"Whatever you're doing now to keep great employees is not enough," says author and executive consultant James Harris. "Fifty-three percent of U.S. workers plan to voluntarily leave their jobs within five years, and 98% of human resources executives admit their companies need to do a better job of employee retention."
Harris spoke at the annual GATF/PIA, NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference in Chicago earlier this month, and presented a six-step process designed to help companies keep their best employees and grow their organizations. Among the steps he lined out included understanding your organization's core culture, and aligning that culture with people, services, and processes.
"When you set about to find new employees, don't think in terms of merely filling slots," he says. "Instead, look for people who will drive your culture. The first step in doing that is to determine and define what your company's culture is—what's important to it. Without doing that, you're at a loss because if everything is important, then nothing is important."
Harris also emphasized profiling employees to determine common characteristics, implementing best practice steps for recruiting and retaining great employees, and examining what improvements are needed by assessing current recruiting and retention programs.
The Sheetfed Pressroom Conference is a series of informative seminars, general sessions, and workshops for industry professionals. The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF)/Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), the GATF/PIA, NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference sponsors the conference.