Some companies have decided their low-wage employees don't have to be disposable. They use such incentives as performance bonuses, child care or educational opportunities to increase loyalty and save on hiring and retention. A financial reward program for hourly retail cashiers and clerks at Eddie Bauer gives workers an additional 6.5 percent of their base pay if store goals are met. In 2003, 95 percent of the chain's stores achieved their monthly sales goals at least once.
Hal Johnson of Heidrick & Struggles says that many companies are just paying lip service to workforce management. He says that if you don’t focus everything you do on growing and keeping the best talent in your business, you will lose the war for talent.