HR Thursdays ~ Best Practices for Recognition and Retention
Retaining good employees has become even more challenging in the current competitive labor market. Due to the low supply of candidates for open positions as well as the fact that turnover can cost organizations thousands of dollars each year, we need to take a more proactive approach to retention. While the norm is to conduct an Exit Interview when employees give their notice, this is typically being done when the employee has already made a solid decision to leave the organization. Making Stay Interviews part of your culture can give you the information you need to retain good employees before they decide to leave. Additionally, Stay Interviews have been shown to build stronger relationships and increase trust between the leader and their team.
Presenter: Dianne Day, Director of Finance & HR at Schooner Estates in Auburn & Mary Kozicki LaFontaine, Director of Employee Development and Engagement at Sebago Technics
Dianne has worked for Schooner Estates in Auburn for 11 years and in the finance/human resources realm for 35. Her role as Director of Finance & HR has given her a view of both the difficulty in finding good hires and the hard cost of turnover. Dianne has worked with management to develop a culture of nurturing team members and finding the best fit within the organization whenever possible. Stay conversations and team member communication are all part of the culture.
Mary Kozicki LaFontaine is the Director of Employee Development and Engagement at Sebago Technics, a civil engineering firm. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she moved to Maine in 1987; she holds a Bachelor?s degree in Studio Arts and a Master?s degree in Adult Education. Mary has over 25 years? experience in human resources, training, staff development, and workforce development. Mary and her husband, live in Auburn; they have four adult children and nine grandchildren.
HR Thursdays are presented in partnership with the LA Metro Chamber, Central Maine Human Resource Association, and the Lewiston CareerCenter and offer employers resources and tools to help gain a competitive edge. Presenters will share best practices with businesses owners, HR staff, and hiring managers in order to create meaningful recruitment, training, and retention strategies. HR Thursdays allow participants, whether employers of one employee or 1500, to gain the information needed to survive the labor shortage while giving tangible, and usable, tools and resources.