Finweek English Edition - - MANAGEMENT -

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.

© 2012 Har­vard Busi­ness School Pub­lish­ing Corp. Dis­trib­uted by The New York Times Syn­di­cate.

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