We're about halfway through 2009 — one of the worst recessions in most of our memories — and everyone's taking stock, from White House to Wall Street. The economy has hit the big guys hard, from the financial powerhouses to the Big Three automakers. So how are we, the small business owners, doing?
The good news is that many of us are still in business and we found a resiliance we didn't know we had. Hopefully many of us used this time to improve our processes, strengthen our businesses, and equally as important, create the type of workplace that will attract the best and the brightest.
In the not-too-distant future, we hopefully will be back to business as usual and even focusing on growth. The organizations that have done a good job of supporting and developing their employees will likely have a loyal, dedicated group of workers to help move them into this next phase. Those that have not, may find themselves replacing key people at the same time they are trying to move their business forward.
So, what does it take to be a "Workplace of Choice?" How can you create a culture that attracts and retains the best and brightest? Here are a few strategies that we have successfully applied to our business and with our clients:
By creating a "Workplace of Choice," you'll not only retain employees, but you'll also have a better chance of attracting the best and the brightest. I believe, "If you build it, they will come."