These resources were shared during the Ready, Set, Get Back to Business symposium May 12-14, 2020
Session 4: Keeping Good Employees on Board
Facilitated by: Dawn McCooey, Entrepreneur in Residence, Women’s Enterprise Centre and Tanja Halsall, MA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief People Officer, Potentia Human Resources & Engagement Consulting
The #1 reason employees leave is because they’re unhappy with their supervisor. Dawn McCooey and Tanja Halsall talked to WEOC virtual symposium-goers about how to keep good workers:
– Recognize your employees and honour their contributions.
– Build a culture of trust by telling the truth, listening to others, demonstrating competence and showing humility.
– Show your vulnerable side.
– Ask questions and really listen to what your employees are saying.
– Make your actions match your words.
Ideas and insights from Dawn and Tanja:
- “Now is the best time to ask yourself and others, what does your company stand for? What are its values?” — Dawn McCooey
- “Why do (employees) stay? Leadership, leadership, leadership, leadership.” — Dawn McCooey
- “We need to make sure that we just stop… I would encourage you every day to wake up and recognize at least five people in your world.” — Tanja Halsall
- “Right now, the power of relationship is more important than ever.” — Tanja Halsall
- “When we think of how to engage our employees, trust is number one.” — Tanja Halsall
- “True leadership is collaborative leadership where you make sure everyone has a voice.” — Tanja Halsall
- “Recognition doesn’t need to be monetary.” — Tanja Halsall
- “If you want to design your (corporate) culture, you have to be very intentional and very transparent as a leader.” — Dawn McCooey
- “A lot of people don’t suggest things to leadership because they don’t think they’ll be open to change.” — Tanja Halsall
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