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Old 04-02-2019, 04:27 PM
 
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Hi,

I work in a management position at a medium-sized company. The atmosphere is not the best to work at - in short, the owner who's also the general manager does not believe in modern or academic management techniques, does not really care about things like employee turnover, planning, policies and procedures... etc. So department managers have a lot to do to make the atmosphere more reasonable for employees.

My story: I have a good technical background in my specialty and I like to find skillful people who have such skills - I did well recently catching and hiring such people. In my department I always have one "senior" employee whom I care most of his/her well-being and satisfaction at work, I give special training and support, appreciate his/her talent and hard work, and they pay back with very good work. Except, in six months I lost two of these good employees to better opportunities - and it's very hard to find these people in my country. I also cannot offer these employees higher salaries because the offers they get is much higher, like 2X, plus they do not feel safe considering the top management mentality so it is hard to convince them. They both are good friends afterwards and they respect me personally.

The problem is that I don't see other departments having the same issue. Their work is less technical but the managers seem to make a group that seems stable. I really don't know whether it's my fault or not. I believe that in general good employees always find better opportunities. If an employee is not happy with his/her salary or company situation, then the only reason he stays is he cannot find a better opportunity for whatever reason, is that right?

I need advice and help on how to keep the next good employee!

Thanks...
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Old 04-02-2019, 04:49 PM
 
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My first thought is salary.

Do the employees in other departments have the same opportunity to make twice as much money at other companies? If their salary is market rate and your employees are at 1/2 market rate, your hands are tired.
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Old 04-03-2019, 04:55 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I need advice and help on how to keep the next good employee!
That seems a lost cause.
I think it's time for you to join the leavers.
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:25 AM
 
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OP, to retain the qualified and skillful employees, you need to pay them well. Doesn't look like you have many options but hire second rate people if your company doesn't cough up the money.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:00 AM
 
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Pretty obvious...what they said.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:46 AM
 
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Agree that it's likely time you look for another job yourself. It's all about the benjamens. You might find yourself a better position once you begin looking. Why stay at a company that doesn't appreciate your efforts?
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:15 AM
 
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On a different note, why haven't you left? Do your former employees make more than you now? Can you make twice the money as a supervisor at their companies?

There's no way I am staying at a company that pays half as much the competition for the same job and hours. After the first 20 hours@market rate, you are working for FREE.

With such a large discrepancy salary, you are funding the owner's family and not your own family. My wife would kill me, if I took better care of the owner's family.

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Old 04-03-2019, 07:31 AM
 
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Go take a job as a manager at the employers who do things right. Then you can easily gain and keep the top talent.

Unless you can somehow convince the owner to stop cheaping out (fat chance) you are pretty much stuck.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Salary and workplace culture are probably lacking.
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:07 AM
 
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Garbage in garbage out. Play it cheap, enjoy mediocre results and loss of talent. Companies haven’t learned yet. Or they have just refused to accept it
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