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Keepers

You know Bill, that guy is always smiling. He loves his job. He loves his boss. He loves his territory. He loves his wife. What a great life. He is always has time for his children. He is always at work on time. He helps out everywhere. He takes on situations, challenges the situation which then becomes an opportunity. He performs at a higher level. He is a go getter. He looks out for everyone.

He is a KEEPER!!
 
Have you ever heard someone say he or she is a keeper? I'll bet you have and wouldn't you like to have them working for you. Maybe you have had a few keepers, but you could not keep them. Why not? 82% of employers say they should have and could have done more to retain these key people. Why KEEPERS? 

    1. Their energy is contagious 
    2. Their drive is not monetary 
    3. Their loyalty is unquestionable 
    4. Their service is immense

These KEEPERS are easily recognizable. They glow!! You should be paying them 20% more than your competitors. I just saw you mouth open and you in the back of the room, sticking your tongue out let me finish. This 20% does not have to be cash. Is that all you think about? I just said 20% more. I did not say more of what. Keep reading.
 
Let's Define More:

Education. This shows that you care about them becoming better. We all want to be better. In the words of Jerry McGuire, "Help me Help you!"

Fair Goals. Set goals together. Help me set an attainable goal that will challenge me but will also be in reach.

Ear Time. Give me "you gotta minute" time. I want to give you my opinion or idea. If I have a good idea, take action on it. I want to contribute.

Support. Give me structured support systems that will help me reach my goals and unlock my potential.

Rope. Trust me to run with a couple of different things that might be just out of the box. I will not embarrass you.

Recognition. Tell me what you think of my actions. Sincere thanks for a job or action well done goes a super long way.

Career Opportunities. Mentor me down a career path. I do not want a job, I want a career. Guide me along that path.

You can add these together to come up with 20% more. If you give you employees 20% more of what they can't find anywhere else, why would they ever leave?

P.S. Cash is also good.  Especially if they have earned it!

Comment balloon 0 commentsDave Park • October 15 2008 09:12AM
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