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After presenting an all-day seminar on employee motivators and demotivators, an attendee came up to me and said that my presentation had convinced him to find a different company to work for. He was a trainer for a company that had a very strict policy on at will employment. He said that the HR Manager was insistent that he make sure that every new employee was reminded during orientation that they were employed at will. They were told that if they didn't meet certain standards during the first 30 days, they would be terminated. I asked him what the employee turnover rate was there. He replied, "130%."
When we continually remind employees that they are employed at will, we are reinforcing in their minds that we consider them to be as valuable and as disposable as a used diaper.
Yet we have the nerve to tell them we expect and demand some degree of loyalty? Some reciprocity might be in order here.
Stop managing scared and start managing smart!