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My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “The Secret to Retaining Your Best Employees.”

It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Labor Day, the holiday dedicated to recognizing the achievements of American workers. With an unemployment rate hovering around 5.3 percent, many employers are asking the same question: “How do we retain our best employees?”

They have good reason to wonder. It’s hard to find great employees. Then it can be difficult to convince them to quit their current job to move to a new city in order to join a new company. It’s both a big risk to switch jobs and a huge pain to move.

So, what is it that employees want? Are they looking for free lunches and after-work kickball teams?

Although those things are nice, fortunately, the answer is more straightforward. Each time I begin working with a new job seeker, they inevitably tells me why they’re looking. And, the reasons aren’t what you’d expect.

To read the rest of my column, and to find out how you can retain your top employees, visit the Memphis Daily News website here.






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