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Stay Interviews: A Powerful Employee Engagement and Retention Tool

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Anyone awaiting the “lifetime employment” situation is living in a time warp. Those days are clearly behind us. Having said this, retaining employees is very crucial for organizations, simply because talented employees, their ultimate resource, are very hard to find.

Organizations spend enormous amounts of energy and time trying to build a talent pool, which, once built, should be retained for the organization’s own good. Retaining talent and cutting on high attrition rates will not only bring down hiring and replacement costs; it also ensures continuity in the team and prevents the organization earning a bad reputation in the market as one that cannot retain talent.

What are the ways by which organizations can build and retain talented employees? These will be the topic of a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources industry, is organizing on March 11. Melveen Stevenson, CEO and founder of M.S. Elemental, LLC, a human resources and business advisory firm, will be the speaker at this webinar.

Please visit http://bit.ly/2INTXyc to enroll for this webinar. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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The essence of this webinar is on the ways by which organizations can make use of he powerful tool for employee retention, stay interviews. What is a stay interview and how is it useful in helping HR retain talented employees? A stay interview is an interview that HR carries out on an employee who has made up her mind to quit. To start the stay interview process, HR has to have credible information about the employee’s intention to quit. And then, it should structure the stay interview in a manner that is quite formal instead of being unstructured and loose.

It is HR’s responsibility to create an environment at the stay interview that will make the candidate feel at ease. Since the leaving employee has nothing to lose, it is quite possible that she will have no hesitation about opening up. HR should take a sympathetic view of the events or other reasons that are responsible for the employee’s decision to leave the organization.

This webinar will explain all the details of how to make a stay interview successful. And then, how is success measured? Is it when the employee has reversed her decision to leave? Is it when HR has elicited information from the leaving employee that could prove vital in building an environment of trust and cordiality that will pave the way for retention of future employees? These are some of the obvious questions about stay interviews.

Melveen will how HR can take a proactive approach that engages both the organization and the employees and put in place a stay interview process that will help the organization retain its best and brightest talent. This session is of huge benefit to those who are concerned with retaining employees, such as Human Resources Professionals at all levels, People Managers and Supervisors at all levels, Talent Management Professionals, Department Managers and Directors of Operations.

Melveen will address the following areas at this webinar:

  • Understanding the components of an effective stay interview strategy
  • Identifying your goals and commitments before engaging in the stay interview process
  • How to set up and prepare for the initial stay interview
  • Review of powerful, insightful questions for the stay interview
  • Best practices for following through with the stay interview.

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About the speaker:

A certified HR professional with a background in accounting and finance, Melveen helps companies to navigate the human resources “jungle” of compliance, human capital, and leadership challenges. Melveen has held leadership positions in human resources operations, supply chain, and talent management at international companies in food manufacturing, medical devices, and consumer products. She has also worked internationally.

 

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Giving and Receiving Feedback

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TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources area, will organize a webinar on the topic, “Giving and Receiving Feedback” on March 11. Career specialist, corporate trainer, and workplace coach, Colleen Clarke will be the speaker at this webinar. Please visit http://bit.ly/2SA2TGV  to participate in this webinar.

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Feedback is a vital, yet often mistaken, part of an organization’s wellbeing. It is quite different from criticism or biased opinion. Feedback is very important in helping employees understand their strengths and weaknesses. The art of giving effective feedback lies in how it is given constructively without causing offence.

Feedback goes beyond the usual niceties of “thank you” and “please”. Few other exercises can match feedback that is given by the right person in the right proportion and with purpose and objectivity. Frequent and effective feedback is a great means to increasing productivity and facilitating team harmony. Feedback should be heard rightly and patiently if it has to be enforced. Feedback can go a long way in:

  • Reinforcing existing strengths
  • Keeping goal directed behavior on course
  • Clarifying the effects of behavior
  • Increasing recipients’ abilities to detect and remedy errors on their own.

Positive feedback to employees about their good work can be the supreme motivator for them. It is important to know how to give feedback with dignity and integrity. It should never be given superficially and should always be honest and respectful.

On the other hand, the other component of feedback, namely receiving feedback, is also equally important and takes special skills. Receiving undeserved positive feedback can make this success go to the employee’s head and make her feel unduly important in the organization. On the other hand, negative feedback, when given at a time that positive feedback needs to be given, can have a deleterious effect. It can demotivate the employee, hurt her, make her feel unwanted, and can even hasten her exit from the organization.

Thus, many elements go into both giving and receiving feedback. In this session, the speaker will explore the nature and purpose of giving feedback, and how and when to share it. She will also explain the basics of emotional intelligence and how to apply it when giving or receiving feedback, because taking feedback that we don’t want to hear, in the right spirit requires emotional ability. The right emotional intelligence in the person receiving the feedback can avoid misunderstanding about the feedback.

At this webinar, Colleen will cover the following areas:

  • Examine the importance of feedback in the workplace
  • Get six tips on how to receive feedback and six tips on how to give feedback
  • Learn useful phrases for giving feedback
  • Learn how to give your boss feedback.

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About the speaker: Colleen specializes in the areas of career management and transition, communication and networking. For the past 20+ years she has inspired, through her training and counseling, thousands of people in groups and individually to maximize their career and workplace potential.

Over the 10 years she administered and facilitated Canada’s most recognized support group, over 7000 job seekers benefited from the weekly motivational and educational meetings and workshops. Colleen is a qualified MBTI Step 1 & 2, Personality Dimensions, True Colors and EQ-i2.0 facilitator. She is the author of Networking How to Build Relationships That Count and How to Get a Job and Keep It.