By Jim Wong, CPA | May 22, 2012

Good Managers Means Higher Retention
Your company is experiencing high turnover. You’ve reviewed the job responsibilities and expectations of each employee. You’ve examined the culture. But you’re still not sure why people are leaving. It might be time to take a look at your managers.

The one thing we have noticed over the years is common threads between all people…individuals generally leave a person, not a company.

company’s culture can be perfect however, it is the individual’s manager who generally influences the person’s choice to move on or stay. The best people want to work with someone who has a sincere interest in helping them achieve their goals. They do not want someone to take care of them, but rather to help them develop professionally and contribute to the organization. The culture of a company is important to an individual’s work place satisfaction but it is the direct manager that always has the biggest influence.

What does it take to be a good manager?

  • Specifically, the best managers should take the time to understand their team member’s needs, goals, and management and learning styles.
  • Good managers should have a genuine interest in seeing their people reach their goals inside and outside of the office.
  • Managers should provide guidance and support while also holding them accountable.

As a result, managers will get the most from their people and in turn, have higher retention rates.

At Clear Focus Financial Search we focus on organizational awareness and develop that by having our recruiters proactively seek out relationships with organizations and hiring managers before the hiring need arises. We meet face to face and systematically break down short and long-term organizational, departmental and individual position requirements. We outline a plan for each organization that not only considers necessary skills, but personality, work environment and culture. Our definition of awareness is not that an opportunity exists, but that a vast number of variables must be analyzed before a true solution can be delivered.

This article originally appeared on Clear Focus Financial Search.

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