Promoting your company as an employer of choice to your employees won’t work if they don’t believe it. So the first step is basic: Determine whether your people really choose to be there, or would change jobs if given an opportunity.
When workers have the requisite education and skills training, they will make conscious choices about their employment, including where to apply and whether to stay. When we wrote our book about the employment-choice concept, we researched how people make decisions about where they work.
We learned that eight criteria are used by the majority of respondents to our surveys:
With these criteria in mind, do your research. Employee interviews, focus groups and attitude surveys will help you evaluate your situation. Listen carefully for areas in which employees feel your company is not up to par. Fix those problems. As people become more satisfied, they will choose to stay and deliver high performance.
SOURCE: Roger E. Herman, Herman Group, Greensboro, North Carolina., author of How to Become an Employer of Choice, April 3, 2006.
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