How to Win Back an Employee Who Matters to Your Business How to Win Back an Employee Who Matters to Your Business How to Win Back an Employee Who Matters to Your Business Matuson The last thing a manager wants to hear is one of his star employees saying, I quit. Yet it happens all the time. But just because a good employee leaves doesnt mean you cant win this employee back. Competition for top talent only seems to increase each year (my 2014 article on talent poaching still remains relevant.) That means youll need to put more effort into retaining high performers by regularly conducting stay interviewsas well as offboarding seasonal hires who you want to return. But if they do walk away, these talent management strategiescan help you win back a high-performing employee. Stay in Touch How often have you made a decision that you regretted? For most of us, the answer would be often. We all have regrets. So do employees. A common scenario in the workplace involves a good employee who is having a bad day. His manager may look at him the wrong way. The words, I quit! fly out of his mouth before he even realizes what hes said. The employee may wish he could take his words back, but he cant so he leaves. One of the best ways to win back good employees is to make it a point to stay in touch. You can do this in a number of ways including sending an occasional email. Let the former employee know youve been thinking about him or her and wanted to reach out to see how they are doing. When doing so, consider including an article that might be of interest to them or perhaps sending a quick note about a local happening that is right up their alley. You can take this process one step further by picking up the phone and asking how their new job is going. When doing so, remind high-performing employees that they are welcome back anytime. Make your Offer Irresistible Once a top performer walks away from your company, you can entice your best employees to stay or return by creating a work environment that works for them. For example, suppose they gave notice because they are no longer able to work the schedule they were hired for. This is a good employee who is worth keeping. If at all possible, consider adjusting their schedule so that leaving is no longer their only option. Ask them specifically what it will take to retain them. Dont dismiss any ideas until you have had adequate time to consider all of them. You may not be in the position of winning back a good employee by simply offering them more money to come back. However, this doesnt mean you cant entice them to return with a promotion if there is an opening for someone with their job skills and work ethic. Keep in mind that to win back good employees, you will need to think out of the box. Career developmentopportunities are high on the wish list of many these days particularly for Millennial employees. Provide assurances that you will continue to support their career growth. You can do so by committing a dollar amount so they can attend courses or work with a coach who can help them elevate their game. Think about whom you know that may make a great mentor for this person. Offer to make an introduction, should they decide to return to your firm. Address Management Issues By now you probably have a good idea why your high-performing employees are taking their knowledge and skills elsewhere. Now is the time to take action and correct problem areas that are preventing good employees from staying. For example, its no secret that many people leave companies because of their bossormanager. Is one supervisor in your business having significantly more voluntary turnoverthan the rest? Is this the same supervisor that youve been considering moving out? Do what needs to be done. Remove this supervisor. Then reach out to those high-performers who have left due to their managers. Let them know there is a new management team in place. Ask them to consider coming back. Dont be surprised if some say yes. Continue to monitor the environment so that you can correct problems before they become big issues. This will help you retain those high-performers that youve worked so hard to secure. Allow People to Leave on their Own Terms It may seem unorthodox to discuss allowing people to leave on their own terms as part of a story thats focused on how to win back an employee who matters to your business. However, this is exactly what some of the best companies do as part of their employment strategy. Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels and Resorts, said it best. We tell our employees we hope youll stay. If you do decide to go, we hope youll come back. When probed further, Leondakis said that many people do return. There is no shame in coming back. And those valued employees who do come back are welcomed with open arms.
Jenny Blondel - Naturopath, Natural Hormone Health Jenny Blondel Naturopath, Natural Hormone HealthPosted October 13, 2011, by Jordan Huidekoper The beauty of it is that I can work in an established practice one day, be in the city in the corporate sector the next, and then I can work from home. I have a very healthy work life balance being a naturopath, I have to really practise what I preach! Jenny has been looking after people in Australia and the United Kingdom for 13 years, so she knows a thing or two about staying in shape. Jenny talks about the ever-expanding world of naturopathy and shares a few secrets about keeping sickness at bay this winter! What is naturopathy? Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health. Its all about looking at the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of a person. Naturopaths treat each patient as an individual and we dont necessarily use a diagnosis focus; rather we look at a patients diet, exercise, sleep habits and his or her general lifestyle. Naturopaths use different solutions to help people get better, like herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and homeopathic medicines. Counselling can also be involved. What qualifications do you have? I have an advanced diploma in naturopathy, as well as a diploma in herbal medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and remedial massage. I graduated in 1995 so Ive been practising for a while now. What qualifications do you have? I gained my qualifications through a private college. These days you can still go to a private college to become a naturopath, but you can also go to university. Is there a regulating body that sets minimum standards for naturopaths? Very much so. The main ones in Australia are the Australian Traditional Medical Society and the Australian Natural Therapies Association. These bodies set guidelines and codes of conduct for naturopaths, and supply guidelines to colleges and universities on setting their subjects and the calibre of people they enrol. Once a naturopath graduates and begins working, these bodies make sure that they continue to learn throughout their career. The sector is well regulated and naturopaths have to have appropriate insurance, and, depending on where they practise, liability and professional indemnity insurance as well. What does an average day at work involve? I work for myself, and I practise in a few different locations. I do some corporate health work where I go into companies in Sydney and provide naturopathic consultations. Usually I use the company boardroom as a consultation room and patients come to see me for advice. I also offer wellness assessments in the corporate sector, which are 15-minute mini health assessments. I see patients at my practice, called Sydney Wholistic, on the northern beaches, and I also practise from home. I have more flexible hours there so that patients who work full time can make evening appointments to come and see me. Each consultation differs, of course, but at an initial consultation, I take a thorough case history of the patient, including the individuals, and their familys, medical history. I conduct iridology, which is a diagnostic method using the colour parts of the eye to identify areas of weakness. I also do facial diagnosis, which is looking at a persons tongue and at colours in their face. Inspecting nail health helps pick up any mineral deficiencies and I check blood pressure, do hormone testing and I may also offer blood testing. I also use a machine that conducts an analysis of vitality and longevity by measuring body composition, it tells me how old a person really is on the inside. Whats the appeal of having lots of different practices? I like the variety of moving around. I wouldnt say the different types of people because all people have the same problems wherever you are! The beauty of it is that I can work in an established practice one day, be in the city in the corporate sector the next, and then I can work from home, where I have time to work on my website and on writing my e-books. It makes me feel that I have a very healthy worklife balance and that I manage my time very effectively being a naturopath, I have to really practise what I preach! Have there been any major changes to the way you treat patients in recent years? Considering what I learnt when I first graduated and what I know now, theres a vast difference in the way we treat patients. Theres more and more research and information coming out all the time. A recent example is fertility management. A recent revelation is that iodine is incredibly important for womens health and fertility. Lots of nutrition companies are getting on the bandwagon and incorporating more potassium iodide into their supplements and thats really helping to improve the health of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive. Theres also lots of amazing research going on with echinacea. Echinacea is a fantastic herb for the immune system. At the moment, research is being carried out on its positive effect on our mood health. Our brains have little mood receptors called cannabinoid receptors and it has been found that echinacea has a positive influence on those receptors, increasing a state of calmness. So the herb is great for people who are studying and are experiencing feelings of anxiety. Whats the most common ailment that people consult you about? For me, its womens health, which is a very broad subject. That could include conditions such as worsening PMS, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome or menopause. Associated with all those conditions is weight gain, infertility and thyroid problems so they are quite common too. Why do you think people choose to consult naturopaths rather than going to a conventional doctor? Some people with chronic conditions may not get better after being treated by a doctor. An example of that is chronic fatigue syndrome theres not a lot up the doctors sleeve in treating chronic fatigue, apart from providing blood tests and recommending iron supplements and rest. A naturopath has a lot more to offer someone with chronic fatigue. Another factor is that some patients may be aware of their condition but may not want to go on certain prescription medications; they want to try something natural first. I think that because naturopathy is very holistic we listen to people and take their opinions on board, we listen to the stresses going on in their lives and take that on board, as well as considering their diet and lifestyle. People feel well looked after with a naturopath. Depending on their condition some people might want to see a naturopath rather than a GP, but Im in favour of patients seeing both. I think orthodox medicine is amazing and has a lot to offer, and I hope that in the future doctors and naturopaths will work more closely together. Whats the best thing about your job? The best part of my job is making people feel better and they are so grateful for my help. Also, seeing someone lose 30 kilograms of body fat and watching their whole outlook on life adjust is very rewarding. Whats the worst? When Im dealing with chronic patients and terminally ill patients, its really tough because Im doing my best to support them and their wellbeing while theyre going through cancer treatment or something like that. Sometimes I wish I could do more, its really hard when you feel like you dont have a magic wand for those conditions. What are some tips that will help people stay healthy during winter? I have some great tips; I call it my winter insurance checklist! From a dietary point of view, I always recommend people to eat immune-boosting nutrients which are found in vitamin C-rich foods like capsicum, chilli, kiwi fruit, blackcurrants, oranges and broccoli. Zinc is also really important, so eat pumpkin seeds, oysters and shellfish. It is also important to generally follow a healthy diet with lots of wholegrain and adequate protein and drink plenty of water during the day. If you have a cold, I recommend that you have manuka honey and lemon drinks, ginger and homemade chicken soup (which reduces phlegm). Also, cut out or reduce your sugar, tea and coffee intake, as well as white flour products and alcohol if its in excess. Then I would generally recommend taking vitamin C, perhaps 2000 milligrams a day or more, and taking some zinc. If people are very prone to chesty coughs and bronchial type conditions, then I also recommend they take cod liver oil and, my favourite herb, echinacea. I get all my patients to take echinacea throughout the winter months and the minute they start to feel unwell to triple the dose over 24 to 48 hours. Theyre amazed at how it can stop the symptoms of a cold in its tracks. I also offer lots of common sense tips such as washing your hands regularly because the most common way a cold virus spreads is through fingertips. Also people should make sure they rest appropriately and wrap up and keep warm, so if youre going outside, wear a scarf to cover the thymus gland which is the master immune gland and sits behind the sternum/chest bone. Think a career as a naturopath is your calling? 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