirlives back on track, they are expected to facemore challenges and setbacks.The City will also be hard pressed forresources, included an estimated $800 mil-lion needed now to fix damaged roads.Therefore, everybody is being affectedin some ways as a result of Sandy.Natural disaster and other act of Godwill continue to be a way of life for every-body.We cannot stop them or predict their pre-cise occurrence.Therefore, planning and preparing fornatural disasters are among our only viableand long-term solutions.Although there were rooms for improve-ment, the State and City authorities performreasonable well in their preparation andresponse to the hurricane.Governor Cuomo’s formation of threecommissions charged with undertaking acomprehensive review and making specificrecommendations to overhaul and improveNew York State’s emergency preparednessand response capabilities are steps in theright directions.The State should however, considerworking with insurance companies to devel-op and implement affordable insurance pro-grams to mitigate losses.We are not suggesting any further com-pulsory insurance policies or a new ‘naturaldisasters taxes.’An aggressive education and trainingprograms on natural disasters would alsohelp people to better manage and prepare formajor weather incidents.
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• Dr. Neva Helena Alexander (Dr. Neva) is cur-rently a faculty member at Prince Mohammad University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia asa Coordinator for Core Humanities and SocialScience in the College of Arts and Science. Herresearch interest and specialty includes femaleleadership, leadership styles and entrepreneur-ship.
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