My employees are staying. Including my best ones. But, why? If I understand why, then I can make their staying more certain.
"The only way I know she's even thinking of staying is because of the vacation request she put in for two months from now..."
I have a few really key employees.
I'm afraid I'm going to lose them. Even though my workforce has been relatively, or even very stable, I’m still not sure which actions, variables, and strategies have the most impact on whether my key people decide to stay or decide to leave.
I could lose them to:
I try to treat them well: I pay them well, am respectful, give them authority and work to support them. I talk with them (a lot) about how they are doing at the company, if they like it, what their frustrations are – but I can’t always solve their frustrations because I don’t have endless time or money. And let's be honest: sometimes you just have to do things that kind of suck.
But, even with all of that, I really have NO IDEA whether they are going to stay long term, or if they're going to walk in tomorrow morning and tell me that they're leaving.
If I can find replacements, it will likely cost me more. Maybe the new hire won’t have company knowledge, and no question it's a risk that they won’t fit into the culture.
If any of these people left, it would not only affect the business, the customers, the other employees, but their exit would very much affect me personally. I’d have to put even MORE time dedicated to the business, taking time away from my kids and spouse, creating a HUGE negative impact on my marriage, my relationship to my kids and my life—and even my health.
It's to the point where I’d look at this and really wonder whether or not it’s worth the sacrifice — after all the time, money, effort and sacrifice that I’ve ALREADY dumped into this!
Crisis: A key employee just submitted resignation. Triage: try to figure out how/if you can keep them.
Crisis: A key employee just left the company. Concern: is this is the first of an exodus?
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