Friday, February 28, 2014

Leading to retention

Maintaining a productive work environment is certainly important. You cannot be an effective leader or manager if your team is not doing its job. But it's equally important to maintain your staff, to keep them engaged and energized, for your team to do its best. And when leaders fail to do that, their staff leave them. There's an old saying that people don't quit jobs, they quit managers. Don't let this happen to you.

Along those lines, Ragan.com posted a "top 10" list of reasons top talent leave organizations for greener fields. To be more positive, I've changed the list into a set of ten do's that you should follow to ensure your best people stay with you:

  1. Use coaching and mentoring for new team members to make on-boarding more engaging.
  2. Know what is working and what to change; try using a SWOT exercise to see how to improve.
  3. Develop an employee retention strategy; who are the key players you can't lose?
  4. Exercise delegation, including appropriate ownership of tasks your staff take on.
  5. Keep your people informed.
  6. Recognize the importance of play, even at the office.
  7. Take time to recognize outstanding performance and contributions.
  8. Review your policies to ensure outdated rules aren't getting in the way.
  9. Seek ways your staff can step up their game.
  10. Treat everyone fairly.

After reading this list, reflect on your leadership style and your office environment, and find ways to change your approach. Everyone wants to do what they love, but it's important your team also loves what they do. By tweaking your style, you may improve your retention.

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