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    • Want to retain yourbest employees? Remember, money isn’t everything. Reduce workweeks. Make no mistake. Salary is important to every Other countries do it with great success, but worker in America, and throughout the world. America has been reluctant to change its But just because your company’s “cost-of-living” standard workweek. Until now. More and more raises are better than most, doesn’t mean you’re companies are permitting employees to work doing everything you can to satisfy employees. four, 10-hour days a week. And the results are And you could pay the price by losing them to surprising — employees accomplish more in a other companies that will. reduced work week than the usual 9 to 5, five days a week. It seems that Fridays may be even Besides being an effective manager, here are more unproductive than anyone realized. other ways you can compensate your staff that go beyond salary increases: Allow job-sharing. Take better advantage of the part-time work- Provide on-site day care. force and allow job sharing. A recent study of There is a day care crisis in America. In this working parents with small children found that country, 10 million children under the age of 6 job-sharing was considered a highly attractive do not have a parent home during the day option when considering an employment because of their work. The same is true for 13 opportunity. According to a report in Human million children between 6 and 13. And many Resources Executive, two employees sharing parents are finding it increasingly more difficult one job are more productive than one employee to locate satisfactory day care, let alone afford it. working full time. But according to recent studies, corporations Provide flexible-hour alternatives. who do get involved with child care report lower In a study of American workers by the Gallup turnover, lower absenteeism among parents Organization, it found that a vast majority whose children attend the center, and better of employees consider flexible hours an recruitment efforts. Those facts alone should important part of a job. In fact, one study found make providing day care benefits worth your that two-thirds of working men and woman consideration. would reject a promotion if it required them
    • Want to retain your best employees? to spend less time with their families, and Provide opportunities for employees to attend would consider flexible hours an attractive seminars that will improve their skills. Hold in- option. By developing a work schedule that house seminars if costs necessitate. To foster meets both your needs and your employees, career guidance, set up a mentorship program productivity will increase, absenteeism will in your company that pairs high-level executives decrease, and employee morale will soar. with young professionals. Consider these benefits, and keep your options Do what you can to show you’re willing to invest open to other ways you can meet employees’ company resources to help your employees unique needs. move up the corporate ladder, and they will stay Let certain employees work at home. to see how far they can go. Guaranteed. Sounds risky, but studies show that produc- Encourage physical fitness. tivity increases from 20 to 40 percent when High cholesterol and high blood pressure people work at home. Why? It seems that when counts are amongst a corporation’s worst employees are based out of the house they enemies. Keeping your employees healthy work at their peak times with fewer interruptions should be a major priority. Many companies and distractions, have more freedom from peer pay for employees’ health club memberships, pressures and productivity norms, spend less offer rewards for employees that quit smoking, time and energy dealing with the hassle of and hold aerobic classes during work hours. commuting, and miss fewer workdays. Always find new ways to And with laptops, blackberries and teleconfer- compensate excellence. encing technology available at reasonable cost, there’s practically nothing an employee When employees reward your company can’t do at home. with outstanding results, reciprocate the effort. Some companies provide incentives Emphasize career development. such as trips to tropical islands, or company Encourage employees to consider improving cars, or home computers. Don’t offer the same their education, and offer tuition reimbursement incentives over and over again. Seek out if their selected course of study can benefit your different ways to reward your employees to company in the long run. Be sure to set up maintain an edge on competitors. And whatever a system that ensures employees won’t “skip the incentive, make sure it meets a real need town” once their degrees are well in hand. of the employee, whether it’s a stress-relieving family vacation (if there’s such a thing!), or a voucher for a selected day care facility. adeccousa.com ©2011 Adecco