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What drives best workers out of the door?

I was doing my nightly stumble and I saw this article about 5 ways to drive the best workers out of the door. It talks about the things that a manager should not do with best workers.

Below is some of my comments of being an employee.

5 ways to drive your best workers out the door
-- Listen up, managers: Employees don't quit the job; they quit you.

Mistake No. 1: Keep the creative juices bottled up.

[E] As a developer, if I will not be able to share my ideas about the development this will really piss me off.

Mistake No. 2: Micromanage your staff.

[E] Yes I think micromanaging for me has disadvantages. I, myself, don't want too be questioned every now and then about my work status. I will tell you if I have problems or have already finished with the task.

Mistake No. 3: Deny new opportunities and challenges.

[E] Sometimes there are new opportunities and challenges that comes your way, but sometimes you feel that there is a better path for you. When I was a newbie, I loved my tasks because I really enjoy what I was doing. But as we grow, we want more challenges that can tickle our brains out. Or it is just me that think this way?

As a developer I really like to research and develop products using new technologies than doing other else.

Mistake No. 4: Don't listen to your employees.

[E] Everyone has the freedom to voice out their opinions or needs. If these needs are not satisfied or not compensated you just lower the morale of the people just like in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and eventually they seek somewhere else where the needs will be satisfied.

Mistake No. 5: Change the work environment without considering the impact on employees.

[E] Sudden changes has great impact on people. Even we want people to be versatile, there should be at least consultations before the change be implemented. With this, people will be prepared and willingly accepts the changes, if not they will be prepared to change path.


In the article, it also included some facts about effective tools for retention of an IT staff.

Tried-and-true tactics

When CIOs reported on their most effective tools for IT staff retention, these were among those most often cited:

Increased compensation 27%
Professional development/training 21%
Flexible schedule options 18%
Telecommuting 7%
Extra time off 6%

Base: April 2008 survey of more than 1,400 CIOs at U.S. companies with 100 or more employees
Source: Robert Half Technology

Based on that survey compensation is really the number one thing that keeps the employees. But here in the Philippines setting, I feel our compensation is not challenging enough that is why most of the people [include me :P] seeks the greener pasture of other countries.

What can you say about this article or the survey?

Here is the link the article:

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=323248

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