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.