Why Do You Choose to Stay?

I first watched the movie “Office Space” while in the office space.  My coworkers and I were the same age as the guys in the movie.  We worked in cubicles and wore ties.  Sure, we had serious jobs to do, but we weren’t there to do the work as much as we were there for…

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Have You Paid Your Dues?

I get it, you are a savvy candidate, so you know that the market leans in your favor right now.   Right now.   Things change.  Think of the long-term.  Consider paying your dues as demonstrating that they hired the right person, even if it takes a few weeks.  You don’t have to be in…

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How to Retain Employees

We have a client that offers pool tables, ping pong, an amazing workplace, flexibility, and even lunches on Friday.   There’s just one problem: their pay is awful.   And so is their employee retention.   They want an $18 an hour person, but they only want to pay them $13.   “Yeah,” they say,…

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What is the Importance of Benefits on Employee Retention?

A few months ago, we noticed a lot of the people we hired for a client’s business were quitting.   It didn’t make sense. The client seemed to be a great employer.   They paid well and they offered great benefits – healthcare, vacation time, all the usual perks.   We sent them quality employees…

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What is a Good Employee Retention Rate?

A prospective client boasted to me recently that he had never let an employee go.   At first, I was surprised. Then I was horrified.   He’s a restaurant owner. High conversion is a natural part of his business.   So I looked at his current employees. Sure enough, it was clear that one of…

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How Many Does It Take?

Those of us over a certain age probably recall the Tootsie Pop commercial. It was a cartoon depicting a boy that was trying to figure out how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.  He asks an owl perched in a tree.  By the mortarboard cap on…

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No Thank You?

“Shame on you.”   Decades ago, I sat with my wife on the floor of our studio apartment and wrote, by hand, over 150 thank you notes to our family and friends for their wedding gifts.  We had taken far too long to complete this time-consuming yet simple task.   After the wedding, we had…

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No more temps.

“We think in language. The quality of our thoughts and ideas can only be as good as the quality of our language.” George Carlin said this in one of his stand-up routines thirty years ago, and I still remember it so clearly. That comment in particular is the one that sticks with me, because of…

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