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By Judith Welles

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Letting go

Letting go is one way to keep employees. Joanne Sujansky, an expert on workplace cultures and founder and CEO of KEYGroup consulting, says one in five workers plan to change jobs to gain better worklife balance.

"Providing flexible hours or allowing your employees to work from home shows them you value the lives they have outside the office," said Sujansky.

After having a child, an employee may want to travel less. A baby boomer worker may need to take time off to take care of the health needs of mom or dad.

By understanding the changing needs of employees and allowing time off or work at home when needed, you also help them bring stability to their lives. That means when they are at work they can place all of their focus on getting the job done.

Sujansky also advises that you insist that your employees take vacations. And when they are enjoying their time off don't call them with problems that can wait until they return.

Sounds like good advice, but studies show that federal managers often have a hard time letting go of their employees. Any tips on how to help managers get over it?

Posted by Judith Welles on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:13 PM


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