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7 Steps to Keep Your Best Employees

By Tim Rutledge

Imagine two doors in your organization. One is labelled ‘Entrance’; this is where recruiting happens. This is where you bring the right people into your organization.

Most companies direct lots of resources at managing the ‘Entrance’ door. Behind this door are all the activities related to finding and onboarding the very best candidates for your organization.

The other door is labelled ‘Exit’. Most companies devote almost no management attention to the factors that send people to the ‘Exit’ door.

How do you keep talent from leaving, or from disengaging but staying? How do you arrange things so that talent doesn’t think that the grass might be greener somewhere else?

There are two kinds of workplace engagement. Macro-engagement is what organizations can do, by way of policies and practices, to create engaging employment experiences. Micro-engagement is what individual managers can do, whether the organization is being helpful or not.

Here are the elements of employee engagement. They each have macro and micro aspects.

These are the elements that make the “Exit’ door look unattractive. All the skills in the world marshalled at the ‘Entrance’ door will be in vain if the ‘Exit’ door is wide open and no one is guarding it.


Tim Rutledge, Ph. D. is President of Mattanie Consulting.

Here is his contact information.

(416) 802-9985
www.gettingengaged.ca
tim@gettingengaged.ca

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