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How to Keep Staff from Abandoning Ship

How to Keep Staff from Abandoning Ship

Previously, we shared Ivan Temes' advice on building a solid foundation with your staff now to ensure their loyalty during a future downsizing. Once a closing or transition is underway, Temes, founder of Leadership and Loyalty, offers these tips to keep staff members from abandoning ship midstream.
 
- Be completely honest. In these types of situations, there is often a lack of specific information filtering down. Do your best to clarify these issues and give as many details as possible.
 
- Take the time to personally speak to each staff member about his or her individual needs. Do not delegate this responsibility!
 
- Offer as much assistance and support as possible. I conducted mock interview sessions with interested staff during work hours to help them hone their interviewing skills.
 
- Communicate on a daily basis, even if nothing has changed. Frequent communication squelches rumors.

Posted: 10/27/09
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