10 ways to stop great employees from leaving

You’ve recently read how to hurry and harass superior workers out the door. Now hear how to keep them coming back for more, from an apostle of positivity.

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Many Ragan readers have probably already read “The Top 10 Ways to Ensure Your Best People Will Quit” by recruitment professional Mel Kleiman. It’s a great to-the-point read, providing tips on what not to do.

But here’s the problem: The article says what we shouldn’t do. It provokes negative thoughts, which often lead to a reaction in opposition. By opposition, I mean action that leads to the very outcome one sought to avoid.

I am an advocate of positive thinking. As naive as it sounds, I believe our positive or negative thoughts have enormous effect on the result.

I loved Kleiman’s piece, but I thought it needed follow-up tips on what to do to ensure your great people will stay:

1. Give more praise and recognition. It’s not always about money or tangible extrinsic rewards. Why? Many people quit because of lack of appreciation. Extroverts or introverts, your employees still get a kick out of public or private praise. People like to be recognized for their wins.

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