How do we determine if our workforce is too lean following layoffs? We had an additional 27 people leave voluntarily. What signs should we look for to indicate the employees are overworked and stressed out?
— Not Enough Cooks, administrative assistant, utilities, Giddings, Texas
We are paying to train and develop our employees, but many are leaving for other opportunities shortly after their training is complete. I know this is not uncommon, but it makes us wonder if we can force them to repay the money we've invested in them. Seeing them leave makes us wonder if training really is a retention tool. What should we do?
—Doubts About Training, assistant manager, human resources, construction, New Delhi, India
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