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Top 7 Tips For Keeping Valuable Employees

By Joan Stewart

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  1. Say "thank you" and say it often, especially if you're the boss.

  2. Allow employees to set their schedules according to the time of year when they need the most time off. An employee who coaches Little League and football, for example, might want to work 60 hours a week in the winter and 35 hours a week during spring and summer.

  3. If you hire high school students, let them schedule their work hours around extracurricular activities.

  4. Give employees who refer a new job candidate to you one chance to win a super-duper prize like a Harley-Davidson or a Volkswagen Beetle. Then watch your referrals soar.

  5. Create a "Wow Wall" in an open area of your company where letters from happy customers are displayed. If a certain employee is responsible for a specific compliment mentioned in the letter, include their photo next to the letter.

  6. Treat employees to holiday parties and picnics. Include spouses whenever possible. Be sure the CEO thanks the spouses publicly.

  7. If you don't have a lot of money to spend on perks, give away movie passes. Let employees go to the movies on company time.

Stewart is a media relations speaker, trainer, consultant and publisher of The Publicity Hound newsletter. She is also author of "113 Tips for Recruiting Valuable Employees" as well as "107 Tips for Keeping Valuable Employees." These are available at

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Article Submitted On: March 31, 2000