Lora Adrianse

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What questions do you need to start asking to retain your employees?

Retaining Employees: Questions to Start Asking

Times of cost cutting and downsizing has dramatically impacted the way employees look at their careers.
Employees at all levels now know better than ever that job security is no longer something they can count on.
They've been required to think bigger, look at other options and do whatever it takes to prepare themselves for
the future. In essence, they have let go of their corporate commitment and become "free agents" in search of the best opportunity available.

"Retention of talent" has become a key strategy for the largest corporations around the world. Some are looking at things like building new fitness centers. Others have gone deeper and are looking to their leaders to become more competent "retention managers".

Take time now to start talking to your people, really listening to their responses and taking action to change what needs to be changed. Here are a few questions to get you started:

1. What would make your work more meaningful and satisfying?

2. What conditions would cause you to seek employment elsewhere?

3. What is it that keeps you from seeking other employment?

4. What changes need to be made in your work environment?

5. How do you like to be rewarded and acknowledged for a good job?

6. What is your greatest challenge or roadblock?

7. What makes you feel like a valuable contributor?

8. What support, tools/resources, skills or empowerment do you need to be more effective?

9. What strengths or talents do you have that aren't being utilized?

10. What de-motivates you?

11. What else needs to be asked?

Lora Adrianse, as the owner of Essential Connections, is a catalyst for clients who aspire to create dynamic business relationships with their colleagues and customers. She authors a free monthly newsletter, "Relating@Work". Go to her website to subscribe now! www.connections coach.com.

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