The Never Ending Topic of Retention!
Engaged and Disengaged Employees
Often, the phrase “employee engagement” goes hand in hand with retention. The conventional wisdom is that an engaged employee is easier to retain. That seems like common sense so it probably is!
The Disgruntled Employee and Poor Career Planning
A huge part of the issue around retention doesn’t have to do with the employer at all. It starts with the employee! A very high percentage of employees in the U.S. have not chosen to work where they do. They have “fallen into” their current situation. When someone “falls” into their career, they might get lucky and love it! Typically though, many find their work only tolerable at best or boring and distasteful at the worst. No wonder they are disengaged and unlikely to stay!
Career Development Plan
What is an employer supposed to do? Back in the 80’s my business partner and I actually established and operated career development centers and programs for large organizations. Our mission was to ensure engagement and retention by assisting employees who found themselves in the wrong job but the right company. It worked! Of course, the other solution is to find candidates who actually have a passion for your industry.