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Quick Retention Tips for a Teetering Company

Don't try to buy retention success.

September 6, 2001
Related Topics: Downsizing, Retention
There's more to a satisfied employee than high pay and flashy perks.
  • Before plotting a retention strategy, a company’s leaders need todevelop a plan for turning the company around, and decide whether they’rewilling to stay and do what it takes to achieve it.
  • Instead of first looking to make cutbacks, identify the employee"talent" essential to making the turnaround plan work.
  • Aggressively "re-recruit" essential talent. Explain their rolein the comeback plan and how they specifically stand to benefit, bothfinancially and in their careers, from the company’s survival.
  • Negotiate individually tailored incentives for employees who stay.
  • Don’t try to buy retention success. Offer a combination of cash andstock compensation, career opportunities, and flexible working arrangements.
  • Try "purchasing agent-style" compensation, in which employeesare rewarded for achieving specific goals crucial to the company’ssuccess.
  • Set up an effective internal communication program to make sure thatemployees get reliable, up-to-date news from executives about the company’sturnaround progress. Take advantage of teleconferencing, intranet Webcasts,and other communications technology.

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