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How Do We Win the War for Hiring Nurses?

September 30, 2015

How do we win the war for hiring nurses? And is there a secret to keeping them for extended periods after we hire them?

—Battle-weary talent coordinator, health care, Fort Worth, Texas

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What Are Best Practices to Assess HR’s Performance?

March 17, 2015

We want to make an end­-to­-end assessment of HR’s performance during the first year new employees are on the job. Our aim is to look at what we could have done differently to train, engage and retain. Are other organizations doing this? Any best practices? 

—No Window on Our World, HR generalist, architectural/engineering, Miami

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What Is the Next Step for Retention?

February 9, 2015

What ought to be our next probable step for retention as employees reach the maximum salary on our pay scale? Would advancing them into the next job grade be considered a promotion? How can we ensure that our pay reflects going rates but also satisfies our employees?

Unhappy and Over Budget, vice president of compensation, manufacturing, Detroit

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How Do We Justify Retention Efforts?

August 29, 2014

How do we craft a compelling argument to justify the need to retain employees? Our agency is short of staff, yet the unit is saddled with the responsibility of keeping people and property safe by enforcing traffic rules and regulations. We are concerned about the impact of not having adequate staff and want to convince higher-ups to ensure we have the staff we need.

— Critical Need, project specialist, government, Nigeria

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How Do We Measure Turnover?

August 18, 2014

Our university is trying to determine the best way to calculate turnover. Is there an industry standard for how turnover is calculated in higher education?

More precisely, we aren't clear whether to base it on total employee count, number of full-time equivalents, and whether adjunct/non-tenure-track faculty should be included in the turnover ratio. We would love to know how other universities are calculating turnover ratios.

— Numbers Game, budget and finance, government, Colorado

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