etaining good employees is just a startin creating a productive working envi-ronment. High employee turnover costsorganizations time and productivity.Researchers find that high rates of turnover could be lowered throughchanges in workplace policies. The cost of employee turnover for businesses is high,irrespective of the level of wages paid tothe departing or incoming employees.Organizations usually pay approxi-mately one-fifth of an employee’s salary toreplace that employee. As such, I created alist of things that leaders should avoid asthese hurt organizations.This list applies to all and doesn’texclude religious leaders, political leaders,school leaders, business leaders, and otherleaders. Try these tactics to retain youremployees.1. Do not make your employees feelguilty for taking a vacation. People arehuman beings and need time off to takecare of family issues.2. The world knows that you are extreme-ly busy. When someone asks you a ques-tion, it is wise to stop working and hearhim/her out. Multi-tasking can be mistak-en to the employee as if their question notbeing relevant.3. Your employees should have someknowledge of what is happening withinthe organization. Do not let employeesdrift through their days with no idea of theorganization’s strategies priorities.4. We all have to work or deal with peoplethat we don’t care for. Do not ignore peo-ple that you dislike.5. We know who the boss is so there is noneed to remind us, Thanks.6. This is sad and unfortunately a repeatoffender. Taking credit for the work of oth-ers should be a no, no.7. Everything is not a crisis. This is simi-lar to the story titled, “The boy CriedWolf.” In case you missed this story as achild, please find it here. http://www.stor-yarts.org/library/aesops/stories/boy.html8. Do not manage by fear and intimida-tion. This is not a good leadership quality.9. One of the keys to good communicationis listening. Talking too much at the begin-ning of each meeting and not listen care-fully does not qualify as good communica-tion skills.10. Conducting long and unscheduledmeetings is not productive for the organi-zation.11. This one gets me but people in leader-ship roles still do it. You can’t find thembecause they are out of the country onwhat they call a business trip. Expect nobusiness negotiation deal was closed.12. Want employee retention? Do notmicro-manage.13. Family life is important to youremployees so please show some concern.14. Yes we all have favorites but going tolunch, or flying out of the country with thecoworkers, and sharing perks with certainindividuals, can create an unhealthy workenvironment.15. Not acknowledging that you need tohire more key personnel to develop yourteam since your organization grew. WellMr. Leader, be prepared to pay the funeralexpense.
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Tactics to Retain Your Employees
• 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.