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April 08, 2008

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Paul Hebert

Truer words were never said. Turnover is only a result. The causes can be varied from engaged employees to actively disengaged employees with nowhere to go.

As with any metric - it just tells you what is - not why it is. I have encountered many folks who stay with a company for a variety of reasons - engagement wasn't even on the list.

Great post Kris.

Chris Young

Kris - It's often difficult to fathom that low turnover could actually be a sign of workplace problems, but in times like these there is little doubt that the phenomena is alive and well in the workplace.

As you point out Kris a slow economy is one cause for unengaged employees to stick around and reduce turnover numbers. I believe there are others as well...

Turnover in our community (Bismarck, ND) is very low among business professionals. Many think this is great, but I feel that it is a result of lack of ample job opportunities that an MSA of only 100,000 offers. As a result many people stay in jobs they hate and are not engaged in because there just aren't a lot of great opportunities for career movement.

I blogged on this a couple of weeks ago: http://www.maximizepossibility.com/employee_retention/2008/03/can-employee-tu.html

Good stuff Kris, be well!

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