How to encourage employees to want to stay

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Employee turnover stinks, especially when you lose good people. So give your employees good reasons to stick around, say David K. Williams and Mary Michelle Scott in “Five Ways to Retail Employees Forever.” 

Here are three things they suggest an employer do to earn their employees’ commitment:

  • Give them responsibility. This will show your employees you trust them. Encourage them to gain new skills. Hire from within wherever possible, and give generous promotions at appropriate times.
  • Show respect. Employees want to know they are appreciated. Make it a priority to display admiration for them on a regular basis.
  • Be generous with time off. Provide sufficient time for sick days, family vacations, new babies, etc. Expect and even demand high-quality performance, but don't assume employees can constantly work at maximum productivity nor pressure them to do so. Allow them the chance to breathe between projects.


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