Cultivate a Workplace that Retains Talent

In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Dr. John Graham, professor at Duke University’s Faqua School of Business, stated that CFO’s top concern is hiring and retaining qualified workers.

The Center for American Progress found that the cost to a company for the loss of a highly skilled employee is 213% of that employee’s annual salary.

From this, you would imagine that the top priority of companies is to have an employee retention strategy. Many do not.

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Stupid Rules Create a Hostile Workplace

Not all company rules and policies make sense to employees and can be frustrating or ignored.

Can you tell which rules in your company your associates may class as being stupid?

When the rules and policies nurture the needs of employees, there is a sense of alignment and, therefore a sense of belonging.

Stupid or unnecessary demands create a rift between the company and its workforce.

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Your Point of View may be a Barrier to Success

How many times do you tell yourself that you do or don’t do certain things?
Leaders sometimes make statements like: I don’t do small talk, or I can get things done better, faster than anyone here, so I do it.
I have seen this point of view hold managers back from making progress in their careers and with their people.
 
What are the most common statements you make about what you like or don’t like?
I hear statements like: I don’t like networking, or I like texting and email more than face-to-face communication.

When you cling to your beliefs based on your points of view, your belief system rules your behavior.
In the most extreme cases, I have seen a strong point of view lead to disaster for a leader’s career.
I have seen a strong point of view create distance between a manager and associates and customers.
 
What strong points of view do you have about the social aspects of your role?
Could these change?
 
Contact me and we can explore how your points of view could change.
 
 We cling to our own
Point of view
As though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
Like autumn and winter,
They gradually pass away.

-Chuang Tzu

 

Secrets to Being a Calm, Serene Manager

Managers often complain to me about not getting their work done due to extraneous demands on their time. They keep being interrupted, cannot get their work done during the day, so stay late to get things done when it is quiet around the office. All this does is add guilt and a sense of failure.

Self-regulating is difficult when there are many tasks managers find themselves doing or involved in that are unnecessarily stealing their valuable time from them.

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