Originally Published April 12, 2010
I wonder if the obsession with employee retention is a misplaced focus for today’s leader. Studies show a retention-focus is paddling against the generational current. Young people today want meaning, responsibility and a voice in their employment. They’ll stay as long as they are growing and feel a sense of the future. But they will move on to move forward. The likelihood is you won’t keep them. What if you accept that and make it work for you?
How would you re-think your business if you knew every employee was only going to stay for 2-3 years? How would you sharpen on-boarding? How would you accelerate accountability? How would you fine-tune expectations? What changes when you empower people more quickly to make a difference? Think about it. Will they find their jobs more interesting? Stickier?