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Employee Retention

Employee Retention

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Employee retention
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Employee retention
These were the questions posed to Business owners in a workshop at an AnnualConference at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort earlier this year. Thanks to their contributions, this article became possible as an employee retention and employeemotivation learning tool for you.Teams were created to brainstorm answers to each of these questions. It wasn't long before everyone started to see a common element in all three areas.The common element was people and how management relates to employee retention andemployee motivation, no matter what area they worked in.Everyone agreed that it is the people, and their attitudes that make the difference. Finally,we concluded that it is you, the management team that has to first make the difference inemployee retention and employee motivation. Therefore, let's look inside.You can't have something on the outside if you don't first have it on the inside. In other words you cannot attract good employees if you don't first have the right attitude towardsyour existing employees, provide a good working atmosphere, tools and growthopportunities.So take a close look at your employee retention and employee motivation strategies, sincethey are both under your direct management influence.Here are some of the team's top answers on employee retention and employee motivation:Employee RetentionKeep your promisesBuild employees self-esteemGood access to managementTraining and Cross TrainingStaff events / Team buildingReact on employee suggestionsRegular staff meetings, partiesEveryone is equal to each other Employee motivationOngoing staff trainingKeep employees informed of statusFrequent /consistent rewards and recognition for performance
Set goals, review, evaluate, feedback Lead by exampleMentoring programsBe sensitive to personal issuesWhen you take a close look at these two areas, you can see a lot of overlap. What you doto increase employee motivation also applies to employee retention and vice versa.Some of the main areas of employee retention and employee motivation that arecommonly overlooked are orientation training, the establishment of team and individualgoals, having ongoing reviews and providing constructive feedback. Without theseelements the employee is wandering around aimlessly, and doesn't get any feedback ontheir performance. How can you expect the employee to meet or exceed your expectations if they don't know what they are or how they are doing in relation to your expectations?In a previous article that I wrote, I pointed out what motivated employees the most andhow employee retention and loyalty faired out based on the results of National researchstudy. The three top elements were:1. Full appreciation of work done2. Feeling of being in on things3. Help on personal problemsFull appreciation of work done is recognition. Recognition is positive reinforcement.Positive reinforcement of actions gets those actions repeated. Recognition and praisereinforces our beliefs about ourselves, and helps make us think we are better than we mayhave thought we were.Positive reinforcement is what builds our self-esteem. Our self-esteem is the way we seeand feel about ourselves either internally, through our own beliefs, or externally throughwhat we accept as the beliefs of others. If we feel good about ourselves and we believeothers feel good about us, we perform better than we would when we see the oppositeside of the coin.People perform in a manner that is consistent with how they see themselves conceptually.So, the key is to help people build their self-esteem. This is an important employeeretention and employee motivation discipline.You cannot motivate another person to do anything. We all know we could onlyaccomplish so much on our own and that everyone is a product of their environment. Youhave the opportunity to create the environment.You can only provide the means and the atmosphere in which others motivatethemselves. You are the leader and you must set the example by demonstratingappropriate behaviors. Take the time to define the appropriate behaviors you want to see

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