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Top Reasons Employees Leave and How to Prevent It

People can get so anxious about spending money to adequately train new resources, when the risk of them hopping ship is always lurking overhead. But if you offer an attractive work experience, should that threat really be so large? In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco discusses findings from a report of 2,500 American CIOs about employee turnover. Don’t Say Goodbye Six top causes of employee turnover were identified. In order, these include limited opportunities …

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3 Quick Tips for Developing IT Talent at Different Levels

Probably none of your employees are thinking to themselves, “Yep, this is it. This is exactly as much skill as I ever want to develop.” And if they are thinking that way, you made a mistake hiring them. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, CIO Paul Brady offers some tips for developing everyone else. He discusses succinctly how to develop talent of entry-level recruits, existing staff, and technology managers. Good Pushing and Shoving Entry-level …

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Accountability Can Have Positive Results

“Accountability” has some oppressive overtones to it, which is too bad considering it should just be a natural part of business. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management offers some pointers for how accountability is a good thing. For instance, when everyone embraces accountability, it inspires more employee participation. It generates higher employee morale that they are taking real ownership of their work. The trick with accountability is to broach the subject of it with these …

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5 Steps to Hold People Accountable

When employees do not live up to their obligations to you, they both disappoint you and damage the business. Raw feelings result. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Peter Bregman shares five tips for introducing more clarity, which in turn heightens accountability. First, there must be clear expectations in place about the outcomes you want to see and how success will be measured. These details do not have to be exclusively dictated by you; …

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Autonomy Makes for Happier Employees

Autonomy is the freedom to accomplish great work on one’s own terms. In an article for Quartz, Belle Beth Cooper shares statistics on why autonomy is so important for employee engagement. For instance, assorted studies have shown that increased autonomy leads to lower turnover among workers in nursing homes, and that it alleviates negative emotions in people working customer service. More surprisingly, a study of 2,000 people found that they were almost two and a …

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The Surprising Truth about Workplace Happiness

In an article for Inc., Geoffrey James uses three years of data from a smartphone app called Track Your Happiness, which allows users to report their feelings in real time, to arrive at a curious conclusion. The app data suggests people are most content whenever they are just really concentrated on a particular task, regardless of what the task is. Thus, James finds, “In other words, employees aren’t more productive when they’re happy. They’re happy …

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7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs

Learning and development programs are not only effective ways to better your employees, but they help to keep them engaged and invested in the company. Organizations invest $164.2 billion on these programs, but executives are still struggling to make them worthwhile. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Keith Ferrazzi elaborates on the seven challenges organizations face in the creation of development plans that add value: Inspire managers to coach their employees. Handle the short …

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4 Management Tactics to Maximize Potential of Average Performers

The majority of the workforce is made up of the average performer, or the performer who does not break his or her neck to go above and beyond, but they always get the job done. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett shares some ways to keep these individuals motivated and engaged. There are four tactics that will help to keep the average worker progressing: Establishing defined work duties. Acknowledge and reward superb work. Investigate …

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What to Do If You’re Worried Employees Aren’t Thrilled with You

You try to be the best boss you can be, but you are still worried you might rub some employees the wrong way. Nicole Fallon Taylor discusses what can be done at Business News Daily. The different perspective between a boss and employee can sometimes be to blame, as the two roles often value different things. In many cases though, the boss cannot be sure something is wrong with his or her management style until …

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How to Use Employee Turnover as a Company Health Check

Employee turnover is a difficult metric to analyze properly. It is a common misconception that employee turnover should be minimized at all costs; however, some employee turnover is actually healthy for an organization. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray explores this idea of “healthy regrowth” versus too much turnover. Take a Pulse Most companies use an exit interview to determine why a person is leaving, but these companies often do not exploit their full …

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