5. RELAXATION TIME:
Be generous with time off. Despite the tough economy, provide sufficient time for sick days, family vacations, new babies and so on. Pacing work f low can be highly beneficial to enduring employee relationships. You should expect and even demand highquality performance, but it is unreasonable to expect a continual level of pressure at 100%. Allow employees the chance to catch their breath from one assignment to the next with the help of team-building activities or break periods over the course of the day.
It’s important to remember that a longterm commitment requires effort in both directions. While it’s fully understandable that most organisations look askance at perpetual job-hoppers, remember that if you expect and hope that employees will make and keep long-term commitment to your company, it’s equally vital that you give them good reasons to stay. David K Williams and Mary Michelle Scott are CEO and president, respectively, of the paired leadership team of Fishbowl, provider of Fishbowl Inventory Software.
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