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How Do We Prevent Turnover and Burnout?

March 28, 2014

I am an HR generalist at a nonprofit social services agency that deals with domestic violence. Due to the nature of the work, we have always experienced a turnover rate between 30 and 40 percent. Is our turnover rate at or near average benchmarks for this line of work? And knowing we can’t change the stressful nature of the work, how do we keep our best people from burning out?

— Stress is Killing Us, HR/facilities manager, nonprofit, Phoenix, Arizona


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How Do We Encourage Accountability for Development?

February 11, 2014

How do I convince my supervisors why they need to be accountable for employee development? Some of them get it, but others seem to view this as an increased responsibility that belongs to the HR function. What training resources could I use to make the case? 

— Not Persuasive, staff coordinator, health care, Colorado Springs, Colorado


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A Smarter Way to Measure Turnover

October 2, 2013

Do you know if there is any kind of normal attrition or resignation numbers for industries or size of companies? What is considered normal?

—Not Sure When to Worry, automotive, Auburn Hills, Michigan


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Reducing Turnover

September 4, 2013

Our industry -- healthcare -- is booming. We're seeing lots of new hospitals and clinics getting set to open, creating a demand for skilled and experienced employees. That has us a little worried about staff attrition. We expect to lose some people, but what are some practical steps we could implement to get out ahead of this issue?

A Little Nervous, assistant HR manager, health care, Singapore


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